Duke's Jabari Parker (1) dunks against Clemson during the first half of a quarterfinal NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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Duke's Jabari Parker (1) dunks against Clemson during the first half of a quarterfinal NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Duke holds off Clemson in ACC quarterfinals

By Joedy Mccreary

Associated Press

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GREENSBORO – 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 N.C. 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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