Tigers struggle down the stretch again, lose to Wisconsin-GB, 64-47

by - Correspondent -

GREENVILLE, SC - Wisconsin-Green Bay quickly turned a tie game into a 17-point blowout against Clemson in the second round of the SoCon Holiday Hoops tournament Saturday night at the BiLo Center.

Clemson did its part kicking the snowball of a run into an avalanche in the final five minutes of a 64-47 loss in front of an estimated crowd of 1,000.

"We definitely hurried," said Clemson coach Larry Shyatt. "We had certain people that wanted to get a seven, eight, nine point lead back in two possessions."

Clemson tied the game 40-40 on a 10-footer from the baseline by Will Solomon with 5:40 left. Over the next four minutes, the Phoenix went on a 13-0 run.

Early in the run, 6-10 forward Arturas Javtokas tried and missed his first 3-pointer of the season and Will Solomon missed a long 3-pointer.

Solomon was charged with his fourth foul shortly after his miss. Wisconsin-Green Bay then started hitting its free throws.

The Phoenix hit 13 of 14 free throws in the final two minutes. Clemson didn't answer the run until just 1:34 remained. Adam Allenspach scored on a lay-up to cut the lead to 11 (53-42), but Clemson missed four more 3-point attempts before the game ended.

"It was a game of effort," said Wisconsin-Green Bay coach Mike Heideman. "We didn't back down and we feel fortunate to win."

Freshman Lannce Hargrove led the Phoenix with 17 points and hit six straight free throws in during Wisconsin-Green Bay's 24-7 run at the end of the game.

"During the final six minutes, the deserve credit for their high level of aggressiveness and discipline," said Shyatt. "I hope that's our resolve to grow to that."

Clemson (2-2) will play Oregon State today at 2:30 p.m. for third place in the tournament. Oregon State lost to Ole Miss, 77-58, Saturday after defeating South Carolina State in the first round.

Clemson played the Phoenix without starting forward Andrius Jurkunas, who broke his right thumb against Central Florida on Friday night. Shyatt, however, did see the first action this season from guard Ed Scott, who broke a bone in his left foot in pre-season workouts.

Scott scored five points, all in the first half. Allenspach led Clemson with 13 and Solomon added 12, but the Phoenix was able to effectively handle 7-1 Allenspach with a front line that measured 6-8 at its highest.

"We made a point of scrambling for as many offensive rebounds as we could get and hoping for the best," said Heideman, who saw his team out-rebound Clemson 35-31. It was Wisconsin-Green Bay's second win in its history over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent. The Phoenix defeated N.C. State in the Great Alaska Shootout in 1993.


Mueller 0-3 0-0 0, Carstensen 3-7 3-4 9, King 3-8 2-2 9, Blanks 2-3 0-0 6,
LaRue 4-13 5-6 15, Evans 0-0 0-0 0, Collins 0-1 0-0 0, Hargrove 5-10 6-6 17,
Jessup 2-2 0-2 4, Pfister 0-0 0-0 0, Babcock 0-0 4-4 4. Totals 19-47 20-24 64.


Javtokas 1-4 1-2 3, Gilmore 0-1 0-0 0, Allenspach 5-10 3-5 13, Solomon 5-12
0-1 12, Braddick 3-6 1-1 7, Scott 2-11 0-1 5, Holt 1-3 0-0 2, Henderson 2-2 0-0
4, Nagys 0-0 1-4 1. Totals 19-49 6-14 47.

Halftime-Wis.Green Bay 22, Clemson 22. 3-Point goals-Wis.-Green Bay 3-20
(Javtokas 0-2, Allenspach 0-1, Solomon 2-8, Braddick 0-2, Scott 1-6, Holt 0-1),
Clemson 6-18 (Blanks 2-3, LaRue 2-7, Hargrove 1-1, King 1-3, Carstensen 0-1,
Mueller 0-3.) Fouled out-Solomon. Rebounds-Wis.-Green Bay 35(LaRue 8), Clemson
31(Allenspach 10). Assists-Wis.-Green Bay 13 (Blanks 4), Clemson 8 (Braddick
4). Total fouls-Wis.-Green Bay 19, Clemson 23. A-NA.

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