CLEMSON, SC- Clemson’s Mens Basketball team squared off against the Duke Blue Devils Sunday at 6 PM and in front of a sold out crowd, it didn’t take much for the Tigers for the Tigers to feed off of the electric crowd noise and find their spark. Clemson got off to a 15-7 lead early only for the Blue Devils to come back and take the lead on a par of three pointers.
At the half, the big men were the leading scorers with both Jennings and Booker with 6 points apiece. Although the Tigers were losing by 4 at the half, it didn’t seem that way as the crowd continued to make everything difficult for the Blue Devils. The Tigers were 0-5 from beyond the arc in the first half.
After the half the Blue Devils continued to run away with the game however the Tigers continued to fight. They improved their shooting from the first half where they shot 36.4% to 42.4%.
In the end however, the Tigers lost at the free throw line. They made a great comeback from being 13 down early in the 2nd half to being only 4 down nearing the end of the game. However, the Tigers shot only 50% from the free throw line throughout the game, only making 10-20 where the Blue Devils shot 83.3% making 15-18.
Brad Brownelll, although the Tigers lost the game can take a lot of positives out of this meetings. For one, his Tigers put forth as much energy as they could have throughout the game against a very good Duke team. Even when they were down by 13 early on in the 2nd half they continued to play hard and forced Duke to turn the ball over 17 times.
The Tigers also out rebounded the Blue Devils, 40-39. Overall, this showed that foul shooting was the demise for the Tigers. If the Tigers could have made a few more of their attempted foul shots the game may have been a little bit closer. But instead the Tigers lost to a final score of 73-66.
Next the Tigers will travel to Miami to take on the Miami Hurricanes on January 18th as hope to improve to 2-2 in the ACC.