Notebook: Louisville Likely Next for Tigers

FINAL SCORE: Clemson 69, Louisiana Tech 53.

STAT OF THE GAME: At the half, La. Tech had 15 turnovers and 16 points. Clemson point guard Vernon Hamilton came real close to picking up a steal in the final minute, which would give the Bulldogs the same amount of points and turnovers. However, they improved in the second half, committing only four.

TURNING POINT: Over the final 4:39, the Tigers hit 15 straight free throws to ice the game and give them their first tournament win since 1999. On the night, Clemson made 20-of-25 from the line.

CLUTCH PLAY: Going up against a player with gaudy numbers, Clemson center Akin Akingbala outplayed his counterpart in Paul Millsap, who leads the nation in rebounding and averages more than 19 points per game. Millsap finished with 19 points, but they were a quiet 19 points, and nine rebounds. Akingbala had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

BONEHEAD PLAY: Clemson forward Sam Perry had an open lane to the hoop and went up to give it one of his famous slam dunks. However, he left the ground too early and when he went to throw it down, the ball hit the front of the rim and bounced high into the air and out of bounds.

HOLY COW: Clemson guard Shawan Robinson is 4-for-21 in his last two games. Any performance close to that and the Tigers will have major issues at Louisville Monday night.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: In a blowout, it's Akingbala. The numbers speak for themselves. Without him, this might have been another Elon.


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