COLUMBIA, SC – Clemson improved to 4-1 all-time in Colonial Life Arena as the Tigers locked in defensively in a 64-55 win over South Carolina on Sunday.
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Clemson moved to 5-2 with the win, while South Carolina fell to 5-3 with the loss. The win was Clemson’s first since 2009-10 over South Carolina, and Head Coach Brad Brownell’s first against the Gamecocks as well.
Three players reached double figures for Brownell’s team, led by K.J. McDaniels with 16. He made all seven of his free throw attempts in the second half and added seven rebounds and five blocked shots. Devin Booker added 13 points and eight rebounds, capping a good week for the 6-foot-8 senior. He added three steals and a pair of blocks. Rod Hall scored 15 for the Tigers and made 9-of-12 at the free throw line to salt the game away late.
South Carolina, who was led by Brenton Williams’ 16 points, shot just 34.6 percent for the game and committed 19 turnovers.
The Tigers had 10 steals and eight blocked shots in the win and helped limit USC to 27 percent shooting from three-point range as well.
The Tigers return to action on Saturday, Dec. 8 to take on a top-10 Arizona team. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM from Littlejohn Coliseum.
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