U.L.L. came into this game averaging 89 points a game. Clemson came into this game only allowing 62 points a game. Something had to give, and in this case, it was the U.L.L. offense, as the Tigers defense poured milk on the usually spicy Ragin’ Cajun offense.
Clemson came out strong, seized the lead in the 1st half, and never let up, taking a comfortable 43-28 lead into the half.
U.L.L. tried to make it interesting in the second half, putting together a run to pull the lead within 12, but the veteran Clemson team responded with an 11-0 run of their own, and never looked back. Holding U.L.L. without a field goal during the last 8 or so minutes of the game.
When Clemson brings their defense, they are an extremely dangerous team, because this team has scoring options at every position. The Tigers are cruising into Christmas on a 7 game win streak that includes wins over Ohio State, Florida and South Carolina. In fact, not only is Clemson winning, they are leaving little doubt, with only 2 out of the 7 wins coming by less than 7 points.
Get excited folks, this looks sustainable.
Player of the Game:
This was a tough call, because Donte Grantham put up an incredibly efficient 17/10 performance, but I’m giving the nod to the big man in the middle.
Clemson needed to control the paint on defense, and Thomas dominated with 4 blocks, and numerous altered shots. He also added 15 points on 6/11 shooting and pulled down 5 boards. For Clemson to go from being a good team, to a top 15/20 team, Thomas needs to bring it every game. He brought it this after noon.
Note: Former Gamecock Marcus Stroman scored 16 points for U.L.L....which is 4 more than any current Gamecock scored on Clemson this year.
Next Up: Clemson gets 7 day break, before kicking off conference play against in Littlejohn vs Nc. State on 12/30.