Late Run Propels Tigers Over Winthrop, 69-59

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Freshman Tony Stockman put the Eagles away with a couple of 3-pointers in the final three minutes.

CLEMSON -- Clemson survived Winthrop, 69-59, in front of 4,000 at Littlejohn Coliseum on Tuesday night.

It was the kind of game that Clemson would have likely lost a year ago.

"The score does not indicate the kind of game it was," said Clemson coach Larry Shyatt. "Their coaches have done a great job of bringing in high level talent."

The Tigers (5-1) led by six at the half, but saw the Eagles (4-4) go on a 15-0 run early in the second half that gave the them a 45-38 lead with 15:17 left in the game.

Clemson went on a 17-5 run of its own to take a 55-50 lead with 7:56 left on a lay-up by Adam Allenspach, who led Clemson with 20 points.

Freshman Tony Stockman, though, put the Eagles away with a couple of 3-pointers in the final three minutes. Stockman's shooting would have been welcomed early last season when the Tigers struggled.

Winthrop trailed, 57-56, when Stockman,who finished with 16 points, hit a 3-pointer on a fast break with 2:58 left. A layup and a pair of free throws by Will Solomon, who finished with 19 points, gave Clemson a 64-58 lead with 1:25 left.

Another 3-pointer by Stockman with 29.4 left gave Clemson a 67-58 lead and put the game away.

"When we scheduled the first fifth of the season we knew that with Seton Hall and the Big Ten Challenge and Winthrop that we would have a good test," said Shyatt.

Winthrop turned its 6-0 run at the end of the first half into an 18-2 run that gave the Eagles a 42-38 lead with 15:56 left in the game.

Clemson led 36-30 at the half. However, Winthrop could do little wrong in the first five minutes of the second half. After center Alan Allenspach hit a 10-footer to open the half, the Eagles went on a 15-0 run.

Pierre Wooten hit consecutive 3-pointers to give Winthrop a 42-38 lead with 15:56 left in the game. A 3-pointer by Derrick Knox gave the Eagles a 45-38 lead with 15:17 left.

"Our guys have handled adversity well," said Shyatt. Clemson's lack of height was a liability again against Winthrop. However, Allenspach had his most productive game of the season

He scored 14 in the first half and scored Clemson's first six points.

Clemson, early in the game, tried to get the ball inside to Allenspach and Thomas Nagys. Will Solomon's shot from the top of the key was Clemson's only outside basket in the first seven minutes.

However, it was the outside game that helped Clemson pull away in the first half. Solomon hit another from the top of the key, this time a 3-pointer that started a 13-4 run by the Tigers. A 17-footer by Pasha Bains and a 17-footer by Allenspach gave Clemson a 25-18 lead with 6:06 left in the first half.

A deep 3-pointer by Solomon gave Clemson a 28-20 lead. Stockman fed a layup by Tony Stockman that gave Clemson a 32-22 lead. A 10-footer by Nagys gave Clemson a 36-24 lead, its biggest of the half.

Winthrop, though, cut into that lead in the final two minutes.

Pierre Wooten hit a 3-pointer with 1:42 left. Marcus Stewart, who led the Eagles with 13 points in the first half, hit an 8-footer and then hit a free throw with 28 seconds left in the half to cut the lead to 36-30.

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