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MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME Duke forward David McClure's buzzer-beating layup with three-tenths of a second left (as seen on the shot clock, far left) enabled the then 10th-ranked Blue Devils to edge No. 19 Clemson 68--66 last Thursday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. But ... before this play there was much confusion over clock management. Clemson's Vernon Hamilton made a layup to pull the Tigers to within three, at 66--63, with five seconds left, then stole the ensuing inbounds pass and hit a game-tying three-pointer. But the clock, which had stopped after his layup, was not restarted until his jump shot was almost in the basket—a pause of more than a second. Officials stopped play and restored the time remaining to 4.4 seconds. Duke's Josh McRoberts then inbounded the ball to Jon Scheyer, who passed to McClure for the winning score. Without the added second, time would have expired before McClure got the shot off. The next day the ACC ruled that the officials had erred by not restarting the clock at the correct time. The result was unchanged.