Clemson advances to Charleston Classic Championship Game with 78-59 win over Hofstra
The Clemson men’s basketball team won its fourth straight game to open the 2017-’18 season with a 78-59 win over Hofstra in the semifinal round of the Charleston Classic on Friday.
It marks Clemson’s first 4-0 start since the 2013-’14 season when those Tigers won 23 games and advanced to the Final Four of the NIT.
The Tigers were once again led by forward Donte Grantham, who continues his hot start to the new season. He tied his career high with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-5 from three-point range.
Friday marked the second straight night the senior scored 20 or more points in a game. That’s a first in his career.
Grantham was not the only Tiger playing well. Marcquise Reed added 16 points to go along with 11 rebounds and six assists. He had no turnovers.
Shelton Mitchell dropped in 13 points and four assists, while Gabe DeVoe added 12 points and three rebounds.
Clemson controlled the game from the opening tip. Hofstra led just once the entire night, and that came on an Eli Pemberton layup with 8:07 to play in the first half for a 20-19 lead. But the Tigers took the lead back on the next possession and then went on a 6-0 run to increase the lead to five points.
Clemson closed the first half with an 8-2 run for a 42-32 lead at the break thanks to back-to-back three-bombs from Reed and Grantham.
In the second half Pemberton got Hofstra (3-1) within six points, 48-42, with 15:30 to play, but once again the Tigers responded with another run, this time a 16-2 run to put the game on ice. Mitchell’s three from the left corner gave Clemson a 64-44 lead with 11:27 to play.
Overall, the Tigers shot 45 percent from the field, including 10-of-28 from behind the arch. Clemson was also 10-of-12 from the foul line and had a 36-26 advantage with points in the paint.
The Tigers also outscored Hofstra 20-5 in points off turnovers. They forced 13 turnovers overall.
Clemson will play Temple in the championship game of the Charleston Classic on Sunday, a repeat of the 2008 Championship Game, which was won by the Tigers.
The game will tip off at 9:30 p.m. and will be broadcasted on ESPN2.