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NCAAB: West Virginia tops Clemson for third place in Charleston tournament

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Sean McNeil scored a team-high 15 points and led a second-half surge as West Virginia defeated Clemson 66-59 to claim third place in the Shriners Children’s Charleston (S.C.) Classic on Sunday night.

Taz Sherman scored 12 points, and the Mountaineers (4-1) used a 10-0 run to take control down the stretch.

Al-Amir Dawes scored a game-high 18 points and Nick Honor and PJ Hall added 10 each to lead the Tigers (4-2), whose reserves got outscored 18-8 by the Mountaineers’ bench.

West Virginia held a one-point halftime lead, and the lead changed hands five times early in the second half.

Hunter Tyson’s layup started an 11-0 run that gave Clemson a 49-39 lead. Dimon Carrigan’s tip-in stopped the run, and McNeil added a jumper that pulled the Mountaineers within six points.

The Tigers increased the lead to nine points before McNeil’s layup cut the lead to 52-47. Naz Bohannon made a layup for Clemson, but McNeil answered with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 54-50.

Bohannon made another layup, but McNeil had two baskets during a 10-0 run that gave West Virginia a 60-56 lead with about two minutes left.

The Tigers went scoreless for five minutes before Bohannon made a free throw. Malik Curry answered with a layup, but Bohannon made two free throws to cut the Mountaineers’ lead to 64-59 with 16 seconds left.

McNeil made two free throws to complete the scoring.

In the first half, Honor and Dawes scored five points each as Clemson took a 10-2 lead.

The Tigers led by eight three more times before the Mountaineers made a run. Gabe Osabuohein’s 3-point play started an 8-0 run that gave West Virginia a 20-19 lead.

The score was tied four times, and the lead changed hands six times before Curry’s basket gave the Mountaineers a 35-32 lead.

Hall’s layup made it 35-34 West Virginia at halftime.

–Field Level Media

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