LITTLEJOHN COLISEUM: Clemson leaned on its offense down the stretch, Wednesday, finally putting away a feisty Towson squad, for its fourth straight victory.
The Tigers shot brilliantly from the perimeter, knocking down 14 of their 23 shots from long range. Hunter Tyson hit 4 of 5 from beyond the arc, finishing with 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. P.J. Hall (22 points) is making his slow start to the season a distant memory, scoring 20+ points for the third straight game and Chase Hunter racked up seven assists to go with 14 points. Alex Hemenway joined Tyson, Hall and Hunter in double figures with 15 points.
Despite playing with remarkable efficiency, the Tigers couldn’t break free from Towson until late in the game. Clemson shot better than 57% in the second half, but still trailed with less than eight minutes remaining before back-to-back 3-pointers from Hunter and Hemenway put the Tigers up for good. The second half featured seven lead changes before Clemson made 10 of its last 12 shots to create some distance.
Head coach Brad Brownell wasn’t surprised it was such a hard-fought game, “Those guys are used to winning. They’re 8-2 right now and they’ve already won four road games, so we knew we were going to get a good punch. We knew they weren’t going to be intimidated, we knew they were going to be ready and we knew we’d have to play pretty well.”
Clemson (8-2) has now won all seven of its games at Littlejohn Coliseum but will hit the road to Atlanta for Holiday Hoopsgiving. The Tigers will square off with Loyola Chicago from the State Farm Arena, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.