CLEMSON - No. 10 Seton Hall survived Clemson, 79-78, on Tuesday night in
front of 7,500 at Littlejohn Coliseum.
It was the kind of loss that will likely grab the attention of the rest of
the Atlantic Coast Conference. Clemson proved that it is a different team
from last year. On what was a bad night statistically (18 turnovers to six
assists), the Tigers rallied against a team that will likely be playing in
"We don't have that kind of luxury against a top-ten team," said Clemson
coach Larry Shyatt. "It was not pretty at times."
Seton Hall, which started three freshmen including one of the most highly
sought after high school recruits from last year, will likely only
get better. Tuesday night at times, the Pirates struggled offensively, but
in the end it was their defense that won the game.
Seton Hall's Andre Barrett hit a free throw with 5.2 seconds left to beat
the Tigers, 79-78, but by that time Clemson had proven that this season will
likely be very different that last year.
Even with 18 turnovers to go along with six assists, Clemson came back from
a 13-point deficit in the second half and eventually take the lead against
Early in the second half, it appeared that Clemson was going to fade. Eddie
Griffin led Seton Hall to a 10-point lead early in the half after they led
by five at intermission. Griffin hit a couple of 3-pointers, one with 16:48
left in the game to give Seton Hall a 49-36 lead.
However, Will Solomon led a Clemson run in the final six minutes. He hit a
3-pointer with 6:20 left to cut the lead to six (74-66). He capped an 8-0
run by Clemson with a 17-footer that gave Clemson a 76-74 lead with 2:58
left in the game.
However, Seton Hall regained its composure enough to stop Solomon in the
final two minutes. Solomon threw the ball away to Seton Hall's Samuel
Dalembert with 2:30 left. A layup by Seton Hall's Eddie Griffin gave Seton
Hall a 78-76 lead with 2:14 left.
Clemson's Dustin Braddick scored on a layup with 1:50 left to tie the game
After Dalembert missed a hook shot, Solomon was called for a charge with
1:12 left. Clemson's Adam Allenspach stole the ball on the Pirate's next
possession and Clemson ran down the shot clock until Solomon tried to make a
play with just over 25 seconds left in the game. Griffin stole the ball from
Seton Hall called a timeout with ten seconds left then let Andre Barrett
drive the lane with just over five seconds left. He was fouled by Tony
Stockman and then hit his first free throw.
Ed Scott's final attempt from 25 feet was blocked by Griffin.
"We knew we had three dribbles left and we wanted either Scott or Tony
Stockman or Will Solomon to make a play," said Shyatt, who saw his team fall
Seton Hall came out firing from 3-point range, but didn't find its range
early. The Pirates hit just one of its first six 3-point attempts in the
first five minutes. Clemson meanwhile hit four of its first seven shots to
take an early 12-7 lead.
Clemson then raced to a 24-15 lead when Seton Hall wasn't able to find its
range even inside the 3-point line.
Adam Allenspach hit a 10-footer to give Clemson a 19-15 lead with 7:43 left
in the first half. Pasha Bains, who led Clemson with nine first-half points,
hit a three pointer and Chris Hobbs scored on a layup to give Clemson a
24-17 lead with 6:32 left in the half.
Clemson gave the lead back quickly when Seton Hall's Darius Lane (17 points
in the first half) scored seven straight points (a 3-pointer and a pair of
5-footers) and Eddie Griffin followed his own miss with a layup to tie the
game, 24-24, with 4:29 left in the half.
A 3-pointer by Lane stretched the lead to 37-29 with 1:07 left in the first