Clemson played its final game of 2012 Sunday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum and the Tigers will go off into the holiday on a winning note after dispatching South Carolina State 77-41. The Tigers improve to 7-4 while the Bulldogs drop to 4-9. Clemson’s next game will be at home January 1st against The Citadel.
Clemson led by just two before ripping off 17 unanswered points, part of a 21-2 run to end the first half. The Tigers led 36-18 at the break and poured it on the second half outscoring the Bulldogs 41-23.
“Good bounce back game for our guys,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. “Certainly we had more talent than South Carolina State and they’ve been traveling, so we caught them at a good time. But I thought our guys approached the game the right way. We’ve had some good practices and some demanding practices the last couple of days. Some of the things we were trying to work on, we did a good job with today. I was really glad to see Damarcus (Harrison) shoot the ball better. He and I have been working on his shot the last couple of weeks. It was just good to see him play well and play with confidence. Even though we got behind, I thought our defense was good; they just made a couple of guarded shots. We kept pushing tempo a little bit and play faster. It was good to see us play a clean game because a game like that can get loose because there can be bad turnovers, things like that. We did a great job with having a business-like approach.”
Harrison scored a career high 15 points so share high scoring honors with Milton Jennings. The Tigers had 22 assists on their 30 baskets, their highest number of assists under Brownell.
The Tigers shot 49% to State’s 31% and they forced 18 turnovers which the Tigers converted into 24 points.