Clemson pulled away from Furman in the second half on their way to a 59-49 victory.
“We’re happy to get a win, especially when you spot them nine. I thought our guys rallied back defensively. We got back to what we needed to do. It was really just a hard-fought game. We missed a lot of shots under the basket that we need to make. To Furman’s credit, those guys made some tough shots to stay in the game. Our guys did a good job of just hanging
in there and plugging away and getting big stops when we needed to, and a couple of big baskets. I thought Milt (Jennings) was obviously terrific tonight. He was really focused. Andre (Young) and Tanner (Smith) were really solid. They played well, especially with the amount of minutes they had to play,” said Brownell.
Milton Jennings had one of his best games as a Tiger scoring 22 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Andre Young added 15 for the Tigers.
The Tigers struggled from the field shooting 40 percent for the night including 30 percent from three.
Furman jumped out to an early lead going on a 9-0 run to open the game. Milton Jennings put the Tigers on the board for the first time hitting two free throws with 15:55 to go in the half. Andre Young hit a jumper to cut the Furman lead to 9-4.
With 10:08 to go in the half Milton Jennings dunked to cut the lead to 14-12. Furman responded with and 8-2 run to stretch the lead to eight with 6:50 to go in the half.
Clemson finished the half with a 10-2 run to tie the game at 24.
Jennings led the Tigers with 12 points and six rebounds in the first half on 4-6 shooting. Andre Young added five first half points.
The Tigers struggled from the field in the half only hitting 37 percent from the field, including 17 percent from three.
Milton Jennings scored inside as the second half started to put the Tigers up for the first time 26-24. Clemson took control in the second half as they found some offense turned up the defense.
The veterans stepped up Friday night to make sure the Tigers didn’t suffer their third loss in a row.
“I hope so. It’s going to be a process still. It’s a big adjustment for these guys in terms of the confidence of everybody looking at you to make a big shot. Whether it’s Tanner or Andre or Devin (Booker) or Milt, those four guys need to be the guys to make the big shots and make the big shots and grab ahold of opportunities. Andre did some of it last year, but really it was Demontez (Stitt) and Jerai (Grant),” said Brownell.
With the win Clemson moved to 3-2 on the season. The Tigers travel to Iowa for a 9:15 tip on Tuesday night.