BOX SCORE: Clemson 72 Temple 58
With the win, the Tigers
improved to 4-0 overall and the Owls fell to 1-3. Clemson will take on Davidson in
Friday's nightcap, a 9:30 p.m. start from TD Arena.
K.J. McDaniels and Landry Nnoko led the way for the Tigers on Thursday. McDaniels
posted 20 points for the third time in four games, while adding eight rebounds and
seven blocks. Nnoko had his first career double-double, going for 10 points and 15
rebounds in a career-high 34 minutes of action. Jordan Roper (14) and Rod Hall (13)
added double figures for Brad Brownell's team. Temple was led offensively by Will
Cummings (22) and Quenton DeCosey (15).
The Tigers shot 45 percent for the game, including a 52 percent mark in the second
half. Clemson turned the rebound margin on Temple as well. The Tigers were -4 at
halftime, but +13 in the second half on the boards. Clemson held Temple to 30
percent shooting Thursday.
Roper came in and provided a spark instantly for the Tigers. He made back-to-back
buckets, the last of which was a three to push Clemson's lead to 10-7. Moments
later, Roper collected a steal and threw a no-look pass ahead on a fast break to
Jaron Blossomgame for an easy dunk.
The teams exchanged the lead multiple times throughout most of the first half until
DeCosey buried a three in transition to put the Owls up 21-18 with 7:27 to play. His
shot was in the midst of a 17-4 run as Temple found itself with a double-digit lead
at 30-20 with five minutes to play in the half. DeCosey was the spark during the
stretch, scoring nine of the Owls' points.
Clemson scored the next six points to prompt a Fran Dunphy timeout with 1:40 to
play. McDaniels' third block that sent the ball into the stands sparked the run.
Hall ended the half by cutting the deficit to three at 34-31 when he weaved through
the lane off a missed free throw by Temple.
The Tigers wasted little time in taking the lead back in the second half, as
McDaniels drove baseline for an emphatic slam to make it 39-38 in favor of Clemson.
The lead grew to five, but Temple responded again and went back in front 44-43 on a
deep wing three by Will Cummings.
For the second straight game, Ibrahim Djambo buried a crucial three. The Mali native
took a pass from Hall in the corner with the shot clock expiring to put the Tigers
up 56-51 with under six to play. Hall followed at the 4:35 mark with a three-point
play and again 42 seconds later and suddenly Clemson had a 62-55 lead. Roper
provided the dagger on another Hall assist when late in the shot clock he nailed a
left wing trifecta to give the Tigers an 11-point cushion.
Friday's game will be televised by ESPNU.
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