Tigers wrangle Rattlers in tune-up for CCU rematch

Clemson put together a 16-2 run coming out of the halftime break and pulled away to an easy 80-57 victory over Florida A&M on Saturday at Littlejohn Coliseum.

The Tigers, coming off a week off due to final exams, improved to 6-3 on the season. The loss dropped the Rattlers to 4-7 overall and 0-6 on the road.

Jordan Roper, a freshman guard out of Columbia, led the Tigers in scoring in his first career start. He posted a season-best 16 points, a high in 2012-13 for any Clemson newcomer. Roper buried 5-of-8 field goals overall, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. He also added three steals.

Three other players reached double figures for Brad Brownell’s team: Adonis Filer (14), Devin Booker (12) and K.J. McDaniels (11). Starting point guard Rod Hall collected a career-high 10 assists, while senior Milton Jennings added a season-best 11 rebounds in just 27 minutes.

The Tigers shot 52.6 percent from the field on their way to a season-high 80 points. Clemson made 30 of 57 field goals, including 5-of-17 from long range. Clemson shot 15-of-22 at the charity stripe and enjoyed a +17 advantage on the boards. Conversely, FAMU shot just 31.8 percent overall and was outscored in points off turnovers by Clemson by a 22-10 margin.

Clemson led 41-31 at the break, despite 19 points in the opening half from FAMU guard Reggie Lewis. He finished the game with 26 points and made 6-of-8 from three-point range.

The Tigers return to action Wednesday at Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers won last year’s game in Clemson, 60-59, on a tip-in as time expired. The game is set for 7 p.m. at the HTC Center in Conway. Tickets are still available at www.goccusports.com

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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