Clemson coach Brad Brownell was concerned about his team’s slow starts prior to Tuesday night’s game at top ranked Duke. In the first 20 minutes of the game, the Tigers gave “slow start” a whole new meaning.
The Tigers scored 10 first half points, making just 3 of 25 shots (12%), and never made a game of it in the second half falling to the Blue Devils 68-40. The ten points are Clemson’s lowest in a first half in 12 years, and the 40 total points are Clemson’s lowest since a 38 point outing against Miami in 2006.
Clemson shot only 28% for the game. The Tigers missed their first nine three point attempts and finished 1-11 for the game. Despite the shooting woes, Clemson only trailed 25-10 at halftime.
But the Blue Devils, who hit 8 three pointers on the night, shot 72% (18-25) in the second half to pull away to the easy victory.
Senior Devin Booker was Clemson’s lone bright spot recording his second straight double-double with 12 points and a career high 15 rebounds. Duke was led by guard Quinn Cook who scored a career high 27 points.
Clemson drops to 8-6 overall and 0-2 in the ACC. The Tigers will host Virginia Saturday at Noon. Duke is 16-0 and 2-0 in the league and play at NC State Saturday.