Welcome back to Littlejohn Coliseum.
After a year away from its own arena while Littlejohn was being renovated as part a $63.5 million project, Clemson welcomed the 9,000 fans back to the new facility with a 74-64 victory over Georgia on Friday night.
Led by transfer Marcquise Reed, Gabe DeVoe and Jaron Blossomgame the Tigers had control of the game from start to finish. They led by as many as 14 points in the first half and despite a couple of Bulldog rallies, led by J.J. Frazier, Clemson was able to keep its double-digit lead for much of the night.
Reed, who led the Tigers with 19 points, scored seven straight points after Frazier and the Bulldogs cut what was a 13-point lead to three points at 51-48 midway through the second half.
But Reed made a floater in the lane. Then he hit a jumper on the right wing, before draining a three-pointer at the 9:10 mark to up the lead to 10 points, 58-48.
Later Donte Grantham hit a runner while being fouled for an old-style three-pointer with 7:38 to play, giving the Tigers a 13-point lead at 63-50.
Reed then hit a jumper that all but put the game away with 1:56 to play to give Clemson a 72-59 lead.
DeVoe scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half as Clemson led 40-30 at the break. The Tigers led by as many as 14 points in the first 20 minutes.
Blossomgame scored 13 points, had six rebounds and three assists for the Tigers. Yante Maten led Georgia with 19 points, while Frazier finished with 11 points and five assists.
Clemson will play Davidson at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Tire Pros Invitational in Orlando, Florida.