PLAYER OF THE GAME: Andre Young. In 31 minutes on Friday, Young finished with 19 points, most of which came from 3-point shots. The sophomore point guard finished 5-of-8 from behind the arc, grabbed three rebounds and dished out a pair of assists.
With Stitt in foul trouble through most of the first half, Young was forced to run the point with Stitt on the bench.
"I knew I wanted to play them a bunch together because of the pressure and that kind of thing…Demontez, of course, got into foul trouble in the first half. Probably would have liked to have him a little more in the first half," said Clemson coach Oliver Purnell.
While Clemson's 20 turnovers proved to be critical in the Tigers' loss, Young committed just two of them.
GAME CHANGING MOMENT: Stitt's foul trouble. The junior guard was hit with his third foul with 4:59 left in the first half when Keith Ramsey tied the score at 31.
Stitt was then charged with his fourth personal foul with 12:08 left in the game. While on a 2-on-1 fast-break, he was whistled for the fourth on a charge.
In only 23 minutes on the court, Stitt scored a game-high 21 points and dished out two assists.
Purnell simply summed up Stitt's lack of aggressiveness after getting into foul trouble.
"He's over here with me. It has a tendency to take it out of you. Again, once we had that run and had that lead, you would like to have had him available and not in foul trouble more, obviously."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Yeah, he was. I mean, to be real, I think we were fouling him a lot. He wasn't getting a lot of calls but that's part of the game, so that made him real frustrated." - Missouri senior forward on frustrating Trevor Booker.
WVU RALLIES PAST MORGAN STATE:
In the opening game of Friday's session at HSBC Arena, No. 2 seed West Virginia withstood and early run by No. 15 seed Morgan State.
Sophomore forward Devin Ebanks thought back to last year's game against Dayton.
"Started off 10 points to our zero. Just trying to get it going with my teammates…we stepped it up and broke it out to a big lead," he said.
The Mountaineers missed their first 11 shots from the field before sophomore forward Kevin Jones scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the first half.
"I was just in one of those zones and I'm glad that it worked out for my team that—and it got us back into the game," he said.
West Virginia used a 21-4 run during a six-minute stretch in the opening period.
Ebanks scored 16 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, though senior guard Da'Sean Butler was limited to just nine.
NOTEBOOK: Tigers headed home
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