Senior point guard Ed Scott was going to make sure the Tigers didn't make the same mistake twice.
Scott poured in 24 points, including 6-of-12 from the floor, and 4-of-6 from three point range to help lead the Tigers past the Winthrop Eagles Thursday night at the Civic Center in Anderson.
Clemson started their run midway through the first half when Chey Christie and Ed Scott began to catch fire from beyond the arc. The two would combine for 22 of the Tigers' 33 first half points to give Clemson an 8-point lead headed into the locker room.
Reserve guard Julian Betko provided a much-needed spark off the bench in the first half by nailing a three pointer and disrupting the Eagles' offense.
The second half featured more of the same for the Tigers as Scott continued his hot hand from 3-point range and Ray Henderson provided some much needed scoring from the paint.
"Our points were coming equally from the inside and the outside, but we were knocking down a lot of shots, especially from behind the arc," head coach Larry Shyatt said. "We also really had a good second half."
Scott would lead consecutive fast breaks ending in dunks by Sharrod Ford to put the game out of reach with about 5 minutes left to play.
Henderson, along with frontcourt teammate Sharrod Ford, finished the game with 9 points and 5 rebounds apiece. Sophomore shooting guard Chey Christie added 15 points and 8 assists.
Pierre Wooten led the Eagles with 14 points. Josh Grant had 12, and Sheldon Bailey added 10. Tyrone Walker, who helped lead the upset win last year with 25 points, finished with just 7 points on 3-of-10 from the floor.
The Tigers continued to struggle from the free throw line Thursday night, connecting on just 18-of-30 free throw attempts. Oddly enough, Clemson drilled 8-of-11 3-pointers and finished the game hitting 51% of their field goal attempts.
The Tigers' next home game will be against the Cincinnati Bearcats this Sunday evening at 5:30.
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total Winthrop University........... 25 36 - 61 Clemson Tigers................ 33 45 - 78