The Clemson Tigers had seemingly lost their shooting touch, scoring just 44, 44 and 57 points in their last three conference games. All of that changed for the Tigers at Pittsburgh, Wednesday, in a 72-52 rout of the Panthers. Clemson shot 59% from the 3-point line, 50% from the field and 75% on free throws.
Guards Tevin Mack and Al-Amir Dawes led the assault. Mack snagged a game-high nine rebounds to go with his 16 points. Mack was remarkably efficient, going 3 for 3 from behind the arc and 5 of 8 overall. Dawes did much of his damage in the second half, scoring 17 of his game-high 18 points after intermission.
Clemson’s defense was also on full display, limiting the Panthers to 29% from behind the arc and 31% shooting overall. Pitt was unable to crack 30 points in either half and no Panthers player exceeded 11 points. The Tigers have now beaten Pitt in seven straight, dating back to the 2014-15 season.
Amir Simms scored a dozen and dished out five assists in his return to the lineup after missing the last game with the flu. The win snapped a three-game losing skid and evened Clemson’s mark at 12-12 (6-8 ACC).
The Tigers will return home to host fifth-ranked Louisville, Saturday. The Cardinals won the last matchup 80-62 and limited Clemson to 34% from the floor back on Jan. 25th.