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Patrick McCaffery

NICEVILLE, Fla. — Redshirt junior Patrick McCaffrey hit his career high with 21 points and No. 25 Iowa held off Clemson 74-71 on Friday to reach the Emerald Coast Classic championship game.

Iowa (5-0) meets the TCU California winner in Saturday’s title game. Clemson (4-2) will play the TCU California loser.

“It didn’t go exactly as we planned,” McCaffrey said, but added, “We live for these competitive, high-intensity games.”

Tony Perkins, whose playing time was limited due to early foul troubles, scored eight of his 11 points in the final two minutes by making a layup and six of six free throws to quell a furious Tigers comeback attempt.

“He’s kind of like that,” said Iowa coach Fran McCafffey, Patrick’s father. “He’s a player. In such situations you trust him.”

The Hawkeyes held a 14-point lead with just under eight minutes to go, but Clemson equalized on 62 points after a 3-point strike from Breven Galloway capping a 16-2 run.

Chase Hunter hit a 3-pointer for Clemson to cut him to 72-71 with 4.1 seconds left. Perkins made two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining.

Patrick McCaffery, one of two sons of coach Fran McCaffery on the Hawkeyes roster, hit seven of 14 shots from the field. Kris Murray was the only other double-digit scorer for Iowa with 10.

Hunter led Clemson with 21 points and Hunter Tyson had 13.

Coach McCaffrey welcomed the challenge Clemson presented.

“That’s what these tournaments are for, playing against really good teams like Clemson, very physical, deep, fast,” he said. “It gives you and you the opportunity – us and them – to find out about yourself.”

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: The win, the first this season against a Power-5 team, kept Iowa undefeated and could help secure its weak position in the AP Top 25, but the Hawkeyes will likely need to win the tournament title to stay there . They weren’t ranked in the preseason poll but snatched 25th place last week when Michigan, Dayton and TCU, their possible opponents in the Emerald Coast title game, were eliminated after a one-point loss to Northwest Louisiana state.

Clemson. The loss was Clemson’s second in as many games against Power 5 teams this season and first against a ranked team. The Tigers also fell to rival South Carolina 60-58 on November 11.

BROTHERLY LOVE

In addition to the Iowa brothers Conner and Patrick McCaffery, Clemson lined up two pairs of brothers, Chase and Dillon Hunter and Jack and Daniel Nauseef. Together they represent 11% of the 28 pairs of brothers who play on the same team nationally. Iowa also had two brothers last season, but Kris Murray’s twin Keegan opted for the NBA draft and now plays for the Sacramento Kings.

Unknown Enemies

This was only the fourth meeting between the two teams. Iowa had a 2-1 lead going into Friday’s game, but Clemson won his last encounter of 2011 as part of the ACC Big Ten Challenge. Before that, Iowa won in 1962 and 1981.

#25 Iowa 74, Clemson 71

IOWA (5-0) – P.McCaffery 7-14 6-7 21, Murray 4-17 2-2 10, Rebraca 3-7 3-7 9, Perkins 1-6 9-10 11, Sandfort 3-8 0 -0 7, Ulis 2-5 0-0 5, C.McCaffery 0-0 0-0 0, Bowen 3-3 2-2 9, Ogundele 0-0 2-2 2. TOTAL 23-60 24-30 74 .

CLEMSON (4-2) – Tyson 4-11 2-2 13, Middlebrooks 1-2 0-0 2, Galloway 2-5 0-0 6, Hemenway 2-8 2-3 7, C.Hunter 7-15 5 -5 21, Schieffelin 3-6 1-2 7, Beadle 4-12 0-0 8, Hall 0-2 0-0 0, Godfrey 3-3 1-1 7, D Hunter 0-0 0-0 0 TOTAL 26-64 11-13 71.

Halftime – Iowa 34-27. 3-point goals – Iowa 4:19 (Bowen 1:1, Sandfort 1:3, Ulis 1:3, P.McCaffery 1:6, Perkins 0:1, Murray 0:5), Clemson 8:26 (Tyson 3-5, Galloway 2-5, C.Hunter 2-5, Hemenway 1-5, Middlebrooks 0-1, Schieffelin 0-1, Beadle 0-4). Rebounds – Iowa 42 (Murray 12), Clemson 28 (Tyson 8). Assists – Iowa 12 (Sandfort 3), Clemson 11 (C.Hunter 6). Total fouls – Iowa 18, Clemson 23.



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