Clyde Trapp led Clemson with nine rebounds and was one of four Tigers in double figures, Saturday (Bart Boatwright SIDELINE CAROLINA)

Story by Justin Mathis

Three weeks ago, the Clemson Tigers struggled in a road loss at Louisville.  On Saturday, it was quite a different story in front of a sellout crowd in Littlejohn Coliseum.

A 12-5 run out of the gate for Clemson really set the tone for the Tigers en route to a 77-62 victory.  For Clemson, this gives them at least two wins over teams ranked in the top five since the 1979-80 season, when the Tigers defeated fourth-ranked UNC, number one Duke, and fifth-ranked Maryland.

Clemson led 31-14 at halftime, but Louisville fought back somewhat in the second half, going on a 13-2 run, which made it a 44-34 contest with 9:48 remaining.  The Tigers answered with an 11-2 run of their own, which included a trio of three pointers, one apiece by Aamir Sims, John Newman, and Alex Hemenway.

Clemson guard John Newman III paced all scorers on the day with a career-high 23 points.  Tevin Mack, a Dreher High product, crossed the 1,000 point mark for his career and set a career-high for points scored in a single season.  Mack finished the game with 14 points for the Tigers, followed by Aamir Simms with 13 and Clyde Trapp with 12.

Clemson improves to 13-12 overall and 7-8 in ACC play. 

Final Box Score

Clemson guard John Newman III (15) drives to the basket to dunk against Louisville (Bart Boatwright Sideline CAROLINA)

Brad Brownell postgame

Amir Simms, John Newman III and Clyde Trapp postgame