By Hale McGranahan.
Clemson snapped its two-game losing streak to teams from the Big South with Friday night’s 62-59 win over High Point at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Jaron Blossomgame and Landry Nnoko each had a double-double as the Tigers improved to 4-2 on the season.
“Proud of our guys for finding a way to win,” Brad Brownell said. “It was ugly at times.”
The Tigers shot 35.6 percent from the field and went 6-for-23 from behind the 3-point line (27.3 percent). They also committed 14 turnovers.
“Certainly, when you don’t shoot the ball very well, it’s hard, it’s hard to get away from good teams,” Brownell said. “High Point is a talented team. John Brown’s motor is as good as almost anybody we’ll see this year. He’s an outstanding player.”
Brown led all scorers with 26 points.
For Clemson, Blossomgame had 14 points and 13 rebounds while Nnoko had 10 and 13.
“It was a good win…that was a good team,” Brownell said. “For your starting point guard to get knocked out of the game in the first minute — (Rod Hall) basically plays 35 minutes a game — for us to play without him, that was a big deal and our guys kind of had to adjust on the fly.”
Hall logged just one minute before going down with a turned ankle. In his place, Roper scored five points and hand out six assists.
“I just came and just tried to do my job, run the team,” Roper said. “Rod’s our leader, on and off the floor. He’s the captain, as we call him. I was just trying to fill in for him and do whatever I could to help us win.”
Brownell was pleased with Roper’s play off the bench.
“I thought he had a good floor game, didn’t shoot the ball as well, but I thought he played well in a lot of spurts and got us into our offense,” Brownell said.
Rooks, who made his first appearance since the season opener against Florida A&M, made a significant contribution on the offensive end with 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field.
“We thought today would be a game where we could find some guys that he could defend. He’s practiced better lately and just is in a better place,” Brownell said. “We thought we could sneak him in there and get some shots out of him today, and those were critical.”
Clemson returns to action on Monday night when Rutgers comes to town for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Tigers and Scarlet Knights tip at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. Hall’s status is unknown.