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March 7, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -Al-Farouq Aminu broke out of his slump with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Wake Forest continued its home dominance of Clemson in a 70-65 victory on Sunday that cost the Tigers' a first-round bye in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Ishmael Smith added 17 points as the Demon Deacons (19-9, 8-8) snapped a four-game losing streak, improved their NCAA tournament resume and earned the fifth seed for the league tournament.
Clemson would've secured the No. 3 seed if it was able to win at Joel Coliseum for the first time since 1990. But with top scorer Trevor Booker neutralized and the outside shots not falling, the Tigers (21-9, 9-7) slipped to the sixth seed and allowed Florida State to move into the third spot.
RALEIGH -- There was a loud thud, there was blood, and there was dazed Dennis Horner's Senior Day turning into a nightmare.
With the mindset of a resilient boxer, Horner was determined to return. So after a trip to the lockerroom for "six or seven" super-glue stitches, he came back and helped the Wolfpack floor the Eagles 66-54 and close its regular season on a positive note.
The victory -- framed by a sloppy start and strong finish -- pushed State's overall record to 17-14 overall.