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McDaniels, Clemson beat Wake Forest 60-44

McDaniels, Clemson beat Wake Forest 60-44

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) K.J. McDaniels scored 14 points and had career highs with nine rebounds and seven blocks to lead Clemson to its fourth straight win over Wake Forest 60-44 on Tuesday night.

The Tigers (10-6, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) held the Demon Deacons to their lowest point total this season as McDaniels led an aggressive defensive attack that held Wake Forest's two leading scorers in C.J. Harris and Travis McKie to 20 points - 11 points below their combined average coming in.

Adonis Filer scored 13 points and Devin Booker added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers. Clemson, second in the ACC in points given up, held their second straight league opponent to 44 points.

McKie led the Demon Deacons (9-7, 2-2) with 12 points, but struggled against Clemson's inside defense and was just 4-of-13 shooting. Wake Forest shot under 25 percent (15 of 61) and had just three assists.

Clemson put the game away early with a 23-7 run in the first half. Milton Jennings and Rod Hall had five points each and Booker four points during the surge to put the Tigers ahead 27-15.

Wake Forest never came closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

McDaniels all but sealed things right after halftime, banking in a jumper and following with a 3-pointer while the Demon Deacons missed their first eight shots of the period.

Devin Thomas was the only other Wake Forest player in double figures with 11 points. McKie led the team with 11 rebounds.

Wake Forest was picked to finish 11th of 12 ACC teams this preseason, but have opened a surprising 2-1 after victories against Virginia and Boston College at home. The road, though, poses a much more difficult test for the Demon Deacons, who struggled to make shots early on against Clemson's aggressive defense.

Clemson turned up its defense during the decisive stretch as it held the Demon Deacons without a basket for nearly 9 minutes. McDaniels, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, wiped out consecutive shots with big-time blocks, swatting away an attempt near the hoop by Arnaud Adala Moto before leaping up moments later to deny Tyler Cavanaugh.

All the Demon Deacon points in the first half came from three players in Harris, McKie and Dein Thomas. The rest of the Wake lineup was 0 of 15 from the field.

Wake Forest finished just 25 percent from the field (7 of 28) in the opening period. That was Clemson's best defensive showing of any half this season.

Clemson got a boost from freshman guard Jordan Roper, who returned to action after missing last Saturday's win over Virginia with an ankle sprain. Roper had three of Clemson's six 3-pointers.

The Tigers kept up the hot shooting that began in the second half against Virginia when they shot 77 percent (10 of 13). Clemson was 12 of 22 (54.5 percent) in the first half against Wake Forest.

Cavanaugh struggled the most for the Demon Deacons. He was 0 for 11 before making his only bucket on a short put-back.

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Don't expect a big role for Ramon Sessions with Wizards after signing as free agent

Don't expect a big role for Ramon Sessions with Wizards after signing as free agent

When Ramon Sessions was last with the Wizards, he was the primary backup point guard behind starter John Wall. Now back with the team on a 10-day contract, he is expected to play a much more muted role.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks spoke of Sessions as the fourth-string point guard, not only behind Wall who remains out to recover from left knee surgery, but also behind Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier. The presence of Sessions should not affect Satoransky's minutes as the replacement starter and it doesn't sound like Frazier is in jeopardy of moving down the depth chart, either.

"I don't know how many minutes or opportunities he will get, but with the way he holds himself I feel comfortable if we need him in a pinch," Brooks said. "We have some coverage now if one of our guards goes down or gets in foul trouble."

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Brooks mentioned Sessions' ability to play some at shooting guard if needed. He also praised Sessions' penchant for getting to the free throw line. Sessions has averaged 3.9 free throw attempts in just 23.5 minutes per game. That's highest among active players who have averaged 24 minutes or less in their career.

Sessions played well for the Wizards down the stretch of the 2014-15 season and in the 2015-16 campaign. As a member of the Wizards, he averaged 9.2 points and 3.0 assists per game.

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He has played for eight different teams, but has always felt a connection to Washington.

"It just always felt like a place I could end up back one day," he said. "People always ask me, being on so many teams, 'what's the home team to you?' I always come back to the Wizards. It was a place I was only here a year-and-a-half, but it feels like much longer than that with the run we had and the fans and the support I get when I come here."

Exactly how long Sessions will be here is unclear. He couldn't crack the Knicks' rotation earlier this season and has a lot to prove. Still, he's excited for the opportunity.

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Kevin Durant commits $10 million to Prince George's County public schools

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Kevin Durant commits $10 million to Prince George's County public schools

Kevin Durant continues to give back to the community that raised him. 

Durant, who calls Prince George's County, MD., home, recently announced a partnership with Prince George's County public schools. 

The partnership, which comes with a $10 million dollar commitment from Durant, will help fund a program called College Track. Essentially, it's a 10-year program that provides basic infrastructure — test prep, tutoring, college selection and how to get financial aid — that kids from less-advantaged families often times don’t have.

Durant's money will go towards building College Track's Maryland center. There are nine other College Tracks across California, Colorado, and Louisiana, and the program has helped over 3,000 students get to college and beyond. This Maryland center will be the first of three that are planned to go up in the DC area. 

You can read the entire article about Durant and College Track right here. 

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