The Clemson Tigers played one of their best games of the year Monday night as they whipped Delaware State 76-41 at Littlejohn Coliseum.
“It was a really good win for our guys. I thought we played really efficient basketball. I talked to our team about playing with basketball
sureness tonight—making the extra pass, sharing the ball, being strong, meeting passes, and limiting turnovers. We were facing a team that plays a
bunch of different defenses and tries to make you get out of rhythm. They go trap at different times. I think our guys showed good poise,” said Brownell.
Jerai Grant led the Tigers in scoring with 15. Demontez Stitt and Milton Jennings added 11 points. Jennings just missed a double double with nine rebounds.
The Tigers shot 56 percent for the game including 37 percent from three. Clemson scored 28 points off turnovers.
Delaware State only hit 38 percent for the game. The 41 points was Delaware State’s lowest total on the season.
“It might have been one of our better defensive games when you look at stats like field goal percentage defense, defensive rebounding percentage,
and creating turnovers. We wanted to keep these guys under five 3’s, and we held them to three. We really felt like their three-point shooters,
(Desi) Washington and (Casey) Walker, were major keys. We wanted to make it difficult for those guys and we did a good job on that,” said Brownell.
The Tigers took comand early in the first half. With 16:30 to go in the first half the Tigers went up 9-5 on Demontez Stitt’s three pointer.
Clemson went on a 12-6 run to take a 21-11 lead with 9:00 to go in the half.
The Tigers built the lead to 23 with 3:40 to go in the half.
At the half Clemson led 40-19. Demontez Stitt hit three from behind the line in the first and led the Tigers with 11 at the break. Grant, Booker and Narcisse all had six at the half.
The Tigers shot well in the first half hitting 52 percent from the field and 45 percent from three. Clemson scored 13 points off turnovers in the first half while Delaware State scored zero.
With 15:28 to go the Tigers stretched the lead to 50-24 on a three point play by Tanner Smith. Tanner Smith dunked on a fast break to make it 54-26 Tigers.
Clemson stretched the lead to 63-32 with 9:23 to go in the game. Grant scored three the old fashioned way to make it 68-34 with 8:15 to go.
The Tigers moved to 9-4 on the season. Clemson will return to action Wednesday night when they host East Carolina.