Clemson picked up a good win over a quality opponent, winning at College of Charleston 66-59. Clemson trailed by 3 at the half. After C of C picked up the first two buckets of the second half, Brownell called a 30 second timeout. Whatever he said during that timeout must've gotten through to his guys. Clemson came out and scored the next 8 points to take a 34-33 lead, and never trailed after that. Clemson's final victory margin of 7 was their largest lead of the game. The Tigers showed some growth in closing out their opponent in a close game, as they failed to do so in their ACC opener against FSU.
If you were to tell me that Clemson's best player, Demontez Stitt, would be held to 8 points on 4-11 shooting and C of C's best player, Andrew Goudelock, would score 21 points on 8-15 shooting, I would've guessed Clemson had lost by double digits. But Clemson used a very balance scoring attack, led by Jerai Grant's 15 points. Grant made 2 clutch free throws with 12 seconds left to seal the deal. For the game, Grant was 9-9 from the line and the team was 12-14.
If you look at the stats, the game was very evenly played. Clemson shot 42% from the floor compared to 40% for C of C. Clemson had 10 offensive rebounds compared to 13 for C of C. But the difference in the game was that Clemson didn't give possessions away. Clemson's old arch nemesis, the turnover, only reared it's ugly head a measly 7 times. C of C countered with 14 turnovers. That right there is the difference in the ball game.
This is a good win for Clemson. As I stated in the gamethread preview, C of C was 8-3 coming into this game. Their 3 losses: @ Maryland by 1, Rhode Island by 9, and @ UNC by 5. Not too shabby.
Another thing to help everyone keep perspective, is how the rest of the ACC has been fairing. Here are a few outcomes in the past 2 days
Wake Forest lost at home to Presbyterian 66-64. Wake might be the worst BCS conference team.
UVA beat a 1-8 Norfolk State team by 1 and lost at home to a 4-10 Seattle team.
NC State beat a 4-6 Delaware State team by 2 points on a last second Scott Wood jumper.
Ga Tech lost to a 4-6 Sienna team by 5.
So as disappointed as we may get after Clemson losses, Clemson hasn't suffered a bad loss yet this year. Clemson hasn't even had a near defeat that could've been considered a bad loss. I still believe that this team will continue to improve and has a chance to finish in the top 6 in the ACC this year.
Good win tonight.