With Clemson’s 23 offensive rebounds, 17 assists, and only two turnovers, the Tigers defeated SC State 93-65 victory on Tuesday at Littlejohn Coliseum. The win marked Clemson’s fifth straight victory.
After the game, the media spoke with head coach Brad Brownell and forward Jaron Blossomgame. Here is what we heard:
Despite the slow start, Brownell was pleased with the overall performance of his offense.
“It was a really good offensive performance. Certainly the seventeen assists and only two turnovers were big stats as well as the twenty-three offensive rebounds. We knew that when they went small and played with five guys who were 6’4” and smaller, we could hurt them inside,” Brownell said.
Blossomgame led the Tigers with 29 points, four assists, nine rebounds, and no turnovers. He gave his teammates credit for putting the ball in his hands.
“I felt like my teammates got me the ball in spots where I could be really effective. Early on, I made shots in the paint, I made a three finally so I got going early,” Blossomgame said.
Entering his seventh season as Clemson basketball’s head coach, Brownell said this team is the best offensive team he has coached.
“We’re playing a little faster than most of the other teams could. Maybe my first year’s team could have played a little faster, but we didn’t have quite the depth,” he said.
Blossomgame agreed and said this team is the best offensive team he has been a part of at Clemson.
“Yeah, we have really talented players. Marquise Reed, Shelton Mitchell…Obviously the returning guys improved,” he said. “Donte Grantham and Gabe DeVoe obviously made steps in their game and so has Sidy Djitte. But for the most part it’s the most talented offensive team I’ve been on since I’ve been here.”
As the Tigers approach this season’s ACC play, Brownell said his team’s defense must improve if they want to succeed.
“I like our team. I like, for the most part, how we’re playing. I think Eli (forward Elijah Thomas) is going to be fine, and we’ll have him for Alabama. We need to start integrating another body, which we will desperately need, starting this week,” he said. “But we’re going to have to be better defensively than we were tonight to win the kind of games we’re going to start playing here come next week. I think our individual defense is good at times and at times needs a little work.
“Some of that, again, is mentality. I think we’ve done a little better job of defending the three. And the biggest thing is we have to continue to keep rebounding. Finishing possessions with rebounds.”