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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Cady Lalanne had 20 points and 12 rebounds as Massachusetts held off a late Clemson rally to win the Charleston Classic championship with a 62-56 victory Sunday night.
The Minutemen (6-0) continued their best start since the 2010-11 team opened 7-0. Not that it came easy as the Tigers (5-1) cut a 14-point lead to 59-56 on Rod Hall's basket with 56.4 seconds left.
Clemson's defense forced Chaz Williams into a wild shot the next time down the court, but Raphiael Putney was waiting to put it back for a 61-56 lead.
The Tigers final chance ended when 6-foot-10 Ibrahim Djambo was off the mark on a 3-ponter with 13 seconds to go.
Derrick Gordon had 10 points, the only other player in double figures for the Minutemen.
Rod Hall had 16 points to lead Clemson.