The Clemson Tigers defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Saturday for the first time in a men’s basketball game, 67-58, but could be facing the prospects of having to play without one of their most stalwart contributors.
Donte Grantham went down with an injury after a drive to the hoop with 10:54 remaining, clutching his right knee as he fell to the floor.
Grantham needed assistance leaving the court, unable to put any weight on his right side. Later in the half, Grantham walked off the court without help of a trainer to the locker room.
Head Coach Brad Brownell did not know anything more about Grantham’s status after the game, only saying confirming it’s a knee injury and he will be headed for an MRI.
The Tigers led wire-to-wire against the Irish, never trailing or losing the lead after Elijah Thomas opened the scoring on the first possession.
Gabe DeVoe led the Tigers with 17 points, 14 coming in the opening half, and Shelton Mitchell carried the Tigers down the stretch scoring 10 of his 12 points after Grantham’s injury.
Grantham’s main replacement Aamir Simms hit the shot that put the game out of reach, knocking down a three-pointer to put Clemson up by six with 1:04 to play.
Simms said after the game Grantham told him to “always be ready”:
Gabe DeVoe & Aamir Simms
Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey lost for the first time in six matchups against the Tigers, and says this team has a different feel to the ones he’s played while with the Irish:
Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell said his team battled well in Grantham’s absence and liked the composure they kept in the second half:
The #20 Tigers (16-3, 5-2 will travel to Charlottesville for their lone matchup of the season with #2 Virginia at 7 PM Tuesday.