At this point, we'll take a road win any way we can get it, no matter how ugly. And it was ugly.
Once again we fell behind big early. Usually that is a recipe for disaster, especially on the road. But this team showed heart by fighting back. We locked down defensively, turning an early 12 point deficit into an 8 point halftime lead. This despite turning the ball over like crazy and attempting 9 less shots from the field than GT as a result. Clemson never trailed in the second half, keeping GT at an arms length throughout. Clutch free throw shooting helped ice the game.
I'll start with the good numbers. Clemson shot 57% from the field, including 7-14 from behind the arc. We also knocked down 8 out of our last 9 foul shots and finished the game at 73%. Jerai Grant was a perfect 8-8 from the line, and finished the game with 20 points and 7 boards. One could say that we forced 18 turnovers, but a lot of that falls on GT as well. As far as numbers go, that's pretty much it for the good stuff.
Now for the ugly.
We turned the ball over on 31% of our possessions.
- Milton Jennings had 3 turnovers in 9 minutes of action
- Zavier Anderson had 3 turnovers in 7 minutes of action
- Demontez Stitt and Grant had 5 turnovers each