Second-half rally lifts Cardinals over Tigers

Louisville's Montrezl Harrell, left, attempts to work the ball inside through the defense of Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame, center, and Sidy Djitte during the first half of their NCAA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Chris Jones had his second straight 20-point second half to help fifth-ranked Louisville rally past Clemson 58-52 on Wednesday night.

Louisville trailed 22-18 at halftime after shooting 22 percent, but Jones and fellow guard Terry Rozier helped the Cardinals (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) snap out of their funk with a 17-0 run to open the second half that featured big plays on both ends.

Jones' three 3-pointers and 7-of-9 free throw shooting were crucial, especially consecutive long-range shots that gave Louisville a 42-32 lead and thwarted Clemson's momentum.

Jaron Blossomgame scored 15 points for Clemson (8-6, 0-2), which shot 31 percent from the field.