The Cinderella season for Clemson has finally struck midnight as they lost to Kansas 80-76 on Friday night in the Sweet 16.
Kansas (30-7) advances to the Elite Eight to face the winner of Duke-Syracuse on Sunday.
Clemson (25-10) cut a 20-point second half deficit to six on a dunk by Shelton Mitchell with 2:27 remaining.
However, Kansas converted their free throws down the stretch to hang on for the victory .
Malik Newman led Kansas with 17 points. Gabe Devoe finished with a career-high 31 points and team-high nine rebounds for Clemson.
Clemson allowed Kansas to convert at a 43.5 percent clip from the 3-point line.
Clemson reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1997 despite being without leading scorer Donte Grantham (torn ACL) since January.
Clemson defeated New Mexico State and Auburn in the first two rounds before losing to Kansas.
Here’s what Clemson coach Brad Brownell had to say after the defeat:
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) March 24, 2018
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