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      McDaniels, Clemson gets by Wake Forest 61-53

      CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- K.J. McDaniels scored 15 points and had 12 rebounds to lead Clemson to a 61-53 win over Wake Forest on Saturday.

      The Tigers (13-4, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) are off to their best start in the ACC since winning their first five league games in 1997-the last time Clemson went to the Sweet 16.

      The Tigers again relied on their nation-leading defense. They've held every ACC opponent to 60 points or under this year. Wake Forest (12-6, 2-3) shot just 36.2 percent (21-of-58), matching Clemson's field goal defense for the season exactly. The Tigers also came into the game allowing just 53.6 points a game.

      The Tigers blocked 10 shots and hit 18 of 21 free throws. They have already matched last year's number of victories at 13 and are in second place in the ACC after being predicted to finish 14th. But things get tougher quickly. Clemson plays five of its next six games on the road. First up is No. 22 Pittsburgh, then North Carolina, where the Tigers have never beaten the Tar Heels in 56 games at Chapel Hill.