Brad Brownell suffered his first loss as Clemson head coach as the Tigers fell to Old Dominion 61-60. Clemson rallied in the second but came up just short.
Demontez Stitt was the only Clemson player in double figures as scored a career high 24 points. Stitt was 9-13 from the field. Milton Jennings added 9 and Devin Booker 8 for the Tigers.
“Milt did some very good things and did some good things for us offensively. His confidence is soaring. I thought he played reasonably well for us,” said Brownell.
Noel Johnson was held to one point on the night and Tanner Smith scored only three coming on a late three-pointer.
Old Dominion won the battle of the boards 36-27. The Monarchs pulled down 15 offensive rebounds.
Clemson struggled from the floor only shooting 43 percent. They also struggled from the line shooting only 61 percent.
Coach Brownell was pleased with the effort of the Tigers who fought back after trailing by nine at the break.
“Our guys competed. I thought we made some good adjustments in the second half,” said coach Brownell.
With 14:06 remaining in the game Demontez Stitt cut the lead to two points with a three-pointer. A minute later the Tigers took their first lead of the second half on a Milton Jennings dunk.
Old Dominion quickly regained the lead and stretched it to as many as six until the final minutes. Clemson cut the lead to two in the final seconds. Andre Young’s long three-pointer as the clock ran out wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell one point short.
Clemson will play in the third place game Monday night.