Claflin men head to
play at USC-Aiken
The Claflin University men’s basketball team will hit the road Wednesday to play in Aiken against the Pacers of USC-Aiken.
Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the USC-Aiken Convocation Center.
Claflin, 2-5, is coming off a 60-53 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) win over Winston-Salem State on Monday (Dec. 2).
USC-Aiken also enters the contest with a 2-5 record. The Pacers, who have not seen action since the Monday before Thanksgiving, defeated Paine 84-65 in their last outing.
Claflin, averaging 68.4 points and 30.3 rebounds, is led by Letrell West at 12.6 points per game. In all, the Panthers have three players averaging double figures, as Brandon Davis and Cornellius Reynolds are averaging 11.1 and 10.8, respectively. Reynolds is the top rebounder for Claflin, pulling in 6.8 boards per outing.
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Defensively, Claflin is allowing 70.6 points and 38 rebounds while USC-Aiken is giving up 84.1 points and 45.4 rebounds per game.
The Panthers will play their third game in five days on Friday, when they host Savannah State in a non-conference game. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Tullis Arena on the Claflin campus.
Clemson men fall
78-60 at Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS – As part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the Clemson University men's basketball team took on the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Williams Arena on Monday. Four different Tigers scored in double figures, but, in the end, the Golden Gophers came away with a 78-60 win.
Clemson's bench showed out on the evening, tallying 28 total points. The Tigers (5-3) were 23-of-50 from the floor for a shooting percentage of 46.0 percent However, Minnesota (4-4) shot 53.8 percent and knocked down eight 3-pointers. Clemson racked up 36 points in the paint, but the Golden Gophers' 16 points off turnovers proved to be crucial.
"We were just on our heels offensively," Clemson head coach Brad Brownell said. "Maybe it was 'first road game jitters.' It took us a long time to get a comfortable feeling in the game.
"We didn't get many kick-out threes. We weren't able to get in transition with the way they were playing."
Down low for the Tigers, Aamir Simms recorded 11 points and six rebounds, with nine of those points and five of those boards coming in the first half. Hunter Tyson provided Clemson with a lift off the bench via his two treys. Tyson was Clemson's leading scorer with 12 points to go along with his five rebounds. Also of note, Khavon Moore and Curran Scott scored 10 points apiece for the Tigers, and Moore hauled in six rebounds, as well. Minnesota's Marcus Carr sparked the Golden Gophers with 24 points, nine assists and five boards.
Next up for the Tigers is their second ACC battle of the season. Clemson will remain on the road for a contest at Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla., where the Tigers will match up against the Florida State Seminoles (7-1) on Sunday. The conference duel will tip off at 2 p.m. on ACC Network.