Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jones Leads No. 5 Louisville Past Clemson in Low-Scoring Battle

(5) Louisville 58
Clemson 52

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Jones had his second straight 20-point second half to help the Cardinals 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 ACC) 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. He also made three of his five steals in the second period.

Jones added another timely shot from behind the arc en route to 22 points that followed Sunday's similar performance at Wake Forest in which he scored 20 of his 22 after halftime.

''I just tried to let the game come to me in the second half,'' said Jones, who shot 6 of 17 but was 5 for 12 in the final 20 minutes. ''In the first half we kind of struggled offensively without Trez (forward Montrezl Harrell) in. We had to do what we had to do. At the end of the day we got to grind it out.

''My teammates believed in me making big shots, and I had to do what I had to do.''

Rozier added 15 points, six rebounds and four assists for Louisville.

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

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