Tigers turn back Robert Morris

Clemson wins its eighth game of the year Tuesday night, 64-57.

BOX SCORE: Clemson 64 Robert Morris 57

Clemson scored 20 unanswered points in the final minutes of the first half and opening of the second and held on for a 64-57 win over Robert Morris Tuesday night at Littlejohn Coliseum.

The Tigers (8-4) used the run to build an 18-point lead. The Colonials got as close as seven points in the final minutes, but were unable overcome Clemson's decisive run.

Jaron Blossomgame led three Tigers in double figures with 16 points and 12 rebounds as Clemson won for the fourth time in five outings.

Robert Morris (4-8) went cold from the field as Clemson pulled away in the second half. The Colonials connected on just 24 of 74 field-goal attempts (32 percent), including 6 of 23 3-point tries (26 percent).

Marcquise Reed led the Colonials with a game-high 21 points on 9 of 14 shooting.

After a dozen first-half lead changes, the Tigers managed a 30-26 lead at the break thanks to Jordan Roper's three-point play off an offensive rebound with 1:20 left in the half and Sidy Djitte's lay-in less than a minute before the break.

Robert Morris packed into its 2-3 zone from the outset, and the Tigers were ineffective from the perimeter, missing their first seven shots from 3-point range and connecting on 1 of 10 in the first half.

The Tigers bounced back in the second half, finding an offensive rhythm with Blossomgame and Donte Grantham, who added 13 points. Damarcus Harrison hit three 3s and scored 11 points.

TIP-INS
Clemson: Senior point guard Rod Hall eclipsed the 3,000-minutes played mark for his career late in the first half against Robert Morris. Hall became the 19th player in program history to reach the plateau.

Robert Morris: Senior forward Lucky Jones was back in the starting lineup against Clemson after scoring 15 off the bench in a win over Delaware. Jones is the Colonials' active leader in points (1,328) and rebounds (715). Jones scored 13 points and added a rebound against Clemson.

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Clemson hosts North Carolina Saturday.

Robert Morris hosts Mount St. Mary's Saturday.

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