Coastal 60, Clemson 59
CLEMSON — Chris Gradnigo tipped in his own miss as the buzzer sounded to push unbeaten Coastal Carolina past Clemson, 60-59, on Tuesday night.
The Tigers forced a Gradnigo miss with 8 seconds remaining, but guard Anthony Raffa swooped into the lane to grab the offensive rebound and give the Chanticleers (5-0) another chance.
After a pair of timeouts, Gradnigo missed a leaning jumper from the foul line.
But his defender, Bryan Narcisse, fell down backward on the shot, leaving a clear path for Grandigo to get the two-handed tip and finish off the Chanticleers’ rally from a 10-point deficit.
“This was a very disappointing loss, especially since we had chances to make stops late in the game and we didn’t get them when we needed them,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. “We struggled offensively in the second half, and I thought guys were playing a little bit tight. We made some silly passes and had turnovers that led to fast break layups, which got them back in the game.
“To their credit, they had a couple guys step up and make plays.”
Gradnigo finished with 21 points, 15 coming in the second half.
Andre Young had 20 points for the Tigers (2-2), who suffered their second straight defeat to an in-state, mid-major after falling 72-69 at College of Charleston on Saturday.