Clemson vs. Duke game notes

2014-01-11T18:20:00Z 2014-01-11T18:22:38Z Clemson vs. Duke game notesClemson Sports Information The Times and Democrat
January 11, 2014 6:20 pm  • 

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• Clemson defeated No. 13 Duke by a score of 72-59 on Saturday to move to 11-4 overall and 2-1 in the ACC.

• The win was Clemson’s first over the Blue Devils since 2008-09, when the Tigers knocked off a fourth-ranked Duke team 74-47 in Littlejohn Coliseum.

• Clemson’s win Saturday was its first over a ranked opponent since the Tigers defeated No. 22 Virginia 60-48 on Feb. 14, 2012. The Tigers had lost their seven games against nationally-ranked teams.

• With the win, Clemson earned its 18th win over Duke in Littlejohn Coliseum. The Blue Devils still lead the series in the arena, 23-18.

• Saturday’s win was the first for Head Coach Brad Brownell over a Duke or North Carolina team. Clemson’s fourth-year mentor was 0-10 against the two powerhouses prior to Saturday.

• Clemson surpassed its first half point total from the previous game (16) in the first 10 minutes Saturday.

• The Tiger defense held Duke to 59 points, a season-low for the high-scoring Blue Devils who averaged 84.3 per game entering Saturday.

• Duke shot 32 percent (8-for-25) from three, its lowest accuracy figure from behind the arc since a Nov. 29 game against current No. 1 ranked Arizona.

• Clemson’s +18 rebound margin (48-30) was its second-highest in 111 games under Brownell. The biggest was +19 over Coastal Carolina earlier this season.

• Saturday’s win was Clemson’s 498th as a program in Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers are 498-184 in the facility that opened in 1968.

• With Saturday’s performance, Clemson has now overcome a pair of halftime deficits this season. The Tigers trailed by six at the half, 37-31.

• Clemson overcame a 10-point deficit Saturday. It was the third time this season the Tigers were down by double figures but found a way to win (Temple, SC State). The Tigers last overcame three double digit deficits in the same season in 2010-11, Brownell’s first season at Clemson.

• The Tigers scored over 70 points Saturday, the seventh time this season with 70 or more. Clemson only had six 70+ games all of last season (31 games).

• One game after being outscored 44-16 in the paint by Florida State, Clemson reversed the trend and beat Duke 38-20 by the same measure Saturday.

INDIVIDUAL

• K.J. McDaniels scored a game-high 24 points Saturday, his seventh game of at least 20 points this season.

• McDaniels added 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

• Landry Nnoko also recorded his third double-double of the season, with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Nnoko’s 10 were a career-high against an ACC opponent.

• Nnoko matched his career-high with six offensive rebounds Saturday.

• Jaron Blossomgame tallied his first career double-double. The red-shirt freshman posted 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

• It surpassed his previous scoring high of nine points vs. UMass on Nov. 24.

• Blossomgame’s previous rebound high was nine earlier this season against Davidson on Nov. 22.

• Blossomgame played 35 minutes against Duke, besting his previous high of 31 earlier this season at Auburn.

• Rod Hall posted 11 points, all in the second half, to record his 10th double digit scoring effort of the season. He entered 2013-14 with just four such efforts in 62 career games.

• Hall had four assists and one turnover in 37 minutes and now has a 32-to-5 assist-to-turnover ratio at home this season.

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