The Tigers played 40 minutes of defense Saturday afternoon and whipped No. 22 Florida State 62-44 in Littlejohn.
“That was a terrific performance by our guys. I thought our energy level was as good as it’s been all year for forty minutes. We knew we were going to have to play outstanding defense because Florida State is very difficult to score against. It helped us that we got off to a good start. I think we showed maturity and growth as a team being able to weather a couple of offensive lulls of our own,” said Brownell.
Coach Brownell said it was the Tiger’s best defensive effort of the season.
“Yes because it was against a very good team. We have played good defense against some other teams, but not for the full 40 minutes,” said Brownell.
Jerai Grant once again led the Tigers in scoring with 14 points. Demontez Stitt added 12 chile Andre Young added 9.
Clemson shot 38 percent for the game including 38 percent from three. The Noles struggled from the field shooting 33 percent and 23 percent from three.
Clemson jumped out earlyon the Noles as the Tigers built a 17-4 lead. The Tigers didn’t score a basket for the final 12 minutes of the first half, but kept the pressure defense on the Noles and led 27-18 at the half.
The Tigers shot only 30 percent in the first half, but led by nine at the half, 27-18. Devin Booker led the Tigers with nine at the half, while Jerai Grant added seven.
Clemson’s offense heated up to start the second half. With 15:58 to go the Tigers led 32-18. Tanner Smith hit a three from the corner to put the Tigers up 35-18. Smith hit two free-throws with 13:20 to go to stretch the lead to 39-20. Demontez Stitt hit a three from the corner to put the Tigers up 42-20.
Clemson continued to dominate with pressure defense. With 7:58 to go the Tigers led 46-27. Two straight threes from the Tigers stretched the lead to 54-27. Florida State never threatened after that as the Tigers cruised to victory.
The Tigers moved to 15-6 on the season and 5-2 in the ACC.