Tigers have no issues with NC A&T

Tigers have no issues with NC A&T

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Tigers have no issues with NC A&T

Clemson played host to North Carolina A&T, in Littlejohn Coliseum Sunday, defeating the Aggies 87-63.

The Tigers (2-0) controlled the game against their MEAC opponent from the opening tip, never once trailing in the contest.

Clemson had two players finish with double-doubles in Gabe DeVoe and Donte Grantham. All of its starters scored in double digits.

As they prepare for the Charleston Classic Friday, Clemson needed a strong performance coming off a short turnaround from the Western Carolina game.

Grantham led the Tigers in both scoring and rebounds with his double-double, finishing with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

DeVoe looked sharp as well as he totaled 13 points and had 10 boards.

Head coach Brad Brownell was proud of the way his team played offensively with little preparation and with the production he got from the upperclassmen.

“Offensively we had pretty good efficiency, we passed up good shots for great ones” he said.

“We are still jockeying with this group, all five of our starters can score and were in double figures. We need to not be so confident and aggressive that we rush a few shots.”

In the first half, the Clemson offense lacked rhythm offensively and struggled to make good passes. However, it played solid defense holding the Aggies to 29 points.

On defense the Tigers played clean as well only allowing two free throw attempts from the opposition in the first half with only five total fouls.

In the second half, the Clemson offense found its rhythm pulling away and outscoring North Carolina A&T, 46-34.

Clemson shot the ball well and was fairly efficient from the floor, finishing 55.9 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from three-point range.

Clemson finished strong taking advantage of a tiring Aggie team down the stretch to seal its second victory of the 2017-’18 campaign.

With the Charleston Classic coming up where the Tigers could potentially play three games in four days, it is important to see a team come back after a short rest and control a game. Grantham was glad to see his team play well after the short break.

“We need these games because we have a tournament coming up and have a lot of young guys that need that experience” he said.

DeVoe said the goal for the weekend is simple, “I want to go down there and win it. Tournaments give you an extra level of juice and we’re excited to go down there.”

Clemson has a few days to recuperate and travel before they tip off on Friday against the University of Ohio in Charleston, S.C.

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