The Clemson Tigers men’s basketball team could not overcome the loss of starting guard Marcquise Reed, as they dropped an 82-71 decision to the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday at the Never Forget Tribute Classic in New Jersey.
The Tigers played without their leading scorer Reed, who sprained his MCL late in Clemson’s Tuesday-night victory over Saint Peter’s.
Aamir Simms tried to pick up the scoring load for the Tigers, who had their back court basically shut down by the Bulldogs’ suffocating defense. Simms led Clemson with a season-high 23 poInts, while fellow Tiger Shelton Mitchell was limited to 9 on 3-of-16 shooting.
Mississippi State made most of its damage from downtown, making 19 three-pointers, including eight from Lamar Peters, who led the Bulldogs with 28 points. The Bulldogs outshot the Tigers 54 percent to 44 percent overall from the field.
Clemson (6-3) returns to the floor next Saturday after a week off when the Tigers host Radford (6-3} at 3 PM at Littlejohn Coliseum. The pesky Highlanders out of the Big South already have two high-major road wins this season at Notre Dame and Texas.