Tigers end 18 game losing steak to Deacons in Winston-Salem


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Smith was the game’s top scorer, and he was supported by Milton Jennings with 15 and Andre Young with 12. (Photos: IconSMI)

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Tanner SmithTanner Smith
Sr. Guard
#5 6-5, 210
Alpharetta, GA

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scored 15 of his 20 points in the first
half as Clemson snapped a three-game losing skid with a 78-58 victory over
Wake Forest on Saturday at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The
Tigers improved to 12-12 on the season, 4-6 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons
fell to 11-14 overall, 2-9 in conference play.


With the win, the Tigers earned their first win at Wake Forest since the
facility’s first season in 1989-90 (89-75 Clemson win). Clemson had
dropped 18 consecutive games to the Deacons in Winston-Salem. Clemson
also earned a regular season sweep over Wake for the first time since that
same ACC championship season. In addition, Clemson coach Brad BrownellBrad Brownell
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became the first Tiger mentor to win each of his first three games against
Wake Forest.


The Tigers shot a season-high 58 percent, converting 32 of 55 field goal
attempts. Clemson made 8-of-18 from three-point distance, 44 percent.
The Tigers also won the rebound margin 30-26 and collected 11 steals as a
team. Smith was the game’s top scorer, and he was supported by Milton
Jennings with 15 and Andre YoungAndre Young
Sr. Guard
#11 5-9, 175
Albany, GA

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with 12. Freshman guard Devin ColemanDevin Coleman
Fr. Guard
#15 6-2, 200
Philadelphia, PA

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added a season-high nine off the bench.


Clemson quickly jumped out to a 7-0 lead after Tanner Smith got a
fortunate bounce on a three-pointer. But, Wake Forest countered with a
9-2 run that tied the ballgame on a Chase Fischer jumper. The two teams
played closely for the next several minutes. After Young tied the game on
a jumper at 17, Harris came down the other end and took advantage of a
mismatch for a three-point play to put the Deacs up three. That began a
7-0 run that put Wake up 24-17 before Booker answered with a jump hook in
the lane.


The Tigers put together a 7-0 run of their own to tie the game at 26.
Coleman sank his first three-point basket of the season during the run,
and Jennings capped it with a layup. Coleman put in a spinning reverse
layup moments later, which sandwiched back-to-back deep threes from Smith
that made it 34-32 in a sudden offensive battle.


Clemson closed the half strong on an 8-0 run that culminated with a Booker
tip-in just before the halftime buzzer. Smith scored a game-high 15
points in that opening stanza, and the Tigers shot a season-best 64
percent for the 20 minutes.


The second half featured a 17-5 run out of the gate in which the Tiger
seniors combined for 15 points. Bryan NarcisseBryan Narcisse
Sr. Forward
#21 6-6, 220
North Augusta, SC

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hit his fifth
three-pointer of the season in the run. Clemson is now 10-3 all-time when
Narcisse makes a three-point basket.


Wake scored a modest four unanswered as Clemson failed to score for more
than three minutes. But, Jennings ended that with a three off a secondary
break to make it 62-45. The lead reached 73-50 on a long ball in the
corner by freshman K.J. McDanielsK.J. McDaniels
Fr. Guard
#32 6-5, 190
Birmingham, AL

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. The Tigers’ freshmen combined for 16
points in the ballgame.


The Tigers return home to take on a ranked Virginia team on Tuesday, Feb.
14. The game is scheduled for 7:00 PM at Littlejohn Coliseum.


VISITORS: Clemson 12-12, 4-6 ACC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
21 Narcisse,Bryan...... f  1-1    1-1    0-0    0  1  1   3   3  1  0  0  1  14
24 Jennings,Milton..... f  6-11   1-2    2-2    1  4  5   3  15  1  3  0  1  23
31 Booker,Devin........ c  4-8    0-1    1-3    4  3  7   1   9  1  1  2  2  30
05 Smith,Tanner........ g  8-9    3-4    1-1    1  4  5   3  20  5  1  0  2  32
11 Young,Andre......... g  5-11   1-5    1-2    2  1  3   1  12  2  2  0  1  35
01 Sapp,T.J............    0-2    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  1  1  0  2  11
04 Hall,Rod............    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   2  1  0  0  0  10
10 Baciu,Catalin.......    1-1    0-0    1-1    1  0  1   2   3  0  1  0  1   8
15 Coleman,Devin.......    4-5    1-1    0-0    1  1  2   3   9  2  0  1  0  14
22 Sullivan,Bernard....    0-2    0-1    0-0    0  4  4   2   0  0  2  0  0  15
32 McDaniels,K.J.......    2-3    1-2    0-3    0  0  0   3   5  0  0  1  1   8
   TEAM................                            1  1             1
   Totals..............   32-55   8-18   6-12  10 20 30  22  78 14 12  4 11 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 18-28 64.3%   2nd Half: 14-27 51.9%   Game: 58.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-7  57.1%   2nd Half:  4-11 36.4%   Game: 44.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-4  50.0%   2nd Half:  4-8  50.0%   Game: 50.0%   2,1


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HOME TEAM: Wake Forest 11-14, 2-9 ACC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
25 Mescheriakov,Nikita. f  3-9    1-3    5-6    0  2  2   3  12  1  2  0  0  28
30 McKie,Travis........ f  5-13   0-3    3-4    3  3  6   1  13  3  3  0  0  34
40 Walker,Ty........... c  1-4    0-0    0-0    0  3  3   1   2  0  1  1  2  22
01 Chennault,Tony...... g  1-3    0-1    1-2    3  1  4   2   3  1  2  0  0  25
11 Harris,C.J.......... g  5-10   1-3    7-7    1  1  2   3  18  1  1  1  2  36
02 Fields,Anthony......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  2  0  1   9
04 Green,Daniel........    0-0    0-0    0-2    0  2  2   1   0  0  0  0  0   5
10 Fischer,Chase.......    1-4    0-1    4-4    0  3  3   0   6  1  1  0  2  23
33 Desrosiers,Carson...    0-0    0-0    4-4    1  1  2   4   4  2  2  2  0  18
   TEAM................                         1  1  2             1
   Totals..............   16-43   2-11  24-29   9 17 26  15  58  9 15  4  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-23 43.5%   2nd Half:  6-20 30.0%   Game: 37.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-4  25.0%   2nd Half:  1-7  14.3%   Game: 18.2%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 15-15 100 %   2nd Half:  9-14 64.3%   Game: 82.8%    2


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Officials: Karl Hess, Bryan Kersey, Tim Nestor
Technical fouls: Clemson-Booker,Devin. Wake Forest-None.
Attendance: 10076
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Clemson.......................   42   36  -   78
Wake Forest...................   36   22  -   58

Points in the paint-CU 38,WF 22. Points off turnovers-CU 21,WF 12.
2nd chance points-CU 10,WF 8. Fast break points-CU 10,WF 2.
Bench points-CU 19,WF 10. Score tied-8 times. Lead changed-8 times.
Last FG-CU 2nd-00:21, WF 2nd-02:03.
Largest lead-CU by 23 2nd-07:53, WF by 7 1st-07:21.

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