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No. 7 Duke escapes against Clemson, 63-62, at ACCs

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Duke's Amile Jefferson passes the ball off against Clemson on March 14 at the 2014 ACC Tournament in Greensboro. (Jeff Reeves, WNCN) Duke's Amile Jefferson passes the ball off against Clemson on March 14 at the 2014 ACC Tournament in Greensboro. (Jeff Reeves, WNCN)
GREENSBORO, N.C. -

Rodney Hood hit two free throws with 3.8 seconds left to lift No. 7 Duke past Clemson 63-62 Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

ACC rookie of the year Jabari Parker scored 18 points and Hood had 17 for the third-seeded Blue Devils (25-7).

They blew a 13-point lead with 12 minutes left before regrouping just in time to avoid joining No. 15 North Carolina and No. 11 Syracuse as ACC quarterfinal losers.

Duke will play seventh-seeded North Carolina State on Saturday in a semifinal.

Rod Hall scored 13 points to lead sixth-seeded Clemson (20-12), and his runner in the lane with 7.4 seconds left capped a late 15-5 run and gave the Tigers their only lead of the second half at 62-61.

After Hood's free throws, Hall made it deep into the lane before he was stripped by Tyler Thornton a moment before the buzzer sounded.

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