Tigers Hold Off Wofford

Tigers Hold Off Wofford

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Tigers Hold Off Wofford

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By Trey McCurry.

Five separate Tigers scored in double digits and Clemson moved to 2-0 on the season with a 78-70 win over the Wofford Terriers in front of 7,900 people Monday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. Jerai Grant led the Tigers with 13 points while Demontez Stitt added 12. Milton Jennings and Andre Young had 11 points each and Devin Booker finished with 10.
Clemson shot 52.0% from the field including 36.4% from three-point land. The Terriers shot 47.8% while going 6-14 (42.9%) from behind-the-arc. Both teams shot well from the free throw line. The Terriers were 20-26 (76.9%) and the Tigers finished 22-30 (73.3), with 26 of the free throws coming in the second half.
The Tigers jumped out to a quick 11-4 lead over the first four minutes of the game and never trailed in the contest. By the second media timeout, Clemson had stretched its lead to 22-8 and had absolute control of the game. Over the next few minutes, Wofford slowed the game to more of its speed and entered halftime down 40-30.
The second half was very evenly matched as Wofford battled and cut the Tiger lead under double digits multiple times. When the Terriers cut the lead to only 7 just under the two minute mark, the nice contingent from Spartanburg was on its feet and making some noise in Littlejohn. However, the Tigers hit their free throws down the stretch and pulled out the eight point victory from the defending Southern Conference champions.
The Terriers were led in scoring by All-SoCon selection Noah Dahlman who finished with 17 points. Brad Loesing chipped in 14 points, while Cameron Rundles added 10 for Wofford.
Clemson (2-0) will now head to St. Thomas to participate in the Paradise Jam Tournament. The Tigers open with the Long Beach State 49ers on Friday at 3:30PM. Other teams in the tournament include Alabama, Iowa, Old Dominion, St. Peter’s, Seton Hall, and Xavier.

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