LITTLEJOHN COLISEUM: Clemson is starting to make a habit of scorching the nets in front of the home crowd. After shooting 54% in the second half against Bellarmine, Friday, the Tigers burst out of the gates again, Monday, hitting 10 of their first 16 shots en route to a 72-41 victory over Loyola Maryland.
Clemson (4-1) has averaged more than 77 points in four games at Littlejohn Coliseum, winning each time. Whether or not the Tigers can continue this kind of offensive efficiency, it’s clear Chase Hunter, Hunter Tyson and Alex Hemenway are excelling in their roles as P.J. Hall rounds back into form following an offseason knee injury.
Tyson scored all 14 points in the first half as Clemson built a 43-14 advantage heading into the locker room. Hemenway was a flawless 5 of 5 from the field, including 3 of 3 from behind the 3-point line, on his way to 13 points. Loyola was never in the game as the Clemson defense forced a dozen first-half turnovers and held the Greyhounds to 29% shooting. Head coach Brad Brownell was able to empty the bench with the game in hand and was pleased with the reserves’ energy.
With the three-game homestand concluded, Clemson will next make its way to Niceville, Fla., for the Emerald Coast Classic. The Tigers open with Iowa at 7 p.m., Friday.