Clemson Forward Jaron Blossomgame Talks Win Over Duke

The Clemson Tigers just keep rolling.

Clemson knocked off No. 9 Duke, 68-63, on Wednesday for its fourth consecutive win, as forward Jaron Blossomgame finished with a game-high 17 points.

“It was a big-time win,”Blossomgame said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “We have a lot of confidence right now. We went home over Christmas break and we really refocused for the ACC season. Guys came back refocused and ready to go. We’ve (won) four games in a row. We’re playing really well right now.”

The Tigers had beaten Florida State, Syracuse and then-No. 16 Louisville before knocking off the Blue Devils. Clemson dominated down low against Duke, with forward Donte Grantham scoring 16 points and center Landry Nnoko finishing with 12 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.

“I love our guys,” Blossomgame said. “We always fight. We come to practice every day to work hard and it’s paying off. It’s a really big win for us, and moving forward we want to stay positive and keep it going.”

Duke shot 11-of-25 (44.0 percent) from three but just 2-of-7 (28.6 percent) from the foul line. Clemson, meanwhile, drilled 12-of-13 (92.3 percent) freebies.

“It’s crucial,” said Blossomgame, who went 8-of-8 from the stripe. “We have older guys that have been in situations like this, so we understand the importance of making free throws and making big plays down the stretch.”

Clemson (11-6, 4-1) hosts No. 8 Miami (13-2, 2-1) this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. The Hurricanes have won eight of nine.

“It’s a big opportunity with Miami coming in hot, but we’re playing really good basketball right now,” Blossomgame said. “I trust that Coach (Brad) Brownell and our coaching staff will come up with a good game plan and have us ready and locked in.”

Miami will be Clemson’s third straight game against a ranked opponent, with No. 13 Virginia and No. 20 Pittsburgh to follow on Jan. 19 and 27, respectively.

“I always tell people that as a high school basketball player, the ACC is where you want to play basketball,” Blossomgame said. “You’re going to be playing against the big guys and the really good players every night. It’s really competitive. To play in a league like this and stay competitive, you have to work hard. My guys, we really work hard night in and night out. We’re playing really well right now. It’s a big-time win for our program. I’m happy for our coaching staff and I’m happy for my teammates.”

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