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Harrison 16 leads late Clemson charge for a 73-68 NIT win over Belmont

  • Belmont's Craig Bradshaw, left, and Clemson's Ibrahim Djambo chase after a loose ball during the first half of their NCAA college basketball National Invitational Tournament game at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C., on Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

    Belmont's Craig Bradshaw, left, and Clemson's Ibrahim Djambo chase after a loose ball during the first half of their NCAA college basketball National Invitational Tournament game at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C., on Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Clemson's K.J. McDaniels prepares to dunk during the first half of their NCAA college basketball National Invitational Tournament game against Belmont at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C., on Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

    Clemson's K.J. McDaniels prepares to dunk during the first half of their NCAA college basketball National Invitational Tournament game against Belmont at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C., on Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Belmont's Craig Bradshaw, left, drives to the basket as Clemson's Austin Ajukwa defends during the first half of their NCAA college basketball National Invitational Tournament game at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C., on Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

    Belmont's Craig Bradshaw, left, drives to the basket as Clemson's Austin Ajukwa defends during the first half of their NCAA college basketball National Invitational Tournament game at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C., on Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)  (The Associated Press)

Damarcus Harrison scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Clemson used a late 12-2 run to beat Belmont 73-68 Tuesday night and reach the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden.

It was the 12th straight NIT home game won by the Tigers (23-12), who advanced to New York for the second time in as many appearances in the tournament. Clemson lost in the title game to West Virginia in 2007.

Clemson will play either SMU or California.

The Tigers trailed 66-61 with 3:52 left after the second of Craig Brad Shaw's consecutive 3-pointers. Rod Hall began the rally with a three-point play Harrison followed with five straight points to put Clemson ahead 69-68. After a Belmont turnover, Hall hit a driving layup for a 71-68 lead and the Bruins could not respond.

Bradshaw had 21 points to lead Belmont (26-10), which missed its final four shots.