MBB: Clemson 58 Delaware St 37 Final


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CLEMSON, SC - Clemson held Delaware State to just 14 second half points and matched its best scoring defense output under Head Coach Brad Brownell in a 58-37 victory Wednesday at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers moved to 2-0 with the win, while the Hornets fell to 1-2 after the loss.

Clemson's defense stole the show Wednesday, limiting Delaware State to 27 percent shooting overall - including a 4-for-24 effort in the second half. The 14 points were the fewest allowed in a half under Brownell, who has coached 98 games at Clemson. Conversely, the Tigers shot 41 percent overall and 79 percent at the free throw line. Clemson also possessed a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio (14-7).

Damarcus Harrison reached double figures for a second straight contest and led all scorers with 15 points on the night. He made 4-of-8 shots, including 2-of-4 from long distance. K.J. McDaniels was the game's only other player in double figures with 11.

Jaron Blossomgame got Clemson going with his energy early on. He was a force on the offensive glass against Delaware State's zone, and found himself open on a nifty pass inside from McDaniels for his first collegiate dunk to put the Tigers up 5-4. A couple of Hornet turnovers later and three-pointers by Jordan Roper and McDaniels suddenly saw the lead pushed to 11-4.

The action went back and forth for the next several minutes until Clemson's lead grew to 13 on a power move inside by Blossomgame, who finished with eight points and eight rebounds. After the Hornets cut the lead to nine, McDaniels rose above the crowd to follow a Harrison miss with his first signature dunk of the season to make it 28-17.

Harrison then got in on the action, collecting a steal up top with 1:26 to go and slammed home his ninth point of the half to make it 31-19. But Delaware State's Jason Owens sank a 12-footer as time expired to pull his team within nine at halftime, 32-23.

The Tigers came out a step slow to start the second half, but amped up behind a jam inside from McDaniels and another three from Harrison, as the lead grew to 42-27. Clemson pushed its lead to a 17-point margin after Adonis Filer scored on a fast break and Blossomgame followed with a long two. Clemson enjoyed a 20+ point lead much of the final 10 minutes thanks to a suffocating defense.

The Tigers return to action Sunday to host archrival South Carolina at 5 p.m. Call 1-800-CLEMSON or visit ClemsonTigers.com for ticket information.

TEAM NOTES

· With Wednesday’s win, Clemson improved to 4-0 all-time in the series against Delaware State.
· The win also pushed Clemson’s overall record to 29-1 over teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
· Clemson held Delaware State to 37 total points, matching the fewest allowed by a Brad Brownell coached team (98 games). The previous occurrence came at Georgia Tech in 2011-12 when the Tigers won by a score of 56-37.
· The 37 points were the fewest allowed by Clemson at home since the Tigers held North Florida to 36 on Dec. 16, 2008.
· Delaware State’s 14 second half points were the fewest allowed by a Brownell coached team in 98 games. The previous low was 15, on three occasions (including the opener vs. Stetson).
· Clemson is now 20-2 all-time under Brownell when allowing 50 points or less.
· Clemson put together a run of at least 12 consecutive points in the opening half for a second straight game. The Tigers held the Hornets scoreless for a period of 6:11 during the 12-0 stretch.
· The Tigers committed just seven turnovers Wednesday, their fewest since Feb. 17, 2013 (six versus Miami).
· Delaware State made just one three-point goal. It is the fewest makes by an opponent in 98 games under Brownell. The previous low was two on nine occasions.


INDIVIDUAL NOTES

· Damarcus Harrison reached double figures for the second straight game, only the second time in 33 games at Clemson he has done that.
· Harrison posted career highs in both free throws made (5) and attempted (6).
· Jaron Blossomgame, who red-shirted last season due to a broken leg, recorded his first collegiate dunk with under 16 minutes in the opening half.
· Blossomgame scored eight points for a second straight game and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds in 27 minutes of play.
· With his first blocked shot of the opening half, K.J. McDaniels extended his streak to 19 consecutive games with at least one swat.
· McDaniels finished the night with five blocks, the fifth time in 60 career games he has recorded at least five blocks in a game.
· Rod Hall posted four assists with no turnovers and has still yet to commit one this season through 54 minutes.
· Sidy Djitte, a freshman from Senegal, scored his first points as a Tiger with a layup in the final seconds.

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VISITORS: Delaware State 1-2
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
05 BELL, Tyshawn....... f  1-5    0-3    2-2    0  2  2   2   4  0  1  0  1  31
01 GRAY, Kendall....... c  1-6    0-0    6-8    2  2  4   3   8  1  1  3  0  31
22 WALKER, Casey....... g  3-11   1-4    0-0    1  5  6   2   7  0  0  0  2  34
30 LAWSON, Jordan...... g  1-2    0-0    0-0    3  0  3   2   2  0  1  0  0  20
55 BURLEY, Charles..... g  1-3    0-0    1-2    1  0  1   3   3  3  1  0  0  16
00 BROWN, Rakeen.......    0-1    0-1    1-2    0  0  0   0   1  0  0  0  0   3
02 WILLIAMS, Kendal....    1-4    0-1    0-0    0  2  2   0   2  2  0  0  0  23
04 THOMAS, Cahli.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  1   2
10 DOYLE, Nick.........    0-6    0-3    0-2    0  1  1   2   0  0  0  0  0  15
11 HAYWOOD, DeANDRE....    1-1    0-0    2-3    1  0  1   0   4  0  0  0  1   2
20 GASEVIC, Mrdjan.....    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  1   4
21 HALEY, Larry........    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   4
23 OWENS, Jason........    3-4    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   3   6  1  0  0  0  12
34 LEWIS, Chris........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   3
   TEAM................                         2  1  3             1
   Totals..............   12-45   1-13  12-19  10 15 25  17  37  7  5  3  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-21 38.1%   2nd Half:  4-24 16.7%   Game: 26.7%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-6  16.7%   2nd Half:  0-7   0.0%   Game:  7.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-8  75.0%   2nd Half:  6-11 54.5%   Game: 63.2%    5


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HOME TEAM: Clemson 2-0
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
05 BLOSSOMGAME, Jaron.. f  4-5    0-0    0-0    5  3  8   2   8  0  0  1  0  27
32 McDANIELS, K.J...... f  4-12   1-5    2-2    2  3  5   0  11  1  2  5  0  25
35 NNOKO, Landry....... c  0-1    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   4   0  1  1  1  0  15
12 HALL, Rod........... g  2-5    0-2    2-2    1  1  2   0   6  4  0  0  0  30
20 ROPER, Jordan....... g  1-4    1-2    4-6    0  4  4   1   7  3  1  0  0  15
01 AJUKWA, Austin......    0-2    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   2   0  0  0  0  0   6
02 FIELDS, Carson......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
03 FILER, Adonis.......    3-4    1-2    0-0    0  2  2   1   7  3  0  0  0  20
15 COLEMAN, Devin......    0-2    0-2    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  1  0  0   8
21 HARRISON, Damarcus..    4-8    2-4    5-6    2  2  4   1  15  1  0  0  1  20
33 SMITH, Josh.........    0-1    0-0    2-2    0  3  3   1   2  0  0  0  0  22
42 DJAMBO, Ibrahim.....    0-1    0-0    0-0    2  1  3   1   0  1  1  0  0   8
50 DJITTE, Sidy........    1-1    0-0    0-1    0  1  1   0   2  0  1  0  0   3
   TEAM................                         1  1  2
   Totals..............   19-46   5-17  15-19  15 25 40  14  58 14  7  7  1 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-25 36.0%   2nd Half: 10-21 47.6%   Game: 41.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-10 30.0%   2nd Half:  2-7  28.6%   Game: 29.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 11-15 73.3%   2nd Half:  4-4  100 %   Game: 78.9%    1


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Officials: Michael Stephens, Bernard Clinton, Ron Tyburski
Technical fouls: Delaware State-None. Clemson-None.
Attendance: 5000
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Delaware State................   23   14  -   37
Clemson.......................   32   26  -   58

Points in the paint-DSUM 6,CU 29. Points off turnovers-DSUM 10,CU 9.
2nd chance points-DSUM 5,CU 14. Fast break points-DSUM 0,CU 11.
Bench points-DSUM 13,CU 26. Score tied-0 times. Lead changed-1 time.
Last FG-DSUM 2nd-00:24, CU 2nd-00:10.
Largest lead-DSUM by 3 1st-18:37, CU by 24 2nd-04:35

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