Clemson stomped on Lander in Thursday night’s exhibition game, 105-49. Littlejohn Coliseum was lit up and ready to go, outfitted with the largest curved screens in any college basketball venue in the country.
The Tigers set the tone of the game, jumping ahead quickly with a 30-9 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Transfers Shelton Mitchell and Marcquise Reed are two new threats that give this Clemson team a new dynamic on offense this year. They both spent quality time together last year, while sitting out their required time for transfer players.
“Last year, me and Marcquise spent a lot of time together” said Mitchell. “I’ve known Gabe (DeVoe) forever and we know what each other likes to do.”
Mitchell transferred from Vanderbilt last year and put up 15 points to go along with five assists and a steal in 24 minutes. Shelton looks to be the starter at point guard this year, allowing Avry Holmes to move into more of a shooting role at guard.
“I think one of the best parts of his game is transition, just pushing the ball and finding guys in the open court,” DeVoe said of Mitchell.
Reed, a transfer from Robert Morris, racked up 11 points and four assists, shooting 2-of-3 from behind the arc against Lander. He also had four rebounds in 18 minutes.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard adds to the Tigers’ depth at the position and should get valuable playing time behind Holmes and Donte Grantham.
Clemson head coach Brad Brownell is not surprised the two players made a big splash on Thursday.
“Both guys have been with us for a year so that helps,” he said. “It’s not a surprise to me they’re playing well and fitting in nicely.”
While Clemson will have a tough time replicating its 105-point performance one thing is for sure; the Tigers like to move the ball and score on fast breaks, evidenced by their 34 points off of turnovers against Lander.
“We like to play fast,” said Mitchell. “We’re a fast paced team.”
Regardless of the outcome, the team and the fans are excited to be back in Littlejohn Coliseum.
“It was very exciting. Being in the new facility and not being away from home in Greenville is exciting,” said Mitchell.