Hall’s layup gives Clemson 50-49 win over Illinois

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A solid run in the NIT is a nice reward for a team little was expected from. Clemson was picked to finish 14th in the 15-team Atlantic Coast Conference, and might have made the NCAA tournament if it closed out the game against Pittsburgh or what ended up a one-point ACC quarterfinal loss to Duke.

“It shows how much hard work we’ve put in. We’re going to keep fighting and grinding,” McDaniel said.

Clemson fans also had a surprise of their own. They jammed Littlejohn for a rare 11 a.m. Sunday tip, filling almost every seat and leaving some people standing around the concourses all game.

“It was really special to come to Littlejohn and see 10,000 people,” Brownell said. “I appreciate them going to church early.”

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