(Story by Nikki Hood)
The Clemson Tigers picked up a much-needed win Saturday in a 75-48 rout of Pitt at Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson improves to 11-8 overall and 3-5 in the ACC while Pitt falls to 7-12, 2-6.
Al-Amir Dawes and PJ Hall both had big nights shooting the ball as Dawes scored 19 points and Hall added 16 points. John Hugley led Pitt with 15 points. As a team, Clemson shot 48-percent (22-of-46) and 48-percent (12-of-25) from three, while Pitt was held to just 16-of-48 (33%) from the floor and 7-of-23 (30%) behind the arc.
Clemson went on a 7-0 run capped off by a Naz Bohannon layup to open up a 38-27 lead with 3:36 to play in the first half, which held until halftime as both teams were scoreless over the last two minutes of the stanza. PJ Hall had 10 points in the first half, including Clemson’s first seven points of the game.
After nearly eight minutes without a made field goal, Chase Hunter finally broke through with a three to extend Clemson’s lead to 56-38 with 8:08. During the drought, both teams combined to go 0-for-18. Dawes then went on a tear scoring 10 of Clemson’s 14 next points to extend Clemson’s lead to 72-43 with 2:44 to play.
The Tigers travel to Duke Tuesday night in a 7 p.m. tilt as they face the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor for the final time with Mike Krzyzewski at the helm.