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Clemson loses to No. 6 Miami 62-49

Saturday - 3/9/2013, 6:36pm  ET

Miami's Reggie Johnson (42) almost falls to the floor after rebounding the ball from Clemson's Milton Jennings (24) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Coral Gables, Fla., Saturday, March 9, 2013. Miami won 62-49. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Clemson lacked the necessary firepower to pull off the role of spoiler Saturday.

The Tigers shot just 40 percent, sank only three 3-pointers and lost 62-49 to the No. 6-ranked Miami Hurricanes, who clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference title outright on their third try.

Clemson (13-17, 5-13 ACC) endured its sixth consecutive loss, and its ninth in the past 10 games.

"I feel like we can play with everybody," coach Brad Brownell said. "We just haven't found ways to win some of these games. We get to a point where go through an offensive drought. Eventually, those things catch up to us. The margin for error is very small because of that."

Freshman Jordan Roper led the Tigers with 12 points, all in the first 5 minutes before Shane Larkin entered the game and began to guard him.

"Jordan got off to a great start for us," Brownell said. "They did a better job on him as the game wore on."

Devin Booker had 11 points for the Tigers in 23 minutes. K.J. McDaniels added nine points and six rebounds off the bench.

The Hurricanes had struggled on defense recently, but they clamped down and limited Clemson to one basket during a pivotal 9
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