First year Clemson head coach Brad Brownell earned his first victory Friday night in Littlejohn as the Tigers defeated Western Carolina 87-64.
Jerai Grant, Devin Booker, Tanner Smith, Andre Young and Demontez Stitt got the start for the Tigers.
Devin Booker led the Tigers in scoring with 16. Milton Jennings came on strong in the second half with 14 points. Tanner Smith had 12 while Andre Young poored in 10.
The Tigers shot 59 percent from the field and 35 percent from three on the night.
In the first five minutes the Tigers ran out to a 11-5 lead thanks to five points from Devin Booker and several offensive rebounds from Jerai Grant.
With 12:10 to go in the first half Andre Young hit a three to put the Tigers up 20-8.
The Tigers put on a run in the final minutes of the first half to stretch the lead. With 1:25 to go Western Carolina called a timeout after the Tigers built the lead to 43-24. Clemson took the 19 point lead to the half.
Clemson shot 57 percent in the first half from the field, including 40 percent from three. Tanner Smith and Andre Young led the Tigers in scoring at the half with ten points each. Devin Booker was just behind with nine. Demontez Stitt only played six minutes in the first half because he picked up two early fouls, scoring two off free throws.
The Tigers put the game away early in the second half and cruised to an easy victory. With 7:10 to go in the second half the Tigers led 76-47.
The Tigers cleared the bench in the second half. With 5:40 to go all of the Tigers had played.
The Tigers move to 1-0 on the season and return to the court Monday night to play Wofford in Littlejohn.