Clemson improved to 7-3 with a 69-41 victory over Presbyterian on Tuesday night at the Well in Greenville.
The Clemson Tigers (7-3) defeated the Presbyterian Blue Hose 69-41 at home on Tuesday. Clemson held Presbyterian to 27.1% shooting from the field 10.0% from three. The Tigers' scoring-defense was the best under head coach Brad Brownell (2010). The team also held their opponent to under 30% from the field for the third straight game.
“Good bounce back by our guys," coach Brad Brownell said. "I thought Jordan Roper and Landry (Nnoko) especially were guys that have logged a lot of minutes lately, and still had live legs. I think a couple other guys looked a little tired, JB (Jaron Blossomgame) and Avry (Holmes), but that is to be expected because they have played a lot."
Clemson was down 8-11 early in the 1st half, but closed out the Blue Hose 28-11 to end the half. Gabe DeVoe's four-point play sparked the run. It was the Tigers' first four-point play since the 2014 NIT Quarterfinals win vs. Belmont (Ibrahim Djambo).
Avry Holmes and Donte Grantham hit back-to-back threes in the 2nd half to spark another run that helped push Clemson's lead to 54-32.
Sidy Djitte posted 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Avry Holmes (12 points) and Gabe DeVoe (season-high 11 points) also scored in double-figures. Landry Nnoko posted 3 blocks.
For the second straight game, Sidy Djitte started over Landry Nnoko at center.
“It is just a little bit of a switch," Brownell said. "We are just trying to get Sidy going a little bit. Sometimes we want to be careful with Nnoko and his fouls, and for him to not get one right at the beginning of the first half and then take him out and worry about another quick one.”
Clemson shot 42.1% (24/57) from the field, 21.7% (5/23) from three and 76.2% (16/21) from the line.
Up Next: Clemson hosts No. 25 South Carolina (9-0) on Friday at 7:00 PM ET. The game is being streamed on ESPN3.
"South Carolina is certainly playing exceptionally well right now," Brownell said. "They are a big strong team and are always very physical. They always have big guards, so that is a problem for us at times. We will have to match that. The quick turnaround is challenging. We would like to have a little more time to get ready for them and rest up a little bit. You know, we just have to get ready to go back at it, we will be careful with our players tomorrow in what we do, probably have a good practice on Thursday, be physical with them and get ready to play.”
Clemson held Presbyterian to 41 points Tuesday, the third opponent with less than 50 this season. The Tigers are 34-2 all-time under head coach Brad Brownell when holding opponents to 50 or less.
Presbyterian shot just 27.6 percent, the lowest figure allowed by Clemson’s program in 173 games under Brownell.
Sidy Djitte posted his second double-figure scoring effort of the season with 12 points. The junior was 6-8 from the floor.
Djitte had his second career double-double Tuesday, contributing a career-best 13 rebounds against the Blue Hose.
Gabe DeVoe notched double figures for the third time, and first time since Nov. 23 against UMass. He finished with 11 points, all in the opening half of play.
Jaron Blossomgame had one blocked shot, pushing his season total to 17. He already has his single-season high in three years as a Tiger.
Landry Nnoko matched a season-high with nine rebounds.
Ty Hudson took a charge in his second straight game.