Clemson opened up a big lead early and defeated Savannah State 61-40 Friday night at Littlejohn.
“Savannah State is a tough team; they hang with people for a long time. They are able to make runs to keep the game close which makes them a dangerous team,” said Brownell.
With Demontez Stitt sidelined with an injury Andre Young played 33 minutes and poored in ten points as he went 3-4 from three. Jerai Grant led the Tigers in scoring with 15 while Tanner Smith added 11.
The Tigers shot 50 percent from three on the night and 42 percent from the field. Clemson’s pressure defense held Savannah State to 23 percent shooting on the night.
“For the most part I feel we did a good job of getting the ball where we wanted to and finishing in the post,” said Brownell.
Clemson put this game away in the first half. Andre Young hit a three pointer with 10:11 to go in the first half to put the Tigers up 18-3. With 6:34 to go in the half Jerai Grant slammed the ball home to put the Tigers up 26-5. The Tigers led 37-20 at the half.
With 11:23 to go in the game Cory Stanton hit a three point jumper to give the Tigers their biggest lead of the night 54-25. Savannah State would never get closer than 21 the rest of the way.
Milton Jenning almost had a double double for the Tigers. Jennings finished the night with ten rebounds and eight points.
Xavier Anderson went 33 minutes for the Tigers as they played with only eight scholarship players. Anderson had six assists and six rebounds on the night.
“Zavier guards the ball well and shares the ball well. I knew there was going to be a time we would need him to play. This was very good for him; he can be a productive player for us,” said Brownell.
The Tigers ended a three game losing streak and moved to 6-4 on the season. Clemson returns to action Sunday afternoon when they host UNC Greensboro.