Clemson falls to UTEP in opening round of Diamond Head Classic


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HONOLULU – Clemson began and ended the game cold from the field and as a
result fell to UTEP, 61-48, in the opening game of the Hawaiian Airlines
Diamond Head Classic. The Tigers went nearly 12 minutes without a field
goal in the second half as UTEP put together a 14-3 run to ice the game
for Tim Floyd’s squad. With the win, UTEP improved to 5-5 on the season
and Clemson fell to 6-5.


K.J. McDanielsK.J. McDaniels
Fr. Guard
#32 6-5, 190
Birmingham, AL

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led the Tigers in the game with a career-best 13 points.
Milton JenningsMilton Jennings
Jr. Forward
#24 6-9, 225
Summerville, SC

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, who was sick and missed practice Wednesday, added 10 in
the loss. The Tigers shot just 30.4 percent for the game and made only
3-of-21 from behind the three-point line. For the second straight game,
Clemson’s leading scorer Andre YoungAndre Young
Sr. Guard
#11 5-9, 175
Albany, GA

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was held in check, as he scored six
points and did not make a three for the second straight game.


Scoring was difficult to come by early in the game for the Tigers.
Clemson did not score until the 14:09 Mark when McDaniels came off the
bench to spark the Tigers. He scored the Tigers’ first five points and 10
of the team’s first 12 points in the game. Coming into Thursday, his
previous best was seven points at Arizona.


McDaniels really put the Tigers on the back when he hit a three-point
basket with 8:17 left in the half, and then followed moments later with a
breakaway slam dunk to pull Clemson with 15-12. The Tigers again trailed
24-18, but scored the final six points of the half and held UTEP scoreless
in the final 3:09. Rod HallRod Hall
Fr. Guard
#4 6-1, 210
Augusta, GA

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hit a pair of free throws to tie the score at
30.2 seconds left before the break.



The momentum continued after the half for the Tigers, who got a three in
transition from Tanner SmithTanner Smith
Sr. Guard
#5 6-5, 210
Alpharetta, GA

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to give Clemson its first lead at 27-24.
Milton Jennings followed a minute later with a 15-foot jumper that gave
the Tigers a five-point edge. UTEP hit a couple three-point baskets and
quickly reclaimed the lead at 32-31 on a pair of Michael Perez free
throws. The Tigers got the lead right back on a nifty feed inside from
Andre Young to Catalin BaciuCatalin Baciu
Sr. Center
#10 7-2, 255
Cluj-Napoca,

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, who threw down a dunk.


UTEP found its shooting stroke from the outside in the second stanza.
Little-used guard C.J. Cooper was inserted into the lineup, and he
promptly hit three outside shots to help put the Miners up by a score of
49-42. Clemson went several minutes again without scoring. After Young
hit a pair of free throws due to a technical foul, the Tigers did not
score for eight minutes until Devin BookerDevin Booker
Jr. Forward
#31 6-8, 245
Whitmire, SC

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knocked in a free throw.


The Tigers had difficulty guarding UTEP sophomore Michael Perez, who
cruised to a career-high 25 points. He hit 8-of-12 from the field,
including 3-of-6 from three-point range and 6-of-7 from the charity
stripe. Cooper added 11 in the second half for the Miners.


The Tigers take on the loser of the second game, Kansas State vs. Southern
Illinois. The game will be played at 3:00 PM Eastern and will be
televised by ESPNU on Friday.


VISITORS: UTEP 5-5, 1-0 DHC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
10 WASHBURN, Julian.... *  1-2    0-1    0-0    0  2  2   0   2  1  3  0  0  13
11 STREETER, Jacques... *  2-4    1-2    2-2    0  1  1   2   7  7  3  0  1  34
23 McCULLEY, Gabriel... *  3-7    0-2    0-0    0  6  6   4   6  0  2  1  1  23
24 PEREZ, Michael...... *  8-12   3-6    6-7    0  3  3   1  25  2  2  0  0  40
31 LANG, Cedrick....... *  2-3    0-0    1-1    2  5  7   4   5  1  3  0  1  33
05 COOPER, C.J.........    4-7    3-6    0-0    0  1  1   1  11  2  0  0  0  22
15 RAGLAND, Jalen......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   5
21 BOHANNON, John......    2-6    0-1    1-2    1  5  6   2   5  0  3  1  0  25
55 CAMPBELL, D'Von.....    0-2    0-2    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  1   5
   Team................                         1  1  2
   Totals..............   22-43   7-20  10-12   4 25 29  15  61 13 16  2  4 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-18 55.6%   2nd Half: 12-25 48.0%   Game: 51.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-6  16.7%   2nd Half:  6-14 42.9%   Game: 35.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-4  75.0%   2nd Half:  7-8  87.5%   Game: 83.3%   3,1


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HOME TEAM: Clemson 6-5, 0-1 DHC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
04 Hall, Rod........... *  0-8    0-1    2-2    4  0  4   1   2  1  0  0  0  24
05 Smith, Tanner....... *  3-4    1-2    0-0    0  4  4   4   7  2  2  0  3  35
10 Baciu, Catalin...... *  1-3    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   1   2  0  0  0  0   6
11 Young, Andre........ *  1-9    0-6    4-4    1  3  4   0   6  2  2  0  1  38
31 Booker, Devin....... *  2-9    0-1    1-2    3  2  5   2   5  1  1  0  1  34
01 Sapp, T.J...........    0-4    0-3    0-2    1  0  1   2   0  0  2  0  0   8
02 Fields, Carson......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
21 Narcisse, Bryan.....    0-2    0-2    1-2    1  0  1   1   1  0  0  0  0   3
22 Sullivan, Bernard...    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   6
24 Jennings, Milton....    6-8    0-1    0-0    2  2  4   2  12  0  1  0  1  24
32 McDaniels, K.J......    4-8    2-5    3-4    3  1  4   1  13  0  2  2  1  21
   Team................                            1  1             1
   Totals..............   17-56   3-21  11-16  16 14 30  14  48  6 11  2  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-28 32.1%   2nd Half:  8-28 28.6%   Game: 30.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-10 10.0%   2nd Half:  2-11 18.2%   Game: 14.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-6  83.3%   2nd Half:  6-10 60.0%   Game: 68.8%   2,2


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Officials: Ted Valentine, Chris Beaver, John Stigliano
Technical fouls: UTEP-None. Clemson-None.
Attendance:
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
UTEP..........................   24   37  -   61
Clemson.......................   24   24  -   48
Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic First Round

Points in the paint-UTEP 26,CU 20. Points off turnovers-UTEP 7,CU 13.
2nd chance points-UTEP 2,CU 13. Fast break points-UTEP 2,CU 4.
Bench points-UTEP 16,CU 26. Score tied-5 times. Lead changed-6 times.
Last FG-UTEP 2nd-01:01, CU 2nd-01:32.
Largest lead-UTEP by 14 2nd-01:01, CU by 5 2nd-18:52.

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