Huskies Edge Clemson In Overtime

Dec. 22, 2000

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) - Michael Johnson hit a 10-foot turnaround jumperin the lane as time expired to give Washington a 77-76 overtime victory overClemson on Friday in the third-place game of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic.

Johnson, who finished with 12 points including a big 3-pointer in the finalminute of regulation, got the ball to the left of the lane with about fourseconds left. He started across the lane and looked like he was about to loosethe ball when he turned and nailed the game-winning shot.

Will Perkins, who missed the first two games of the tournament because of avirus, led the Huskies (6-4) with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Thalo Greenadded 18 points, half from 3-point range.

Will Solomon, who had 33 points for Clemson (7-4) in its semifinal loss toNo. 22 Cincinnati, finished with 26 against Washington but the junior guarddidn't score in the overtime, missing four shots, including three 3-pointers.

Solomon hit a 3 - he was 5-for-10 from beyond the arc - to cap a 12-0 runthat got Clemson within 58-55 with 7:47 to play. Green then hit a short jumper45 seconds later - Washington's first field goal in 6:41.

Clemson's first lead since late in the first half came with 4:45 to play ontwo free throws by Solomon that made it 63-62.

Johnson hit his only 3-pointer in three attempts with 50 seconds left togive the Huskies a 69-68 lead. Solomon scored a drive with 30 seconds to playto make it 70-69 and the Huskies tied it with four seconds left when Ben Coffeemade the second of two free throws.

Tony Stockman of Clemson got a 3-pointer off at the buzzer but it bouncedoff the rim.

Clemson had two three-point leads in the overtime, the second at 76-73 ontwo free throws by Adam Allenspach, who had 17 points, with 1:59 to play.

Green, who had a career-high 20 points in the opening round and 15 in thesemifinal loss to No. 17 Alabama, scored down low with 1:40 left to bring theHuskies within one.

Clemson missed three shots on its next possession, including a 3 by Solomon,who was 9-for-17 from the field and 5-for-10 on 3-point attempts. Coffee misseda 3-pointer with 25 seconds left but the long rebound went out of bounds offClemson with 20 seconds to go.

After a timeout, Washington held the ball until there were about 10 secondsleft then started the final play that ended with Johnson being swarmed by histeammates on the court.

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