Jennings comes up big

CLEMSON - It wasn't always pretty, but at the end of the night, the scoreboard said it all: Clemson 59 Furman 49.

PLAYER OF THE GAME - Milton Jennings - Clemson

The junior from Summerville had a career-night. His 22 points and 14 rebounds were both career-bests.

Jennings hit 7 of 12 shots from the field and 8 of 11 from the free-throw line. He also recorded two steals and just one turnover.

"That's the biggest thing. The first game, I had five turnovers. I saw that and was like, no more of that for the rest of the season," Jennings said.

PLAYER OF THE GAME - Bryant Irwin - Furman

Irwin led Furman with in scoring [13] and rebounding [seven]. he shot 4 of 12 from the field and 2 of 6 from behind the 3-point line.


Clemson didn't lead at any point during the first half. The Tigers trailed for the first 19:22 until Jennings tied the game at 24 with a layup.

Jennings was assisted by T.J. Sapp, who drove to the lane, went up towards the basket before dishing off to Jennings around a pair of Furman defenders.


Clemson out-scored Furman in the paint, 26-10. A bulk of those 26 came from Jennings.

Furman forward Brandon Sebirumbi was limited to just 14 minutes because of foul trouble. He finished with three points.

"He's a good player. When he plays well, we're a different basketball team," Furman head coach Jeff Jackson said.


Clemson won't get a lot of style points for this one, but they needed a win on Friday night bad. Real bad.

Just like last season, Clemson's commitment on the defensive end is going to keep them in games -- it helped them grind out a win over a lesser opponent on Friday night.

After Furman shot 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from the 3-point line in the first half, the Paladins were held to 36 percent and 29 percent in the second frame.

Clemson also forced 15 turnovers.

"Our guys did a good job of just kind of hanging in there, plugging away and getting big stops when need to, a couple of big baskets," Brownell said.

For the second game in a row, freshman Rod Hall was in the starting lineup. We heard all preseason from Brownell that he was a hard-nosed defender. As he continues to get used to playing at this level, he's only going to get better as a defender.

"He's a tough kid," Brownell said. "He's guarded pretty well, all things considered. We grade pretty hard on that stuff. There's a lot of little things that we get upset about."

Up next is a three-game stretch against other high-major opponents -- Iowa, South Carolina and Arizona.

"Tonight is a big step in giving us a little bit of momentum, a little bit of confidence into those games," said Andre Young. "We're going to have to go into other places and really deal with their adversity. We're definitely going to find out where we are as a team." Top Stories