Clemson cruises to easy win in rare road trip to Furman

Clemson used a 16-1 spurt in the opening half to pull away in a 72-55 road victory over Furman on Friday.

The Tigers improved to 2-0 in what was Clemson’s 29th consecutive win in the series over the Paladins. It was Clemson’s first game ever played in Timmons Arena, which opened in 1998. Furman fell to 1-2 with the loss.

Devin Booker led the Tigers with 15 points, despite playing only 23 minutes due to first-half foul trouble. K.J. McDaniels added 11 and went 7-of-8 from the free throw line. In all, nine players scored for the Tigers. Damarcus Harrison scored eight of his 10 points in the second half. Clemson’s starting point guard Rod Hall was efficient with nine points and six assists, with no turnovers in 28 minutes.

Stephen Croone led Furman with 15 points, while Bryant Irwin added 14 and Colin Reddick 13. Reddick got loose inside for several quick baskets in the first half, but he did not score a field goal in the final 23 minutes of the game as Clemson tightened defensively.

Clemson shot 28-of-57 for the contest, 49 percent overall. The Tigers made 14-of-20 free throws for a 70 percent mark as well. Clemson out-rebounded the smaller Paladins, 31-24, and committed just eight turnovers. Furman had 16 giveaways, which led to a 29-5 advantage in points off turnovers for Clemson. The Tigers also outscored the Paladins’ bench by a 28-4 margin.

Furman hung tough early, with Reddick getting open underneath for a pair of dunks. Furman tied the game at 12 apiece on a third Reddick basket, but Clemson responded with a 16-1 run that included six free throws in six tries by McDaniels. A free throw by Furman’s Bryant Irwin briefly stopped the run, but Clemson came right back on the other end with a driving layup by Bernard Sullivan and hook shot by Landry Nnoko.

Stephen Croone hit a floater in the paint with 4:42 left in the first half, Furman’s first field goal in a span of over seven minutes. Clemson’s lead extended to 19 at 35-16 on a driving layup and free throw from Filer. Furman pulled to within 15 on a pair of Irwin free throws to make it 39-24, but Sullivan scored on a follow after a Filer miss in the final seconds to push the lead to 17 at intermission.

McDaniels brought the Tiger crowd to its feet early in the second half with a spectacular left-handed follow dunk that made the lead 46-27. He followed minutes later with a slam off a fastbreak assist from Hall. The Paladins cut the lead to 55-37 after a 7-4 run, but Harrison found freshman center Nnoko inside for a dunk on the other end to push the lead back to 20 with 11:23 left.

Clemson’s senior combination of Milton Jennings and Booker connected on a pass into the paint for a layup that gave the Tigers a 64-41 advantage. One possession later for the Tigers, Booker took a lob pass from Hall and emphatically slammed home the alley-oop. Furman actually tied Clemson in the second half, 31-31, but the lead never got any closer than the final margin of 17 points.

The Tigers return to action next week as part of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, FL. The eight-team tournament will be held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. The Tigers will be guaranteed games on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Clemson will take on No. 19 ranked Gonzaga at 9 p.m. Thursday. The game will be televised by ESPN2.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

Comments

comments

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road races

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road racesSixteen-year-old Rory Legg-Bell of Hillsborough, NC, was the first to [more]

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th point

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th pointDemario Beck scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds in [more]

Girls Hoops: CF rips net, Braves in Sand & Hoops

Girls Hoops: CF rips net, Braves in Sand & HoopsThe girls high school basketball season is only beginning, yet [more]

Saints step up to capture Bulldog Shootout crown

Saints step up to capture Bulldog Shootout crownThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team not [more]

Hoops: CF, Socastee, SJ win tournament openers

Hoops: CF, Socastee, SJ win tournament openersThe Carolina Forest High girls basketball team needed a little [more]

Coastal upsets Clemson, marches on to Sweet 16

Coastal upsets Clemson, marches on to Sweet 16Martin Melchor scored two goals and had an assist while [more]

Beach United teams close fall season in Wilmington

Beach United teams close fall season in WilmingtonThe Beach United Football Club saw eight teams close out [more]

CAC swimmers dominate podium at regional meet

CAC swimmers dominate podium at regional meetPalmetto Aquatics (PALM) hosted the 2017 Thanksgiving Invite Meet on [more]

Coastal repeats as SBC champ, awaits NCAA foe

Coastal repeats as SBC champ, awaits NCAA foeThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team defeated #2 Texas State in [more]

Local hoops season tips off with two girls tourneys

Local hoops season tips off with two girls tourneysWinter might still be a month away, but the high [more]

Gamecocks net fifth place in Puerto Rico Tip-Off

Gamecocks net fifth place in Puerto Rico Tip-OffSouth Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin claimed his 100th [more]

Cuthbertson's career-high 31 points lead Chants' win

Cuthbertson's career-high 31 points lead Chants' winZac Cuthbertson torched the nets for 31 points in leading [more]

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt win

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt winIdaho scored on the opening possession of the game but [more]

Saints open season with wins, reach tourney final

Saints open season with wins, reach tourney finalThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team opened [more]

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCW

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCWZac Cuthbertson scored a game-high 23 points and had another [more]

Lady Chants spike Wolves, reach Sun Belt title game

Lady Chants spike Wolves, reach Sun Belt title gameThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team is making its second straight [more]

Chiefs stumble at Stags, suffer first loss of season

Chiefs stumble at Stags, suffer first loss of season North Myrtle Beach's record-setting season came to an end Friday [more]

Chants land in Bahamas with hot hand for hoops

Chants land in Bahamas with hot hand for hoopsFour players reached double digits for Coastal Carolina in the [more]

Gamecocks bounce back, blow out UTEP in Conway

Gamecocks bounce back, blow out UTEP in ConwaySouth Carolina's debut in the Puerto Rico Classic at the [more]

Beach Ball Classic lineup has big names, top teams

Beach Ball Classic lineup has big names, top teamsThe 2017 Beach Ball Classic announced its schedule for the [more]

Coastal shuts out Mercer, advances to face Clemson

Coastal shuts out Mercer, advances to face ClemsonFrantzdy Pierrot teamed up with Martin Melchor to give the [more]

Chants go west in quest for first Sun Belt victory

Chants go west in quest for first Sun Belt victoryThe Coastal Carolina football team (1-9, 0-6 Sun Belt) will [more]

Redbirds top Gamecocks in opener of PR Tip-Off

Redbirds top Gamecocks in opener of PR Tip-OffThe South Carolina men's basketball team has home court of [more]

CCU men, women suffer narrow six-point losses

CCU men, women suffer narrow six-point lossesJaylen Shaw scored 17 points, but it was not enough [more]

CCU nets honors, enters SBC tourney as top seed

CCU nets honors, enters SBC tourney as top seedThe Sun Belt Conference announced its final weekly volleyball awards [more]

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road races

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road racesSixteen-year-old Rory Legg-Bell of Hillsborough, NC, was the first to [more]

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th point

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th pointDemario Beck scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds in [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach