Marcquise Reed’s 25 points helped the Clemson Tigers earn their second straight victory head-to-head over South Carolina, winning 64-48 in front of 8,031 at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Reed, the reigning ACC Player of the Week for his efforts against Florida, scored above 20 points for the second straight contest. He was especially strong in the second half, scoring 18 of his season-high total.
The Gamecocks struggled to shoot against the variety of defenses employed by Brad Brownell, and despite having success in the paint, couldn’t hit shots from the perimeter. South Carolina missed its first 11 shots from beyond three, as Hassani Gravett’s triple with 6:44 to play served as the lone make during the competitive run of the game.
South Carolina’s point total represented a season low, while Clemson’s margin of victory equaled its highest for a Power-Five opponent.
Will Palaszczuk provided postgame analysis via Periscope:
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Clemson improved to 10-1, while South Carolina falls to 8-3. The Tigers have a quick turnaround playing Friday against Louisiana-Lafayette, while the Gamecocks are off until next Wednesday before hosting Limestone.