Winthrop Shocks Tigers, 66-61


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CLEMSON – If nothing else, the Tigers are consistent. For the third time this season, the Tigers struggled early, got down by double digits, and then had to claw their way back. This time it caught up with them as they couldn't quite come all the way back and suffered their first ever loss to a Big South Conference opponent as Winthrop defeated Clemson 66-61.

After trailing by as much as seventeen, Clemson had a chance to take the lead with just under a minute remaining, but Chris Hobbs missed a shot from point blank range, and the Tigers were forced to foul. The Eagles made both free throws, which gave the ball back to the Tigers with 19 seconds, down by 3 at 64-61. Ed Scott missed a three pointer, and Winthrop went on to hand the Tigers the loss.

“It’s game of inches,” Shyatt said of Hobbs’ shot that failed to take the lead. “I thought our last 20 minutes plus were excellent, but they managed to eke it out. Give them the credit.”

The Eagles were led in scoring by Tyrone Walker who had 25 points on 9 of 11 shooting.

From the beginning, Winthrop (3-5) jumped on the Tigers with hot 3-point shooting, to open a 20-10 lead. Clemson (7-4) seemed to right the ship with 6 straight points cutting the lead to 4.Winthrop, however, went on a 17-4 run, aided by outside shooting, to open their largest lead of the game at 37-20.

Helped by back to back McKnight three point field goals, Clemson managed to cut the Eagle lead to 10 at the half.

Jamar McKnight led the Tigers in scoring for the second straight game with 20 points. The only other Tiger in double figures was Chris Hobbs with 12.

The Tigers shot an anemic 5 for 29 (17%) from three, while Winthrop shot 9 for 18 (50%). Clemson’s Tony Stockman was 0 for 9 on threes.


BOX SCORE


Winthrop (3-5) 39 27 66
Clemson (7-4) 29 32 61

Winthrop
PLAYER MIN FGM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST PF PTS
Lewis 36 3-17 3-4 4 15 1 2 11
Walker 36 9-11 4-6 2 5 2 2 25
Bailey 14 0-2 0-0 1 3 1 3 0
Knox 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 0
Wooten 28 1-5 3-4 0 5 5 3 5
Harris 34 7-13 0-0 0 0 2 1 17
Jenkins 12 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 3
Hemphill 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Moore 8 1-1 1-2 0 3 0 1 3
Leventis 25 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 3 2
Totals 200 23-57 11-16 8 32 14 17 66
.440 .688
TEAM REBS: 7
TURNOVERS: 13 (Wooten 4, Jenkins 3, Bailey 2, Lewis 2, Walker)
BLOCKED SHOTS: 2 (Walker 2)
STEALS: 5 (Walker 2, Leventis, Lewis, Wooten)
3-PT FGS: 9-18, .500 (Lewis 2-3, Walker 3-4, Knox 0-1, Wooten 0-1, Harris 3-8, Jenkins 1-1)

Clemson
PLAYER MIN FGM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST PF PTS
Mcknight 34 8-16 0-1 3 6 1 2 20
Hobbs 28 4-8 4-4 0 5 0 4 12
R Henderson 26 3-7 3-4 5 12 0 0 9
Stockman 23 1-12 0-0 1 1 5 2 2
Scott 35 3-12 0-0 1 5 4 2 7
Nagys 14 1-2 0-0 0 3 0 1 2
Ford 13 3-5 0-1 3 5 0 1 6
Christie 8 0-2 1-2 1 4 1 1 1
Clifton 19 1-3 0-0 0 0 3 1 2
Totals 200 24-67 8-12 14 41 14 14 61
.358 .667
TEAM REBS: 2
TURNOVERS: 10 (Hobbs 2, Scott 2, Stockman 2, Christie, Ford, Nagys, R Henderson)
BLOCKED SHOTS: 5 (Mcknight, Hobbs, R Henderson, Nagys, Ford)
STEALS: 6 (Hobbs 2, Ford, Mcknight, Scott, Stockman)
3-PT FGS: 5-29, .172 (Mcknight 4-10, Stockman 0-9, Scott 1-7, Nagys 0-1, Christie 0-2)

Technicals: None
Attendance: 7,600

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