By Ashley Denny.
CLEMSON, SC- Junior forward Devin Booker looks at the 65-61 loss that the Tigers’ suffered two weeks ago at Virginia as the one that got away, and now with the Cavaliers making the trip to Littlejohn Coliseum tomorrow evening, he hopes that home court advantage will be just that as the Tigers’ try to even the score.
With Virginia’s Mike Scott, their leading scorer who was 8-11 for 23 points the last time the two teams met, Booker knows that the Tigers’ will guard him the same way they did in the first meeting hoping that they can disrupt his lethal jump shot.
“We’re going to guard him the same way we did last time,” Booker said. “We need to try and keep him contained. Post traps around him on every catch and hope that it will work out tomorrow, it did last time on a couple of occasions so hopefully it will work out even more this game.”
What sticks out to Booker about the first meeting between the two teams?
“Our defense was just on point that game pretty much,” Booker said. “As long as we keep that up this game, it’s a home game so the crowd will get into it and get us going. We just need one thing to spark the whole team and get us going so that’s definitely an advantage so hopefully we can pull it off.”
The Tigers’ had the lead going into halftime in Charlottesville, 30-26 however had a few mental lapses on defense and allowed the surging Cavaliers to take the lead and the game at the end.
“Our defense was pretty much there the whole night when we played at Virginia,” Booker said. “We just have to put a complete game together; we didn’t when we were there so hopefully we can this time.”
The Tigers’ are coming off a 78-58 victory over Wake Forest, can the confidence they gained from that win carry over to Tuesday’s matchup?
“Definitely,” Booker said. “It was a big road game win, we needed that and hopefully our confidence will carry over to this next game.”