The Clemson Tigers moved to 3-0 on the season as they defeated Long Beach State 69-55 in the first round of the Paradise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands.
Tanner Smith led the Tigers with 17 points on 4-7 shooting including 2-3 from three. Andre Young added 12 while Demontez Stitt added 10. Young was 4-7 from three point range.
Coach Brownell was pleased with the Tigers shot selection as they shot 50 percent from the floor, but 58 percent from three.
“The shots we took were good shots,” said Brownell.
Andre Young hit a long three-pointer to end the first half to put the Tigers up 37-24. In the first five minutes of the second half the Tigers stretched the lead to 17 points. Clemson held a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
Clemson finished the game hitting 68.8 percent from the free throw line.
The Tigers will face Old Dominion on Sunday in the semi-finals of the Paradise Jam tournament.
“They are big. They are mid major in name only. They are not mid major in game or size,” said Brownell.