Even though it is an old cliché, what a difference a night makes.
One night after playing its worst game of the year, the Clemson basketball team rebounded with an absolute 83-57 thumping of Indiana State Wednesday in a consolation game of the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu.
The Tigers (8-2) had 11 players score at least two points and six players with at least nine points. Akin Akingbala led the way for the Tigers with 13 points, while teammate Vern Hamilton added 11 of his own.
Almost from the outset, the Sycamores (5-5) were in trouble. Indiana State took a quick 4-0 lead, but the Tigers went on a 12-0 run midway though the first half to secure the advantage and never looked back.
Clemson sailed to a 44-24 halftime lead as a result.
One reason for the dominance by the Tigers was due to the stellar play of their big men.
Besides Akingbala's fine performance, Clemson forwards Sharrod Ford and James Mays each scored nine points. Forward Sam Perry added nine points as well just for good measure.
"It was important that we went inside and stayed there," Tigers coach Oliver Purnell said. "That worked out well."
Another bright spot offensively for the Tigers was the shooting of guard Shawan Robinson, who had struggled mightily coming into the game. He finished the night with nine points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, including 1-of-3 from 3-point range, after having made just 1-of-13 shots against Alabama-Birmingham.
"Playing three straight nights, we felt we needed to go deep in our bench," Purnell said. "Shawan was struggling a little bit and Cheyenne (Moore) was struggling."
Also, Clemson committed just 14 turnovers after having turned it over for a season-high 26 times Tuesday night.
Defensively, the Tigers forced Indiana State into an 18-of-59 (30 percent) shooting performance from the field and 22 turnovers.
Mick Yelovich led the Sycamores with 15 points, while David Moss added 12.
Clemson faces Georgetown in the tournaments fifth-place game at 6:30 p.m., Thursday.
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