Clemson (5-3) was unable to slow Minnesota’s attack as the Golden Gophers shot 54% on their way to a 78-60 victory over the Tigers as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, Monday night. Four Tigers scored in double figures, but none surpassed 12, and Clemson shot a dismal 18% from the 3-point line.
Forward Hunter Tyson led the Tigers in scoring with 12 points and was responsible for both of Clemson’s made 3-pointers. Tyson was 2 of 5 from behind the arc and the rest of the team shot a combined 0 of 6 from long distance. Center Aamir Simms joined Tyson in double figures with 11 points and tied for the team lead with six rebounds. Forward Khavon Moore and guard Curran Scott chipped in with 10 points, apiece.
The Tigers kept pace with Minnesota in most statistical categories but couldn’t match the Gophers 3-point shooting. Minnesota knocked down 8 of 22 from behind the arc and led from start to finish. Clemson did get good production from its reserves as the Tigers bench outscored their counterparts 28-9. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome Minnesota’s advantage in fast break points (17-10) and assists (17-8).
While Minnesota’s backcourt thrived behind Marcus Carr’s game-high 24 points and nine assists, Clemson’s Al-Amir Dawes and Tevin Mack struggled. The Tigers starting guards combined to shoot 2 of 9 from the field with just one assist between them.
Clemson returns to conference play Sunday, at Florida State. The Tigers and the Seminoles will tip at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network.