Clemson postgame notes vs. Wake Forest

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Clemson defeated Wake Forest 61-53 on Saturday to move to 13-4 overall, 4-1 in the ACC.

It marks Clemson’s best start to open ACC play since the 1996-97 team began with a 5-0 record.

Clemson matched its win total from all of last season with Saturday’s win.

The 61-53 win was Clemson’s fifth straight in the series with Wake Forest, and fourth straight in Littlejohn Coliseum as well.

This is the fourth time Clemson has had a team start the ACC regular season with at least a 4-1 record. The other seasons were 1986-87, 1989-90 and 1996-97.

Saturday’s win was Clemson’s 499th in Littlejohn Coliseum history. The Tigers will have a chance to win game No. 500 inside the facility that opened in 1968 with a victory over Georgia Tech. Clemson’s next opponent is Georgia Tech.

Over the last three games, Clemson’s opponents are just 5-for-27 from the field inside the final five minutes. For the season, opponents are shooting just 4-of-44 (.091) from three-point range in the final five minutes.

Clemson blocked 10 shots Saturday, the third time this season the Tigers have recorded double digit blocks (South Carolina, Temple).

The Tigers made 18-of-21 free throws Saturday. The 85.7 percent figure was Clemson’s best against an ACC team (min. 10 attempts) since the Tigers made 18-of-20 (.900) at Florida State last season.

K.J. McDanielsK.J. McDaniels
Jr. Forward
#32 6-6, 200
Birmingham, AL

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posted his team-leading fourth double-double of the season. He finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

McDaniels’ 12 rebounds Saturday were a career-high. His previous high was 11 earlier this season at Arkansas.

McDaniels blocked four shots Saturday, upping his streak of consecutive games with at least one block to nine in a row.

McDaniels now has 126 career blocked shots, tying him for eighth on Clemson’s all-time list with John “Moose” Campbell.

Jordan RoperJordan Roper
So. Guard
#20 5-11, 165
Columbia, SC

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reached double figures for the seventh time this season and 18th time in his career.

Ibrahim DjamboIbrahim Djambo
Jr. Forward
#42 6-10, 215
Poplar Bluff, MO

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made his first three-pointer since Nov. 29 against Coastal Carolina. The junior forward drained his first attempt from the top of the key.

Djambo finished with multiple threes in a game for the first time this season. He was 0-for-8 since that Coastal Carolina game from long distance.

Landry NnokoLandry Nnoko
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#35 6-10, 245
Montverde, FL

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scored eight and now has 97 points on the season, over three times as many as he had (31) in 2012-13.

Damarcus HarrisonDamarcus Harrison
Jr. Guard
#21 6-4, 200
Greenwood, SC

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made a career-high six free throws Saturday without a miss.

Josh SmithJosh Smith
So. Forward
#33 6-8, 260
Charlotte, NC

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blocked two shots Saturday, matching his career high vs. Stetson to open the 2013-14 season.

Jaron BlossomgameJaron Blossomgame
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#5 6-7, 215
Alpharetta, GA

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took a charge in the second half. He is the first Tiger other than Adonis FilerAdonis Filer
So. Guard
#3 6-2, 190
Chicago, IL

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to take a charge this season.

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