Clemson overcame a slow start in a rare weekday noon game to pull away from Morehead State 66-51, Monday. Clemson (6-1, 0-1) trailed by two before closing the half on a 19-3 run over the last 6:46 to take a 32-19 lead into the locker room.
Amir Simms recorded his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out. Simms was remarkably efficient, knocking down 4 of his 6 shots from the floor and all four of his foul shots. Half of Simms’ rebounds came on the offensive end. Nick Honor and Al-Amir Dawes combined to hit eight 3-pointers. Honor got especially hot, sinking four of five from behind the arc.
Simms wasn’t surprised to see Honor get in rhythm against, “We let their zone bother us a little bit at the beginning but then we got it going …. whenever Nick (Honor) shoots, we think he’s going to make it.”
Clemson hit lulls offensively throughout the game, but their 38% shooting was offset by ten 3-pointers and smothering defense.
The Tigers will take time off for Christmas before returning to ACC play against Florida State on Dec. 29th.