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article imageNIT Scores: SMU rallies past Clemson to reach Finals

By Larry Seely     Apr 2, 2014 in Sports
New York - Despite the disappointment of missing the NCAA Tournament, SMU can make some history after a second half rally past Clemson on Wednesday night in New York.
The Mustangs trailed by 12 points at halftime to the Tigers, but head coach Larry Brown rallied his troops over the final twenty minutes. The 73 year-old is the only coach in basketball history to win an NBA and NCAA title, but he now can add an NIT Championship to his long list of achievements with a win over Minnesota later this week.
Markus Kennedy led the way scoring 21 points, including a clutch three-point play late in the second half to secure the win. Nic Moore added 13 points as SMU improved to 27-9 for the 2013-14 college basketball season.
The loss was a tough blow for Clemson as the Tigers played a terrific first half of basketball. Four starters scored in double figures for the Tigers, led by Rod Hall with 18 points, but a lack of presence in the paint and some poor rebounding led to the defeat.
Clemson finished the year 23-13, but with its top three players likely back for next season, this squad could be a team to watch in the ACC and a threat to make the Big Dance next year.
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