The #16 Clemson Tigers used a second-half scoring spurt to run away and hide from the Pittsburgh Panthers, clinching their 20th win, 72-48, Thursday night.
Reigning ACC Player of the Week Gabe DeVoe shrugged off a sluggish first half to score 11 of his career-high-tying 25 points to start a second-half where the Tigers outscored Pittsburgh 24-6 to start.
Shelton Mitchell added 12 and Elijah Thomas scored 10 to pick up the slack for usual volume-scorer Marcquise Reed, who was limited to 23 minutes with flu-like symptoms.
DeVoe, who became just the second Clemson player with at least five three-pointers made in four straight games, made a career-best seven three-pointers on Thursday. He said after the game he fell into a rhythm despite pressing things early.
The Tigers (20-4, 9-3 ACC) clinched the third-fastest season to 20 wins in school history, short of the 1986-87 season (20 wins in 22 games and the 2008-09 season (20 wins in 23 games).
The 20-4 start is also the fastest start of any during Brad Brownell’s tenure at Clemson.
Brownell called the game a “disciplined win” for his team.
Clemson will take Saturday and Sunday off from practice due to their ACC “bye” weekend. The Tigers resume play on Wednesday at Florida State at 7 PM.