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Friday’s roundup: Clemson plays Ohio State in CFP playoff late into Friday night and basketball news for Charlotte and Gardner-Webb

By Richard Walker

Lannden Zanders

Clemson’s dream of a College Football Playoff championship died late Friday night in a 49-28 Sugar Bowl loss to Ohio State.
The Tigers, who finished the season with a 10-2 overall record and as ACC champions, has previously won CFP titles in 2017 and 2019.
Lannden Zanders, a 2019 Crest graduate, was one of Clemson’s leading tacklers in the loss with five solo stops and one assist.

College men’s basketball
Western Kentucky 67, Charlotte 63: Jahmir Young had a game-high 23 points and Brice Williams had a career-high 21 but it wasn’t enough for the 49ers as they dropped their Conference USA opener to Western Kentucky (8-2, 1-0).
Charlotte (4-4, 0-1) hosts the Hilltoppers again on Saturday at 4 p.m.
“WKU is really talented,” Charlotte 49ers coach Ron Sanchez said. “They were picked to be the best team in the league for a reason. I am pleased with the way that we played and that we did do a lot of things well. We also made a lot of mental mistakes. We gave up a back door cut at the wrong time. We gave up offensive rebounds at the wrong time. WKU is a good offensive rebounding team, I am really proud of the way that we did the job for the most part on the glass. We did do a lot of good things but the mental lapses are the things that hurt us.”

Gardner-Webb schedule altered: The Big South Conference announced Friday night changes to the league’s schedule, including a switch of opponent for the Runnin’ Bulldogs on Monday and Tuesday.
Gardner-Webb (2-5, 1-1) will now host Campbell on Monday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday at 4 p.m. as the Runnin’ Bulldogs schedule was adjusted due to a pause within the High Point program due to COVID-19 concerns.
Gardner-Webb’s previously scheduled Monday and Tuesday home games with Charleston Southern will be rescheduled for a later date.