While the rest of the Clemson team was a little sluggish in Friday afternoon’s tilt with Texas Southern at Littlejohn Coliseum, Gabe DeVoe and Eli Thomas came ready to play.
The senior scored a career-high 21 points in leading the Tigers to an 84-77 victory over Texas Southern. DeVoe shot 8-for-9 from the field, including 5-for-5 for behind the three-point line, both were career bests as well.
His five made three-pointers was also a career high. DeVoe ended the game making 5 of Clemson’s 7 three-pointers. The Tigers were 7-of-19 from three overall.
Thomas also had another solid outing for Clemson. The junior center tallied a career-high 26 points and had a career-high 16 rebounds. It was his second double-double of the season. He also had 17 points and 15 rebounds against Ohio last week.
After getting off to a slow start, Clemson finally got rolling in the second half as DeVoe kept it going on the outside, while Donte Grantham and Shelton Mitchell also got in the act. Mitchell finished the afternoon with 10 points and three assists.
Grantham also scored 10 points, had four rebounds and three assists in the win.
Clemson (5-1) struggled for much of the first half in large part due to eight turnovers. But it recovered enough to lead 40-36 at the break.
Clemson lead by as many 17 points in the second half. A 9-0 run midway through the second half allowed Clemson to extend what was a six-point lead, 53-47, to a comfortable 15-point advantage with 10:52 to play in the game.
Grantham made a three-point and then got alley-oop from Marcquise Reed during the run. Texas Southern (0-6) got no closer than five points after that run by the Tigers.
The Tigers will play at Ohio State next Wednesday night as part of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.