Clemson fell to Michigan in the ACC Big Ten Challenge 69-61 Tuesday night at Littlejohn. The Tigers got off to a slow start in the first half and couldn’t fight all the way back in the second.
“We lacked some spark and energy early in the game. Our defense didn’t have the kind of pressure that we have had earlier this season. The way Michigan runs their offense puts you on your heels, and I attribute that to our slow start. We didn’t make shots, but then we did make a few adjustments. We could never get that big shot to go,” said Brownell.
“We didn’t make shots. Some of that was Michigan’s defense. What was more troubling to me was our defense. We didn’t handle their offense well. They got very comfortable and made shots,” said Brownell.
Andre Young led the Tigers with 14 points, while Demontez Stitt added 11.
Clemson only shot 36 percent on the night from the field and only 61 percent from the free throw line.
The Tigers offense couldn’t get going in the first half. At the half the Tigers trailed 40-24.
Clemson shot only 27 percent from the field in the first half including 11 points from behind the line.
Michigan was hot in the first half shooting 60 percent from the field.
The Tigers went on a run to start the second half. Clemson cut the lead to 10 with 14 minutes to go. With 12:30 to go Devin Booker dunked to make the score 45-37.
Clemson went to a zone defense for a good portion of the second half and turned up the defensive intensity.
The Tigers couldn’t get any closer than eight. Michigan stretched the lead back to 51-39 with 7:43 to go. With 5:00 to go in the game Michigan went up 59-41.
Clemson would battle back and cut the lead to single digits in the final minutes but it was too little too late.
The Tigers fell to 5-2 on the season. Clemson will face South Carolina Sunday at 4 PM in Columbia.