Clemson ran out to 21 point lead at the half and held on for a 71-61 victory over UNC Greensboro.
“It was a tale of two halves, we played well the first half. We were good about defending them and bothering them. We got out in transition and turned it over. I am not sure they were used to getting stops and playing in the open floor. If we did not turn it over we may have scored 50 in the first half. We either made shots or turned it over,” said Brownell.
Andre Young led the Tigers with 22 points. Jerai Grant had a double double for the Tigers with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
“Jerai Grant and Andre Young played very well tonight; they played at a high level. It was good to see Jerai hit the boards on both ends of the floor. Andre found a way to get more shots and shoot for a high percentage,” said Brownell.
The Tigers shot 55 percent from the floor and 43 percent from three. UNC Greensboro struggled from the field only hitting 37 percent.
UNC Greensboro got off to a quick start and led early. The Tigers didn’t take the lead until Jerai Grant hit a layup with 13:27 to go in the first half to put the Tigers up 10-9.
Clemson went on a 27-7 run to end the half and take a commanding lead.
“I complimented them at the half and obviously killing them with kindness did not work, they did not respond well,” said Brownell.
The Spartans went on a run to begin the second half and cut the lead to 40-27 with 16:24 to go in the game. Clemson stretched the lead back and led 49-31 with 12:00 to go after Jennings nailed a three pointer.
UNG Greensboro went on a 19-3 run over the next 5 minutes to cut the lead to two at 52-50 with 7:18 to go in the game. The Tigers responded with an 8-0 run to stretch the lead back to ten on an Andre Young three pointer with 5:30 to go. The Spartans would not threaten again.
The Tigers moved to 7-4 on the season while UNC Greensboro fell to 0-10. Clemson travels to Charleston to play the College of Charleston on Wednesday night.