Booker scores 22 as Tigers drop Bucs


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CLEMSON, SC – Devin Booker scored a career-high 22 points and Clemson held
East Tennessee State to 26 points in the second half in a 65-58 victory
over the Buccaneers on Sunday at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers overcame
a four-point halftime deficit and a nine-point disadvantage in the second
half alone. It was Clemson’s second come-from-behind win in the last
three games. Clemson improved to 8-6 with the win, while ETSU fell to 5-7
overall.

Booker made 8-of-12 from the floor and six of his eight attempts at the
free throw line for his 22-point total. His previous best was 16 points,
which he accomplished four times. Booker added seven rebounds and four
blocked shots in 38 minutes of play. Also in double figures Sunday for
the Tigers was freshman T.J. Sapp, who earned his fourth start of the
season. He responded in a positive manner, hitting 4-of-5 from behind the
arc. He matched his season-best with 13 points.

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell said he was proud of the effort.

“I’m proud of our guys. It was a back-and-forth type of game,” Brownelll said. “We were
executing well early, but we had a little spell where we had some unforced
turnovers and they took advantage. We missed some shots around the basket
early in the second half, and I thought it could get away from us a little
bit. Our defense kept us in it until we made a run. We got ourselves
together and finished the game the right way.”

Andre Young hit two three-pointers in the second half, giving him 199 for
his career, and finished the game with 12 points. He added eight
rebounds, seven assists and a steal in a fine all-around effort.

ETSU senior Adam Sollazzo surpassed his career-high in scoring with 27
points on 8-of-16 field goals and 9-of-12 free throws. He was supported
by backcourt mate and fellow senior Tommy Hubbard, who totaled 19 points
and eight rebounds in 36 minutes.

The Tigers came out strong against the Bucs’ zone defense, hitting their
first three three-point attempts for a 6-2 lead. After a Murry Bartow
timeout, the lead changed hands multiple times even before the first media
timeout. Sollazzo scored seven straight points to give ETSU an 11-10
lead, but Sapp swished his second straight long-range attempt on a Booker
rebound to put Clemson ahead again.



The lead changed hands 11 times in the first 10 minutes of the opening
half, the last of which was a pair of free throws by Booker that put
Clemson ahead by a score of 20-19. Clemson suffered a first-half drought
that lasted over six minutes, as ETSU was able to take a 24-21 lead during
the stretch. Smith broke the drought with a driving layup at the 4:54
mark.

Clemson held the Bucs without a field goal for nearly four minutes, but
Hubbard intercepted a Smith pass and took it the length of the floor for a
three-point play to give ETSU a four-point lead at intermission.

ETSU scored the first four points of the second frame, thus putting
together a 7-0 run in a span of just three minutes. Clemson had two
turnovers and missed five shots in the first three minutes of the second
half, prompting a timeout from Brad Brownell after the Bucs’ lead was
extended to nine.

Milton Jennings sparked an 8-0 run that gave Clemson a 44-43 lead with
11:28 left after Young sank his 198th career three-pointer from the right
wing. Jennings had a steal off Clemson’s fullcourt press and also had an
inside feed to Booker, who nailed a left-handed banker.

Sheldon Cooley put ETSU back ahead after a pair of baskets, the second of
which was a spinning shot in the lane that rattled in for a 47-46
advantage. Sapp put Clemson up a pair with his fourth long ball of the
game, and then Jennings followed with his third block of the game. The
Tigers then had a hit ahead on the break to Booker, who had an emphatic
slam to push the lead to 51-47.

After ETSU cut the lead to two, Tanner Smith jumped Sollazzo at midcourt
and took a steal the distance for a gentle jam to make it 53-49 in favor
of the Tigers with 3:26 remaining. Young gave the Tigers their biggest
lead at 56-49 on a rainbow three-pointer on a Jennings assist. Young
hit two free throws to make it an even bigger deficit for ETSU at 60-51.

Brownell said the plan was to get Booker involved.

“We thought Devin (Booker) could get inside of their zone,” Brownell said. “Our guys did a
great job of finding Devin and giving him opportunities. We did turn the
ball over some trying to get the ball to him. I was okay with some of
that because we needed to get him the ball.”

The Tigers open ACC play next weekend at home. Florida State will visit
Clemson on Saturday, Jan. 7 in a 4:00 PM game televised by ESPN2.


Official Basketball Box Score
East Tennessee State vs Clemson
1/1/12 4:00 PM at Clemson, SC (Littlejohn Coliseum)


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VISITORS: East Tennessee State 5-7
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
41 Brown, Isiah........ f  1-5    0-0    0-2    1  1  2   3   2  1  1  1  2  23
02 Jones, Jarvis....... g  1-1    1-1    0-2    0  2  2   2   3  1  1  0  1  24
13 Hubbard, Tommy...... g  7-12   1-3    4-5    0  8  8   3  19  1  3  1  1  36
23 Dubose, Marcus...... g  1-4    0-1    0-0    0  3  3   2   2  0  2  0  0  20
43 Sollazzo, Adam...... g  8-16   2-3    9-12   1  5  6   2  27  5  8  0  0  39
05 Cooley, Sheldon.....    2-5    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   3   4  0  2  0  2  21
21 Walton, John........    0-0    0-0    1-2    1  0  1   0   1  0  2  0  1  12
34 Poderis, Lukas......    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   4   0  1  1  1  0  25
   TEAM................                         2  3  5
   Totals..............   20-44   4-8   14-23   7 23 30  19  58  9 20  3  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-23 47.8%   2nd Half:  9-21 42.9%   Game: 45.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-3  66.7%   2nd Half:  2-5  40.0%   Game: 50.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  8-11 72.7%   2nd Half:  6-12 50.0%   Game: 60.9%    5


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HOME TEAM: Clemson 8-6
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
24 Jennings, Milton.... f  2-7    0-1    3-6    0  5  5   3   7  3  2  3  3  35
31 Booker, Devin....... f  8-12   0-0    6-8    4  3  7   2  22  1  0  4  1  38
01 Sapp, T.J........... g  4-9    4-5    1-2    1  2  3   1  13  2  1  0  3  31
05 Smith, Tanner....... g  4-12   1-5    0-2    2  3  5   3   9  4  6  0  3  32
11 Young, Andre........ g  3-8    2-6    4-4    1  7  8   4  12  7  4  0  1  37
04 Hall, Rod...........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  0  0  2   4
10 Baciu, Catalin......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
21 Narcisse, Bryan.....    1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   2  0  3  1  1  15
22 Sullivan, Bernard...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
32 McDaniels, K.J......    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   5
   TEAM................                         1  1  2
   Totals..............   22-50   7-18  14-22   9 21 30  16  65 18 16  8 14 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-27 37.0%   2nd Half: 12-23 52.2%   Game: 44.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-12 33.3%   2nd Half:  3-6  50.0%   Game: 38.9%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-9  44.4%   2nd Half: 10-13 76.9%   Game: 63.6%    4


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Officials: Mike Eades, Ron Groover, Brian Shey
Technical fouls: East Tennessee State-None. Clemson-None.
Attendance: 6287
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
East Tennessee State..........   32   26  -   58
Clemson.......................   28   37  -   65
ETSU Bench receives coaches box warning at 10:41 of 1st half.

Points in the paint-ETSU 28,CU 28. Points off turnovers-ETSU 13,CU 11.
2nd chance points-ETSU 5,CU 16. Fast break points-ETSU 6,CU 8.
Bench points-ETSU 5,CU 2. Score tied-6 times. Lead changed-17 times.
Last FG-ETSU 2nd-00:06, CU 2nd-01:26.
Largest lead-ETSU by 9 2nd-17:19, CU by 10 2nd-00:12.

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