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Clemson basketball beats Wake Forest 95-83 to snap 3-game losing skid

February 15, 2017 GMT

The mood was “heartbreaking,” last week Clemson men’s basketball coach Brad Brownell said Monday morning, his Tigers devastated after back-to-back losses against Syracuse and Duke — both in the final possessions.

They needed a way to recharge, a game that might boost confidence, put them back in the “W” column and help Clemson continue to make its NCAA Tournament case.

Tuesday, the Tigers got it.

With Wake Forest in town for a showdown at Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson beat the Demon Deacons 95-83 for its fourth conference win of the season and fifth straight against Wake Forest at home.

Marcquise Reed paced the Tigers with 21 points on 50 percent field goal shooting, two 3-pointers and nine free throws. Jaron Blossomgame followed with 17, contributing a double-double with 10 rebounds.

“We came in tonight very confident coming off a losing streak,” Reed said. ”(We were) out there playing with a chip on our shoulders.”