HARTFORD, Conn. -- Dale Davis scored 26 points and grabbed 17 rebounds Saturday as No. 17 Clemson recovered from a 19-point deficit to post a 79-75 victory, ending No. 13 La Salle's 22-game winning streak and setting up a meeting with No. 3 Connecticut in the NCAA tournament's round of 16.
Sean Tyson added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers, 26-8, who held a 55-36 rebounding advantage. They shot 64 percent in the second half, hitting 18 of 28, after shooting only 32 percent before halftime.
Clemson plays Thursday against the Huskies, the region's top-seeded team, at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.
La Salle, 30-2, held a 43-27 halftime lead but missed 27 of 41 second-half shots. Lionel Simmons scored 28 points to lead the Explorers, but was held scoreless during an 11:13 span of the decisive second half.
Simmons, a 6-foot-7 forward, finishes his career with 3,217 points, third-best in Division 1 history.
The Explorers twice held 19-point leads in the first half, the second time, 41-22, at 2:41.
The Tigers scored 9 of the first 11 points of the second half. La Salle held a 55-44 lead when Clemson took the lead with a 21-5 surge which included 6 points each by Tyson and the 6-foot-11 Davis. Four baskets during the surge came off offensive rebounds, including the final basket by Derrick Forrest, whose lay-in provided a 65-60 edge with 5:46 to play.
In the second half, the Tigers hit 15 of 26 free throws while La Salle was 0 for 1.
Clemson played sloppy basketball in the first half and turned the ball over 13 times, but regained its composure in the second half and committed just 6 turnovers.
For the Tigers, Marion Cash scored 14 points and Forrest contributed 12. La Salle's Randy Woods scored 18 points.