Clemson takes Cayman Islands Classic opener
|Monday, November 19, 2018, 1:15 PM-|
No. 16 Clemson improved to 4-0 on the season by holding on late in a 72-69 win over Akron (3-1) to start the Cayman Islands Classic on Monday.
Brad Brownell's Tigers led by as much as 15 points in the second half but Akron cut the lead to four with under three to go with an 8-2 run. Clemson extended the lead to as much as nine points in the final seconds then and Akron hit a 3-pointer with a second left to make the score closer.
Clemson will play Georgia (3-1) on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. (airing on WatchStadium's Facebook Live). The winner of that game moves on to a primetime championship matchup at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Tigers are off to a 4-0 start for a second-straight season, coming off of a Sweet 16 run in 2017-18.
Notes per Clemson release: Clemson starts 4-0 for the just the second time under Brad Brownell … Clemson moves to 2-0 all-time against Akron (both games played outside the continental United States) … Brad Brownell wins his 153rd game at Clemson – leaving him four wins shy of passing Bill Foster for second all-time in program history … Shelton Mitchell scored a team-high and season-high 22 points … the total was Mitchell’s sixth 20-point game of his career … Mitchell finished with nine free throw makes –– tying his career best … Mitchell tied his career-best with four steals in the contest … Mitchell’s 15 shot attempts tied a career high … Elijah Thomas notched his 12th career double-double (posted nine last season) … Thomas grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds … Aamir Simms extended his streak of double-digit scoring to four-straight games (three such games all of last season) … Simms also extended his streak of games in which he has hit his first 3-point attempt to four-straight contests.
Aamir Simms secures his fourth double-digit scoring game in as many tries this season to give Clemson its largest lead of the game [37-26]. The sophomore has already eclipsed his 2017-18 total of three games with 10 or more points.#ClemsonGRIT pic.twitter.com/yurTdhMv2h— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) November 19, 2018
Make that four in a row ??— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) November 19, 2018
Shelton Mithcell registers his fourth double-digit scoring game in as many tries this season, scoring his 10th point in just 16 minutes of action. That's also his 51st career double-digit scoring performance - his 49th as a Tiger.#ClemsonGRIT pic.twitter.com/cox2XdoYQ3
4??-0????— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) November 19, 2018
Shelton Mitchell leads the way with season-high 22 points and four steals (ties career high).
Tigers are movin' on to face the winner of Georgia-Illinois State tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.#ClemsonGRIT pic.twitter.com/WYTPctoADJ