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Navy 65, Clemson 52

CLEMSON – The Clemson women’s basketball team fell to 1-1 on Saturday afternoon with a 65-52 loss at the hands of Navy inside Littlejohn Coliseum. Senior Kobi Thornton’s team-high 18 points were not enough as the Midshipmen bounced back from an 11-point first half deficit to knock off the Tigers.

 Clemson shot 54 percent from the field in the first half while Navy shot just 2-of-16 from three-point range, allowing the Tigers to take a 32-25 lead into the halftime locker room.

 Navy’s poor shooting would not last as they dominated the third quarter, scoring 19 points and holding the Tigers to just eight. With 13 seconds left before the end of the quarter, Navy guard Jennifer Coleman forced a turnover and drove straight to the rim forcing a foul while getting the shot to sink. The made free throw pushed the Mids’ lead to 44-40 and they would not look back.

 Consecutive fourth-quarter three pointers pushed Navy’s lead to 54-44. All efforts by Clemson to start a comeback were thwarted by a stingy Midshipmen defense, and when Coleman hit a dagger three pointer with just over a minute to go, the game was seemingly put to rest.

 Next up: Tigers face Alabama at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Littlejohn Coliseum. The matchup will air on ACC Network Extra.

SC State (women) 81, Charleston Southern 75

Claflin 94, Kutztown 77

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Letrell West scored a game-high 33 points as the Claflin University Panthers defeated Kutztown University, 94-77, in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)/Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Challenge on Saturday.

 Claflin wrapped up the early season classic, played on the campus of West Chester University (Pa.), with a 1-1 record.

 West, the Panthers sophomore guard, scored 21 of his 33 points in the first half. He finished the game shooting 11-of-15 (73.3 %) from the field including four three-pointers.

 Two other Claflin players scored in double-figures, as Brandon Davis and Romero Hill finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively.  Hill and Noah Jenkins, who added eight points, dished out four assists each, while Cornellius Reynolds pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

 Tarojae Brake and Wesley Butler were the top scorers for Kutztown with 15 points each.  Kyree Generett scored 10 points and Akello Mosby pulled in 10 rebounds for the Golden Bears in the loss.

 The Panthers finished the game shooting 58.9 percent (33-of-56) from the floor with eight three-pointers, while Kutztown shot 37.9 percent (22-of-58) and had nine three-point baskets.

 Claflin set the tone for the contest early by racing out to a 16-4 lead by the 16:39 mark of the first half. West scored 14 of the Panthers 16 points during the run.

 The Panthers maintained the double-digit cushion over the next two minutes, pushing its lead to 21-6 off a Hill a three-pointer at the 14:48 mark.

 Later in the half, Jenkins provided Claflin with a 20-point lead, scoring on a layup off from an assist from Reynolds with 5:52 left in the period. The Panthers outscored the Golden Bears 22-17 in building the lead.

 Claflin increased the lead to 54-29 at the half.

 The Panthers finished the opening half shooting a sizzling 67.7 percent (23-for-34) from the floor with six three-point baskets.

 In the second half, the two teams played on even terms over the first 10 minutes, scoring 21 points apiece.  The Panthers owned a 75-50 lead at the midway point of the final stanza.

 Kutztown outscored Claflin 27-19 in the final 10 minutes.

 Claflin will return to play Wednesday at home against Augusta University of the Peach Belt Conference. The Jaguars are ranked 11th in the D2SIDA Men’s Basketball Preseason National Poll. Tip-off is 6 p.m. at the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Center (Tullis Arena).

The Panthers will entertain Fisk University for homecoming on Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m.

Denmark Tech 109, New Rock Prep 82

Denmark Tech (1-2) defeated New Rock Prep 109-82. Leading DTC was Spencer Grant with 25 points, Eric Gore had 21, Nigel Lawson 14, Keiman Dillion added 10.

 DTC will play at the 7th Annual AppleBee’s Okefenokee Classic at SGSC versus South Georgia State College (Waycross Campus) on Friday at 8 p.m.

Sunday games

South Carolina at Wyoming, noon SECN

South Carolina (W) at Maryland, 3 p.m. ESPN

Colgate at Clemson, 3 p.m. ACCNX

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