Clemson defeated Wake Forest 71-60 Saturday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum. Defense kept the Tigers in the game early and once the offense picked up Clemson was too much for the Deacs.
Andre Young led the Tigers with 19 points. Devin Booker added 16 and Tanner Smith 13.
Clemson finished the game shooting 41 percent from the field and 40 percent from three. The Tigers only had eight turnovers for the game and only two in the first half.
“I thought we started the game a little rusty, maybe a little nervous. we certainly did some things well, but we just didn’t make shots. We only had two turnovers in the first half, so I thought our ball movement was good and our concentration was good. But we’ve had some problems, at times scoring, and we didn’t make any shots. I thought Wake came out and did some good things initially and caught us on our heels just a touch. But our guys rallied back and, for the last thirty minutes, I thought we played pretty well,” said Brownell.
Wake Forest jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Bryan Narcisse got the tigers on the board with a jumper with 17:05 to go in the half. Narcisse followed with two free throws on the next possession. The Deacs went on a 6-0 run to stretch the lead to eight.
With 9:24 to go in the half Bryan Narcisse hit two free throws to cut the Deac’s lead to three at 14-11. Devin Booker dunked with 6:18 in the half to give the Tigers their first lead at 20-19. Tanner Smith hit a three as the clock ran out to put the Tigers up 36-29 at the half.
Andre Young and Tanner Smith both scored ten in the first half. Clemson shot 40 percent in the first half including 4-8 from three.
Wake Forest shot 46 percent and only 20 percent from three in the half. The Deacs outscored Clemson 20-12 in the paint in the first.
Wake Forest started the second half on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to three. Andre Young hit a jumper to end a 10-0 run and put Clemson up 48-35.
With 5:31 left Tanner Smith hit a layup to put the Tigers up 59-46. Bryan Narcisse hit a three with 3:22 remaining to make it 63-48 and put the game away.
Byran Narcisse played one of his best games of the year.
“He’s a high energy kid. When he’s active like that, it really helps take some pressure off of other guys. He has had maybe a little bit of an up-and-down season. But he hit a big three for us late. He defensed well against McKie for the most part when he was on him,” said Brownell.
Clemson moved to 11-9 overall and 3-3 in the ACC with the victory. The Tigers return to action Tuesday night at Virginia.