Clemson wins 72-67 over North Dakota; 5-0 in LJC

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CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson trailed by as many as 13 in the second half, but finished the game on a 14-2 run in the final five minutes to defeat 2014 NCAA Tournament participant, North Dakota, 72-67, in Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers (5-5) improve to 5-0 in Littlejohn Coliseum on the season, a first since 2010-11. North Dakota falls to 7-3 overall.

The Tigers trailed, 51-38, with 14:41 to play in the game, but received a spark from the bench, which outscored North Dakota’s bench 33-19. The difference was the defense, which forced 25 turnovers and was an active force all game long, turning those miscues into a season-high 29 points. Offensively, Clemson took care of the basketball and only committed 14 turnovers, the fewest since a 79-69 win over Furman on Nov. 23.

Additionally, the Tigers took a school record 31 three-point field goals, burying 11 of them with three players hitting three or more. The Tigers, who entered the game ranked third in the ACC in free throw shooting, hit all seven attempts, six of which came in the final 2:40.

Clemson’s offense came alive in the last five minutes of the game, closing the final 4:40 on a 14-2 run. For the second straight game, the Tigers also gave up no field goals in the final five minutes of the game.

The Tigers trailed by seven, 65-58, with 5:04 to play after back-to-back UND three-pointers. However, Tiffany Lewis answered with a left wing three, her fourth of the game, and Daneesha Provo hit her third three to give Clemson the lead for good with 2:01 to play.

Four Tigers reached double figures, with Nikki Dixon leading the with 15 points and nine rebounds. Provo also reached double figures with 13 points, with Lewis adding 12 and Davenport adding 11. Cha’nelle Perry also recorded a team-high six assists to go with nine points.

The Tigers play the third of a six-game homestand on Dec. 19 against Longwood at 7 p.m.

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