Junior leads Clemson with 24 points and five steals
Gabe DeVoe says Marcquise Reed is the same Marcquise Reed as last year. However, his head coach will disagree.
Brad Brownell says the junior guard is playing good basketball like he always has, but he is not just doing it on the offensive end of the floor this year.
Reed scored a game-high 24 points in Clemson’s 74-69 win over Louisville on Saturday, but it was his five steals that proved to be the difference in the Tigers’ 10th straight victory.
No better example of that than in overtime when he picked the pocket of Louisville guard Quentin Snider and raced down the court for a contested layup, extending what was a two-point lead to four, 59-55, with 3:12 to play.
“It does not surprise us,” Brownell said about Reed’s defensive skills. “He is a guy that can play both ends. He is a guy that we have worked hard with the last couple of years to improve.
“He did not come to us with that kind of mindset. He was a scorer and was a guy that played zone his first year at Robert Morris. He has really developed into a competitive guy and obviously you saw some of that on the defensive end today.”
Reed agreed that when he stole the ball from Snider and made the layup, he knew the Tigers were going to win the game.
“We just had to strap on defensively going down the stretch,” Reed said. “Coach got on to us during the media timeout and said we were going to have to tighten up our defense to win this game.”
But before Reed buckled down on defense, he got things going on offense. He scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half and overtime, making 3-of-4 three-pointers and 5-for-10 from the field.
“It is just more opportunity,” DeVoe said. “He is still Marcquise Reed. He has the same aggressiveness he has shown throughout the year. He has had just had more opportunity this year.”
Reed and the Tigers hope he gets more opportunities when Clemson plays at NC State on Thursday at 9 p.m.