Clemson had no problem with Newberry in their exhibition matchup at Littlejohn Coliseum, Wednesday. The Tigers were firing on all cylinders out of the blocks and routed the Wolves 90-39.
PJ Hall led the way, scoring 12 of his 14 points in the first half to help Clemson to a 53-27 lead at the break. The Tigers defense took over from there, limiting Newberry to 3 of 30 shooting and just a dozen points in the second half. Ian Schieffelin grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and joined Hall in double figures with 12 points.
Head coach Brad Brownell is looking forward to seeing what his team can do when fully healthy. Guard Alex Hemenway missed the exhibition with a hamstring injury and other players haven’t been able to fully participate in practice. “I liked the way our guys played. Twenty-one assisted baskets. Our passing has been good. It was good in practice and it was good today. It’s one of the strengths of our team,” Brownell said. “We haven’t really had our full team but a day or two, so still trying to put the pieces together, but I like what we have, so far.”
Brownell said he’s hopeful Hemenway will be able to practice by early next week. Clemson opens regular season play against Winthrop on Monday at 7 p.m.