Stitt, Grant call it a career

TAMPA - CUTigers takes a look at the players and the plays that made the difference in Thursday's NCAA Tournament second round game.

PLAYER OF THE GAME – ClemsonAndre Young

The sharp-shooting Young played a big role in Clemson's early first half lead. Before sitting down with two fouls in the first half, he had 10 points.

Young finished with 22 on 4-of-8 shooting from behind the 3-point line.

"We came out and were playing well at the beginning," he said. "We hit them in the mouth and they came at us at the end of the first half."

PLAYER OF THE GAME – West VirginiaKevin Jones

Jones scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. He shot 6-of-11 from the field and hit 3-of-4 attempts from behind the 3-point line.

His buzzer beating 3-pointer at the end of the first half tied the halftime score at 40.

"They were making shots and we messed up a bit on mental focus and scouting that [the coaches] told us about," said Bryan Narcisse. "Like Jones being a shooter. We let him get hot at the end of the first half and that came back to bite us."


Devin Booker was whistled for a foul six seconds later, though it appeared that Joe Mazzulla was trapped at half-court.

"The call went the other way and I had a bad turnover. It was not like the call cost us the game," Smith said. "We had plenty of opportunities after that."

Narcisse said, "I mean, if the refs called it a foul, then it was a foul. I really can't say much else about it. You don't do anything about the call now."

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell said he thought there wasn't much contact on the play.

"We have momentum and now he makes two free-throws and now it's back to five and they can go back and play zone and everything changes," he said.


West Virginia outscored Clemson on second chance points. The Mountaineers also won that, 20-9.


First things first, bravo to Brownell for the job he did this year.

We can beat the dead horse one last time.

No more Trevor Booker. Now coach. New system. Two scholarship players leave after school starts. Still, Clemson managed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. And they even won a game in the tournament.

Departures from this year's team are tougher than the departure of Big Book.

No longer will Demontez Stitt be around to takeover in the second half down the stretch of ACC play. Jerai Grant won't be in the lane waiting to send a shot into the second row.

"Our challenge will be next year," Brownell said. "We lose some good players, and we'll be very young. We'll have great turnover. We'll have five freshmen, at least, next year."

Next year, Young, Narcisse and Tanner Smith will be around to provide the veteran leadership.

Right now, the Tigers have a four-man class ready to go for 2011.

Four-star power forward Bernard Sullivan headlines the group. ranks him as the No. 19 power forward in the country. He's already signed, as is three-star point guard Daniel Sapp.

Three-star small forward Kevin McDaniels and two-star shooting guard Devin Coleman are committed to sign in April.

Clemson is also in the mix for the Chris Colvin, a former four-star point guard from Chicago, who played one season at Iowa State before transferring to a junior college in Florida.

"But next year will be a very difficult transition year for us, from the standpoint of we're not starting over," Brownell said. "We've got to take a step back losing the two guys that we lost." Top Stories