Clemson’s Marcquise Reed scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the second half and overtime, while Gabe DeVoe made two clutch three-pointers in the extra session, lifting the 25th-ranked Tigers to a 74-69 victory Saturday at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson.
The win marked the Tigers 10th straight, the most in the Brad Brownell era. The Tigers’ win also allows Clemson to start off the ACC season 3-0 for the first time since the 2006-’07 season.
The Tigers (14-1) scored 19 points in overtime.
Reed gave the Tigers a 57-55 lead with two free throws with 4:13 to play in overtime and then picked the pocket of Louisville guard Quentin Snider and raced to the other end for a layup and a 59-55 lead with 3:12 to play.
DeVoe then made back-to-back three-pointers from the right wing to extend Clemson’s lead to 65-57 with 1:51 to play in overtime.
Shelton Mitchell then made 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the win for the Tigers. Mitchell finished the game with 13 points and was 8-of-9 from the foul line.
Reed was 3-for-4 from downtown in the second half and had five steals. He was 8-for-17 from the field overall and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
DeVoe finished with 13 points and had five rebounds, while Elijah Thomas scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds for another double-double. Clemson finished the game 17-of-20 from the foul line.
Clemson had an opportunity to win the game when Thomas grabbed the ball following a DeVoe steal, but he panicked and threw the ball away, allowing the Cardinals to have the last shot. DeVoe again stood up defensively, forcing Snider to throw up a contested three-pointer just before time expired, which was off to the left, forcing overtime.
After a bad first half in which Clemson shot just 32.4 percent from the floor in the first half, the Tigers needed someone to step and start making shots.
Reed obliged. He drained a three-pointer coming off a screen at the top of the key to give the Tigers a 47-40 lead with 6:27 to play in the game.
After falling behind early in the second half, 30-25, Clemson went on a 12-2 run to grab the lead back. Reed hit two three-pointers during the run, while Donte Grantham threw down a dunk and got fouled to complete a three-point play.
Reed’s second three gave the Tigers a 35-32 lead with 12:35 to play then Mark Donnal made a layup with 11:17 to go to extent the lead to 37-32.
Mitchell extend Clemson’s lead to six points 40-34 by completing a three-point play of his own with 10:13 to play in the half.
Not much happened in the first half. The Tigers made just 32 percent of their shots and was 1-for-11 from behind the three-point line.
The Cardinals, who shot 41 percent from the floor in the first half, trailed 21-15 after a Mitchell three gave the Tigers a 21-15 lead with 4:48 to play in the opening half. But Louisville got a tipin by Spalding, a jumper by Adel and a Spalding turnaround to tie the game at 21-21 with 3:07 to play in the half.
Kind made a jumper with 2:01 to play for a 23-21 advantage before Aamir Simms tied it again with a layup with exactly one minute to play.
There were three lead changes and five ties in the first half.
Clemson plays at NC State Thursday at 9 p.m.