UMass’ Cady Lalanne holds the trophy around his teammates after defeating Clemson, 62-56.	AP PHOTOSun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our
UMass' Cady Lalanne holds the trophy around his teammates after defeating Clemson, 62-56. AP PHOTO

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Cady Lalanne had 20 points and 12 rebounds as Massachusetts held off a late Clemson rally to win the Charleston Classic championship with a 62-56 victory Sunday night.

The Minutemen (6-0) continued their best start since the 2010-11 team opened 7-0. Not that it came easy as the Tigers (5-1) cut a 14-point lead to 59-56 on Rod Hall's basket with 56.4 seconds left.

Clemson's defense forced Chaz Williams into a wild shot the next time down the court, but Raphiael Putney was waiting to put it back for a 61-56 lead.

The Tigers final chance ended when 6-foot-10 Ibrahim Djambo was off the mark on a 3-ponter with 13 seconds to go.

Derrick Gordon had 10 points, the only other player in double figures for the Minutemen.

Rod Hall had 16 points to lead Clemson.

K.J. McDaniels, the Tigers leading scorer at nearly 19 points a game, was held to 14 on 4-of-14 shooting.

The Minutemen appeared to have this one locked up, ahead 47-33 on Maxie Esho's inside basket with 11:27 to go. That's when Clemson reeled off a 19-9 run over the next seven minutes to get within striking distance.

Massachusetts looked to build on its best start in four seasons when it opened 7-0. The Minutemen came into the tournament with wins over Boston College of the Atlantic Coast Conference and LSU of the Southeastern Conference.