Fueled by a 21-0 run and 16 first half points from Jaron Blossomgame, the Clemson basketball team cruised to a 74-40 victory over the Eagles of North Carolina Central.
Blossomgame finished the game with 18 points, as he was able to sit for most of the second half with the second game of the season just two days away. He also added 2 blocks, 4 rebounds, and was perfect from the charity stripe.
After a slow shooting start, the Tigers showed evidence of the work they’ve been putting in this fall with trying to shoot the basketball at a better rate. Led by Donte Grantham, Clemson nailed eight 3-point shots and shot an impressive 20-23 from the foul line.
The Tigers led 14-9 early in the first half before going on an extended 21-0 that swelled the lead to 26 points. Clemson held NC Central to just 30% shooting from the field. Dajuan Graf led the Eagles with 11 points.
Clemson returns to action against Texas-San Antonio on Sunday at 2pm in Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville.
*3-Minute Man – Gabe Devoe came alive late and scored all 9 of his points in the final 3:16 of the game, including two long range bombs.
*Attendance – It was a solid crowd of Clemson fans for the first regular season game in The Well. A sequence of 3 blocks plus a transition lay-up on the other end by Blossomgame really made the crowd come alive and making a difference in tonight’s game. Not being familiar with the arena makes it difficult to accurately judge the attendance, but it was definitely a pleasing turnout.
Editor’s Note: Attendance was listed at 5,742 on ClemsonTigers.com