Tigers rout Italy All-Stars in game one of Italy Tour


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Game 1: Clemson 80, Italy All-Stars 45

The Tigers shrugged off a difficult start, adjusting to both the FIBA rules and officiating as well as the fatigue of overseas travel and two lengthy walking tours in the 33 hours prior to Saturday's 7:00 start. Ironically enough, it was walk-on Carson Fields who seemed to jump-start the Tigers with a three from the right wing. He played well, finishing with five points and a blocked shot in 10 minutes.

The highlight play of the game was provided by sophomore Jordan Roper, who followed a teammate's missed shot in the third quarter with an emphatic tomahawk jam while being fouled. In both a great show of sportsmanship and a light-hearted moment, the Italian player guilty of the foul actually high-fived Roper before he shot his free throw.

Roper led the Tigers with 21 points, including 19 in the second half. Devin Coleman, playing his first game against an actual opponent since March of his freshman season in 2011-12, made 5-of-9 field goals and totaled 13 points. Josh Smith led the board attack with 14 rebounds, while classmate Landry Nnoko added 10.

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