Clemson Preview Capsule
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson
Last season: 25-10, reached first Sweet 16 since 1997.
Coach: Brad Brownell.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: Shooting guard Gabe DeVoe, forwards Donte Grantham, forward Mark Donnal.
No. 11 Clemson likely without guard Mitchell for No. 12 Duke
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson point guard Shelton Mitchell is doubtful with a concussion for the 11th-ranked Tigers game with No.12 Duke, further impacting a roster that has already stretched thin due to injuries.
The surprising Tigers (20-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), picked 13th in the 15-team league before the season, are in second place in the league standings largely because of an experienced lineup that has excelled at shutting out distractions on and off the court.
DeVoe leads No. 16 Clemson to 72-48 win over Pitt
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Gabe DeVoe wants the ball if he is open. Especially these days.
DeVoe matched his career high with 25 points, helping No. 16 Clemson beat Pittsburgh 72-48 on Thursday night.
DeVoe was 7 for 11 from 3-point range. The senior is shooting 65 percent (22 of 34) from behind the arc during the Tigers' four-game win streak.
"I feel no pressure. I'm shooting without a conscious," he said.
Clemson’s Grantham out for season with torn ACL
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson forward Donte Grantham will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The 20th-ranked Tigers are trying for their first NCAA Tournament berth in seven years, but the loss of Grantham is a major blow. The 6-foot-8 senior was second on the team with 14.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
DeVoe leads No. 20 Clemson to 67-58 win over Irish
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Mike Brey believes his program had been perfect against Clemson because during the crucial stretches, it was the Fighting Irish who made the biggest plays.
"Tonight, they made plays," Brey said after No. 20 Clemson beat Notre Dame for the first time, 67-58 on Saturday.
Grantham leads No. 19 Tigers to 72-63 win over No. 18 Canes
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Brad Brownell had a simple plan at the only practice before facing No. 18 Miami — don't shoot at all.
"We didn't shoot one free throw. We didn't shoot one shot," Brownell explained. "We didn't do anything."
Turns out, it was just what the 19th-ranked Tigers needed to outlast the Hurricanes 72-63 on Saturday.
Grantham’ 23 points, 14 boards helps No. 25 Clemson beat BC
BOSTON (AP) — Clemson came onto the court with a national ranking for the first time in nearly eight years and completely controlled Boston College in the opening half.
In the second, they made just enough plays to hold off the Eagles.
Donte Grantham scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Marcquise Reed hit two key free throws to help No. 25 Clemson beat Boston College 74-70 on Wednesday night.
Clemson shuts down Rajin’ Cajuns for 7th straight win, 89-60
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's defensive resurgence continued Friday as the Tigers put the clamps on high-scoring Louisiana in an 89-60 victory at Littlejohn Coliseum.
"Our defense was really good in a lot of ways, challenged most shots," Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. "We rebounded it well against a good rebounding team and kept them out of transition."
Grantham, Mitchell lift Clemson over Samford 81-59
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Donte Grantham scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half to lead the Tigers to an 81-59 victory over Samford on Saturday.
All five of Clemson's starters scored in double figures. Shelton Mitchell also had 20 points, Gabe DeVoe scored 14 and Marcquise Reed and Elijah Thomas added 13 and 11, respectively.
Reed scores 19, Clemson cruises past Asheville 83-57
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Coming off its best win of the season at Ohio State, Clemson avoided any let down with a dominant performance Sunday.
Marcquise Reed drilled five 3-pointers and scored 19 points to help the Tigers knock off UNC Asheville 83-52.
Clemson beats Texas Southern 84-77 behind Thomas, DeVoe
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Elijah Thomas reached career-highs with 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead Clemson to an 84-77 victory over Texas Southern on Friday.
Thomas, who recorded his second double-double of the year, made 10 of 11 field goals, the most of the junior center's career.
Senior Clemson guard Gabe DeVoe scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting and made all five of his 3-pointers, all career-highs.
Grantham’s 22 leads Clemson to 78-59 victory over Hofstra
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson always feels at home at the Charleston Classic. The Tigers proved that again in reaching the tournament finals for a third time Friday night.
Donte Grantham tied his career high with 22 points and Marcquise Reed added 16 points and a career-best nine 11 rebounds in 78-59 victory over Hofstra on Friday night.
Clemson rolls past Hofstra, 78-59; will face Temple in Charleston Classic final on Sunday
Donte Grantham scored 22 points and Marcquise Reed added 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead four Clemson players in double figures as the Tigers rolled past Hofstra, 78-59, Friday night in the semifinals of the Charleston Classic at TD Arena.
The Tigers (4-0) will face Temple, an 88-74 winner over Auburn in their semifinal match-up, Sunday night in the championship game beginning at 9:30 p.m.
Elijah Thomas has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his short career at Clemson.
The 6-9 junior forward has proven to the Tigers coaching staff that he’s capable of playing at an elite level when he’s engaged and focused on the task at hand.
There was little doubt that Thomas was ‘all in’ during the Tigers game Thursday afternoon against Ohio.
Donte, DeVoe lead Clemson past NC A&T 87-63
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Donte Grantham and Gabe DeVoe each recorded their first double-doubles of the season for Clemson, and the Tigers got off to a 2-0 start with an 87-63 victory over North Carolina A&T on Sunday.
The Tigers dominated inside, scoring 48 of their points in the paint, including several easy dunks. They also recorded 21 assists and 45 rebounds.
Grantham leads Clemson to easy victory over Western Carolina
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Donte Grantham scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Clemson to an 85-57 victory over Western Carolina in both teams' season opener Friday night.
"It's really kind of the way you want an opening game to go," Clemson head coach Brad Brownell said. "We had to work a little bit in the first 10 minutes and make a few plays, but I thought the mid part of the first half we did some good things defending the 3, attacking the basket, got to the free-throw line."
CLEMSON, S.C. — An explosive 28-6 run carrying over from the end of the first half to the beginning of the second half elevated Clemson University men’s basketball over Augusta University by a final score of 80-56 on Thursday night in Littlejohn Coliseum.
It took time for the Tigers to find their rhythm, but once they did, they did not look back. Senior forward Donte Grantham led all scorers with 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field, while also chipping in eight rebounds.
Clemson moving on without all-ACC performer Blossomgame
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Jaron Blossomgame cast a large shadow on the Clemson basketball program the past couple of seasons, one coach Brad Brownell hopes his upperclassmen eclipse this season.
The Tigers were heavily reliant on all-Atlantic Coast Conference performer Blossomgame in recent seasons. The 6-foot-6 forward led the team in points, blocked shots and focus from defenders throughout the league.
Clemson Preview Capsule
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson
Last season: 17-16, sixth straight season without an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Coach: Brad Brownell.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: G Jaron Blossomgame (senior), G Avry Holmes (senior), F-C Sidy Djitte (senior).
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Martez Walker and Sherron Dorsey-Walker combined to score 35 of their 44 points in the second half as Oakland overcame a 20-point deficit to beat Clemson 74-69 on Tuesday night in the opening round of the NIT.
Clemson’s game-finishing run stuns Wake Forest 73-68
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Clemson kept hanging around and staying within arm's reach of Wake Forest, even as Tigers coach Brad Brownell said the game-long deficit "felt like it was worse than it was."
Turns out, the Tigers had one good run in them after struggling to put one together most of Saturday.
Marcquise Reed scored 21 points and Clemson ended the game on a 15-0 run, erasing a 10-point deficit in the final 5 minutes to beat Wake Forest 73-68 in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
Blossomgame scores 29 as Clemson tops SC State 93-65
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Jaron Blossomgame scored a season-high 29 points to Clemson to a 93-65 victory over S.C. State on Tuesday to increase the Tigers' win streak to five games.
The Tigers (7-2) shook off a sluggish first half and a defensive effort that wasn't up to coach Brad Brownell's standard to outscore the Bulldogs by 29 points in the second half.
Grantham’s 19 lead Clemson to 90-47 win
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Donte Grantham knows too well Clemson's bad reputation for early season stumbles. He's glad he and his teammates are getting the chance to quash that with their strong play.
The Tigers (6-2) did it again Saturday, blowing past Mercer 90-47 to win their fourth straight and second in a row by 40 points or more.
Clemson holds off Nebraska 60-58
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Brad Brownell was pleased his team finally did well in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. He was also happy to beef up the Tigers early season resume for when decisions are made in March.
Jaron Blossomgame scored 15 points, Donte Grantham had a tiebreaking free throw and the Tigers held on despite a wild final stretch for a 60-58 win over Nebraska on Wednesday night.
Blossomgame scores 27, Clemson beats High Point 83-74
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Jaron Blossomgame scored a season-high 27 points, four other Clemson players scored in double figures and the Tigers held off High Point 83-74 on Friday night.
Donte Grantham and Avry Holmes added 13 points each to help Clemson (3-2) end a two-game losing skid.
"A little harder fought win than we would've liked down the stretch," Clemson coach Brad Brownell said, "but I thought our guys played with really good offensive confidence."
Clemson rolls into Tire Pros semifinals, tops Davidson 95-78
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Clemson enjoyed every bit of its highest-scoring game in seven years.
Avry Holmes scored 22 points, Jaron Blossomgame added 17 and Clemson defeated Davidson 95-78 on Thursday in the opening game of the Tire Pros Invitational.
It was Clemson's best point total since scoring 102 against Winthrop on Nov. 23, 2009. Gabe DeVoe added 16 for the Tigers (2-0), who shot 52 percent.