Clemson used an 18-6 run to close out the first half, and then extended its lead to as many as 21 points in the second half in beating Davidson, 95-78, in the first round of the Tire Pros Invitational on Thursday morning.
The 95 points were the most by a Clemson team since 2009 win it scored 102 points against Winthrop. The Tigers outscored Davidson 21-4 in points off turnovers.
With the Tigers clinging to a 29-28 lead with 9:51 to go in the first half, they used defense and big baskets from Gabe DeVoe, Avry Holmes, Jaron Blossomgame and Marcquise Reed. Davidson went nine straight possessions at one point in the opening half without any points, six of those ended with a turnover.
The Wildcats (1-1) opened the game by making five of their first seven three-pointers, but after Clemson turned up the pressure on defense and forced 13 first-half turnovers, Davidson finished the last 9:51 with just 1 of 16 from behind the arc.
Davidson made just 11 of 40 three-pointers overall in the game. The Wildcats finished the game with 16 turnovers.
The Tigers (2-0) led by as many as 21 points in the second half, but Davidson rallied to cut the lead to 12 points, 71-59, with 8:48 to play. However, Blossomgame, Holmes and DeVoe extend the lead back to 20 to close out the victory.
Reed, who scored 19 points in his debut as a Tiger against Georgia last week, got things going for Clemson in the opening half with a three-pointer and then a dribble drive basket for straight points. Reed finished the game with nine points, including 5-of-5 free throw shooting.
Holmes led the Tigers with 22 points, three assists and six rebounds. Clemson shot 51.7 percent from the field, including 9-of-22 from three. Holmes was 4-for-7 from downtown.
Blossomgame scored 17 points and had six rebounds for the Tigers. DeVoe had 16 points, while Donte Grantham and Sidy Djitte each added 12 points in the victory. Grantham led the Tigers with eight rebounds.
The Tigers will play the winner of the Xavier-Missouri game on Friday.
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