Demontez Stitt lead four Clemson players in double figures as Clemson (11-4) defeated The Citadel (5-9) 69-54 in front of 7,613 fans Sunday afternoon in Littlejohn Coliseum.
“I was pleased with our first half. We controlled the tempo and played fast. The second half we did not play quite as well, we had a few slip ups, but to the credit of The Citadel they played very well. It was a reasonably solid performance; we did what we needed to early in the game. We didn’t do as well in the second half, but it was a good win and now it’s time to move on.”
Stitt scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half for the Tigers. Jerai Grant and Devin Booker each had 13 points, and Milton Jennings scored 10 while also grabbing 10 boards. The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Zach Urbanus with 17 points, while Mike Groselle (14) and Cameron Wells (12) were also in double-figures.
For the game, the Tigers shot 46.3% from the field while holding the Bulldogs to only 33.3%. However, The Citadel out-rebounded the Tigers 47-32, including grabbing 20 boards on the offensive end.
The Tigers won the opening tip, Booker hit the first of his three first-half three-point baskets, and Clemson never really looked back. The Citadel hit a bucket to cut the lead to 3-2 but that is as close as they would get for the entire game as Clemson built its lead up to as high as 17 points in the first half en route to a 15-point halftime lead. For the half, the Tiger defense played great as they limited the Bulldogs 26.9% shooting on only seven made baskets.
The Tigers kept their lead in double-digits the entire second half, although the Bulldogs never gave up and kept battling the entire time. For the game, the Tigers forced 18 turnovers while only committing seven and had 15 assists.
“Our guys are sharing the ball and committing fewer turnovers. On defense we are making it difficult for the other team. We have held five of our last six opponents under 60 points. It was good for us to have a competitive game. To be able to play a guard like Cameron Wells and a team who plays physical and beats you around was good for our guys.”
After three games in six days, the Tigers will have the week off before hosting their first ACC contest of the year next Saturday at 4PM against Miami (FL).