Dawes’ hot hand helps #Clemson overcome slow start in 64-53 win over PC (AUDIO)

Al-Amir Dawes scored 16 of his game-high 21 points in the second half (Clemson University Athletic Communications)

Story by Justin Mathis

Clemson opened its season with a 64-53 win over Presbyterian College at Littlejohn Coliseum, Tuesday. The Tigers trailed by as many as 11 points before a 20-4 run helped Clemson pull away in the second half.

With 8:38 left in the opening frame, a Brandon Younger 3-pointer put the Blue hose ahead 14-11. PC pushed their lead out to eight points, 21-13, at the 5:52 mark and took a 32-24 lead into the locker room. But Clemson would find its groove after intermission.  An old fashioned 3-point play from Hunter Tyson keyed an 8-0 run that put the Tigers in front by two, 41-39, with 14:46 left. An Al-Amir Dawes 3-pointer with 11:35 on the clock put Clemson ahead for good.

Dawes paced Clemson with a game-high 21 points, followed by Tyson and David Collins with 14 points, apiece. Presbyterian was led by Rayshon Harrison and Brandon Younger with 12 points each.

Next up for the Tigers (1-0) is a home game against the Wofford Terriers at 7 p.m., Friday. 

Final Stats

Brad Brownell postgame comments

Naz Bohannon was part of a defensive effort that limited PC to 21 second-half points (Clemson University Athletic Communications)

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