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Booker lifts Clemson over Maryland 62-53

Feb 1, 2010 - 1:01 AM By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer

CLEMSON, S.C.(AP) -- Trevor Booker shook off missing his first 12 shots to score nine of his 10 points down the stretch as Clemson broke a three-game losing streak with a a 62-53 victory over Maryland on Sunday night.

Booker was the Atlantic Coast Conference's field goal percentage leader last season, but could not find the basket for most of this one. He came through, though, when the Tigers (16-6, 4-4 ACC) needed it most.

Booker tied it at 48 on a short jumper, then put Clemson up for good, 52-50, with two foul shots.

He followed 2 minutes later with a 3 - his first in nine games - that pushed Clemson's lead to 57-53 with 3:23 left.

Maryland (14-6, 4-2) did not score the rest of the way.

Jerai Grant had a career high 18 points along with 10 rebounds for the Tigers. Booker had 16 boards.

Jordan Williams had 13 points to lead Maryland, which has lost three straight to Clemson.