Clemson opened the second half with a 16-2 run and went on to an 80-57 win over Florida A&M Saturday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson led 41-31 at the half but came out smoking in the second half hitting their first six shots to expand the lead to 57-33.
The Tigers shot 52.6% from the floor and scored a season high 80 points. Leading the way was freshman guard Jordan Roper. Making his first career start, the former Irmo star scored a career high 16 points and hit four of five three pointers.
Also scoring on double figures for Clemson were Adonis Filer with 14 points, Devin Booker with 12 and KJ McDaniels with 11. McDaniels had a pair of highlight reel dunks as part of his night.
“All in all, this was a good win for our guys, coming out of finals with a busy week,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. “I thought we played pretty focused. It’s one of those games where you can lose your discipline a little bit and have some bad habits at times because the game feels soft. We came out in the second half with a better start and did a really good job establishing a tone. We were able to pull away and enjoy these last ten minutes.”
AUDIO: Brad Brownell discusses win over FAMU [8:00]
AUDIO: Jordan Roper talks about his first career start [2:50]
The Tigers are now 6-3 and will play Wednesday night at Coastal Carolina.