Put Clemson in the win column for the ACC in the annual challenge with the Big 10. The Tigers rallied in the second half for a 60-58 win over Nebraska at Littlejohn Coliseum to go to 4-2 on the season.
Jaron Blossomgame led the Tigers with 15 points, the only Tiger in double figures.
The Tigers are back in action Sunday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum against Coppin State, the second game in a four game homestand.
Here’s my three pointers on the Tigers’ win:
1) Finding the range from outside
The Tigers regrouped nicely at the break and found some early offense in the second half. After hitting just 2 three pointers in the first half, the Tigers hit three early threes in the second half and 5 of 6 overall.
2) Defense never let up
The Tigers made a clutch defensive stand on Nebraska’s last possession. The plan was to keep the Cornhuskers from taking a three and it worked. Tai Webster eventually got a decent shot off, a runner just inside the right elbow, but it back rimmed for the Clemson victory.
3) Djitte is a battler
Clemson center Sidy Djitte is relentless on the boards. He had 9 against Nebraska including 5 on the offense glass, none bigger than his recovery and feed to Dante Grantham for a three with 3:16 left which gave the Tigers a 4 point lead. Still, Clemson was outrebounded by 8 and outscored in the paint 34-18.
Brad Brownell postgame presser:
Avry Holmes discusses the victory