Clemson, Newman surprise No. 5 Louisville with 77-62 win

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Louisville head coach Chris Mack, left, speaks with an official during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Clemson, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson's John Newman III had one goal against No. 5 Louisville — stay aggressive.

That resolve brought the Tigers a stunning 77-62 upset win over the Cardinals — and another major moment in what's been an up-and-down season.

Newman had a career-high 23 points as Clemson beat its second AP top-five opponent this year — something it hadn't done since the 1975-76 season.

“It's just crazy for real," Newman said.

“People that know me just tell me to stay aggressive because sometimes I'm passive," he continued. “My coaches, my teammates they believe in me."

Newman made seven of nine shots and went 7 of 7 from the foul line as Louisville (21-5, 12-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) desperately tried to come back by sending the Tigers to the foul line down the stretch.

Newman hadn't cracked double-figure points in more than a month, his last time coming when he scored 14 in the 79-72 upset over then-third-ranked Duke.

It's no coincidence that when Newman is active and engaged, the Tigers (13-12, 7-8) are a more dangerous team, Clemson coach Brad Brownell said.