CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 3 Miami kept its perfect Atlantic Coast Conference season intact, no matter how bad things may have gone against Clemson.
Kenny Kadji had 12 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left in the Hurricanes' 45-43 victory Sunday night.
Their poor shooting, bad turnovers and ugly execution that showed themselves at times against the Tigers?
"All that is irrelevant," Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. "We won the game. Time to move on."
And they'll do it at 12-0 in the ACC, the hottest league start since Duke went 16-0 on the way to the conference title in 1998-99. Miami (21-3) will likely supplant Duke — which lost at Maryland on Saturday night — as the country's second-ranked team when the new poll is released today.
With six games left, the Hurricanes hold a three-game edge over second-place Duke in the ACC as they chase their first league basketball championship.
"All we're thinking about is being 13-0," said Durand Scott, held to three points on 1-of-8 shooting.
Miami's single-minded focus on the moment paid off at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Hurricanes were down 42-38 on Jordan Roper's steal and coast-to-coast layup with 2:00 to go. Clemson got the ball back moments later when Shane Larkin's 3-point try rattled in and out, and the large crowd could smell the upset.
Instead, Miami dug in down the stretch to escape with its 13th straight victory.
K.J. McDaniels missed a 1-and-1 for Clemson and Miami's Rion Brown drove the lane for a basket and got fouled, his three-point play drawing Miami within a point.
McDaniel made a free throw before Kadji hit an open 3 to put Miami in front for good. Rod Hall tried to answer for the Tigers, but Miami's Trey McKinney Jones drew the offensive foul with 13 seconds left.
After McKinney Jones made a free throw, Hall again drove to the basket, but missed a layup. McDaniels missed a tip-in attempt as time ran out.
NO. 4 MICHIGAN 79, PENN ST. 71: Trey Burke had a season-high 29 points and freshman Glen Robinson III matched a career high with 21 to help the host Wolverines (22-4, 9-4 Big Ten) bounce back from Tuesday's 23-point loss to Michigan State.
NO. 9 ARIZONA 68, UTAH 64: Mark Lyons had 18 points, freshman Brandon Ashley added 10 off the bench and the visiting Wildcats (21-4, 9-4 Pac-12) snapped a two-game skid.
NO. 20 WISCONSIN 71, NO. 13 OHIO ST. 49: The host Badgers (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten) opened with a 24-6 run, shot a season-best 53 percent from the field and held the Buckeyes (18-7, 8-5) to less than 38 percent shooting.
NO. 19 FSU 80, NO. 14 UNC 73: Leonor Rodriguez had 22 points and Chelsea Davis 21 as the host Seminoles (20-5, 10-4 ACC) beat a top-15 team for the first time since 2010. The Tar Heels (23-4, 11-3) got within 47-46 after five consecutive points by Xylina McDaniel but never went ahead.
NO. 13 GEORGIA 62, UF 57: Jasmine Hassell had 16 points and 16 rebounds as the Bulldogs (21-4, 9-3 SEC) fought off the Gators (15-11, 4-8) and ended a streak of nine wins by the home team in this series.
NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 87, MARQUETTE 49: Skylar Diggins had 23 points and Natalie Achonwa added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Irish (24-1, 12-0 Big East), who won their 19th straight game overall and school-record 20th in a row on the road.
NO. 4 STANFORD 68, NO. 15 UCLA 57: Chiney Ogwumike had 26 points to help the visiting Cardinal (24-2, 13-1 Pac-12) to its 15th straight win over the Bruins (19-6, 10-4).
NO. 5 DUKE 81, WAKE 70: Tricia Liston had a career-high 29 points and hit five 3-pointers for the host Blue Devils (24-1, 14-0 ACC), who lost star Chelsea Gray to a right knee injury. Gray went down with 8:07 left in the first half and didn't appear to be putting any weight on the leg as she was helped off the floor.
NO. 6 CAL 72, USC 64: Layshia Clarendon had 22 points for the visiting Golden Bears (23-2, 13-1 Pac-12), who held off a late rally.
NO. 7 MARYLAND 73, UVA 44: Alyssa Thomas had 27 points and 13 rebounds for the visiting Terrapins (21-4, 12-2 ACC), who used a 26-3 run spanning the halves to blow open a close game.
NO. 10 LOUISVILLE 81, DEPAUL 55: Bria Smith had a career-high 21 points and Sara Hammond had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the host Cardinals (21-5, 9-3 Big East).
NO. 12 TENN. 83, VANDY 64: Meighan Simmons led five players in double figures with 17 points for the host Volunteers (20-5, 11-1 SEC), who clinched their 37th consecutive 20-win season.
NO. 16 S.C. 62, OLE MISS 47: Ashley Bruner had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the visiting Gamecocks (21-5, 9-4 SEC), who rediscovered their defense after Thursday's 78-74 loss to Kentucky.
IOWA 72, NO. 18 PURDUE 52: Samantha Logic had 26 points and nine assists for the Hawkeyes, who beat the Boilermakers (19-6, 8-4 Big Ten) in West Lafayette for the first time since 1998.
NO. 20 DELAWARE 66, WILLIAM & MARY 44: Elena Delle Donne had 24 points for the visiting Blue Hens (22-3, 13-0 CAA), who won their 33rd straight regular-season conference game.
NO. 21 COLO. 71, ARIZ. ST. 63: Jen Reese had 22 points for the visiting Buffaloes (20-5, 9-5 Pac-12), who won their fifth straight game.
KANSAS 81, NO. 22 OKLA. 71: Carolyn Davis had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Angel Goodrich became the Jayhawks' career leader with 687 assists in an upset of the Sooners (18-7, 8-5 Big 12).
W. VA. 68, NO. 24 IOWA ST. 66: Freshman Bria Holmes scored 13 of her 18 off the bench in the second half, and the visiting Mountaineers closed with a 6-0 run to snap a four-game winning streak by the Cyclones (18-6, 9-5 Big 12).