Clemson outscored the Blue Hose 33-15 in the second half to pull away from the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team, 69-41, in action Tuesday evening at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C. PC trailed by just 10 at the half after scoring the final four points.
The Blue Hose drop to 4-6 overall, while the Tigers improve to 7-3. PC next hosts Piedmont Saturday, Dec. 19, with tip-off slated for 2 p.m.
Clemson opened the game with five straight before PC used an 11-3 run, with nine coming from DeSean Murray, to take an 11-8 lead, with 14:17 to go.
Clemson responded with eight unanswered and led, 16-11, just over 11 to play in the first. PC cut the lead back to three off a Markus Terry miss that was called a basket off a Clemson goaltending call, but that was as close as the Blue Hose would get with the Tiger offense recording the game’s next 13 of 17 points, and PC hitting just two of their 13 shots, to build on of their largest leads of the half, 29-17, 3:15 on the clock.
Clemson extended the lead to 14 off a Gabe DeVoe three-pointer at the 2:16 mark, before Ed Drew, with his first points of the game, hit a three with 2:01 on the clock to cut the margin to 11, 32-21.
Both teams traded points the final couple of minutes with Janeil Jenkins making things interesting, hitting back to back baskets, including a fast break lay-up as time expired, to make it a 10-point game, 36-26, at the break.
Clemson quickly extended its 10-point halftime lead with eight straight the opening three and a half minutes to build an 18-point, 44-26 lead. Murray, John Majors and Jenkins hit baskets over the next two minutes to cut the margin to 14, 46-32, 15:13 to go.
Eight unanswered by the Tigers the next two minutes gave the home team its first 20-point lead, 54-32, 13:21 remaining. Clemson extended it to a 14-0 run, as PC suffered through an almost six minute scoring drought, to take a 60-32 lead, 8:50 on the clock.
PC cut the margin to the mid 20s a couple of times down the stretch but it was the Tigers that came out on top at the end, 69-41.
Leading PC was Murray with 15 points, followed by Drew with seven. Sidy Djitte and Avry Holmes paced Clemson with 12 apiece, with DeVoe behind with 11. Murray paced the Blue Hose on the boards with eight, while Djite had 13 for the Tigers for the double-double.
The Blue Hose shot 28% for the game, with the Tigers hitting 42%. The Tigers were five-of-23 from beyond the arc, with PC one-for-10. In the free throw column, Clemson connected on 16-of-21, PC eight-of-17. Clemson had four more turnovers, 16-12, and held the rebound advantage, 51-30, despite PC holding the rebound edge 21-20 at the half.