Jerai Grant came off the bench to score 15 points as Clemson defeated Savannah State 61-40 on Friday night.
Clemson (6-4) held Savannah State to 11 field goals and 22.9 percent shooting from the field. Grant made 5 of 6 shots from close range.
Clemson’s man-to-man defense frustrated Savannah State, which fell behind 26-5 after nearly 15 minutes. Clemson also held Savannah State to five points in the first nine minutes of the second half. Clemson’s lead grew to 54-25 on Cory Stanton’s 3-point shot with 11:15 left.
Tanner Smith scored 11 points and Andre Young added 10 for Clemson. Led by Milton Jennings’ 10 rebounds, Clemson held a 44-32 edge on the boards.
Jovonni Shuler scored 23 points on 7-for-18 shooting for Savannah State (1-12).