Tigers beat Seton Hall
Tanner Smith
CUTigers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2010


Clemson finishes the Paradise Jam at 2-1 after turning back the Pirates in overtime.

BOX SCORE: Clemson 64 Seton Hall 58

Tanner Smith made six free throws in the final 23 seconds to help Clemson defeat Seton Hall 64-58 Monday night in the third-place game of the Paradise Jam.

Clemson made 13 of 14 free throws in overtime, getting more attempts in the extra period than Seton Hall had in the game (10 of 12). The Tigers were 26 of 38 overall from the line.

"We don't have one superstar on this team, but we have a lot of guys that can play," head coach Brad Brownell said afterwards. " We relied on every one of them tonight. Guys stepped for us in the overtime period and made free throws. The strength of our team is our veteran players, in particular our backcourt."

Demontez Stitt scored 15 points and Devin Booker 14 to lead the Tigers (4-1), of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Booker made 1 of 2 free throws with 3 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime, and he tipped in his own missed shot with 2:00 left in overtime for a 55-49 Clemson lead.

Jeff Robinson scored 16 points to lead the Pirates (2-3), of the Big East.

Clemson defeated Long Beach State and lost to Old Dominion in its first two games in the tournament. Seton Hall beat Alabama and lost to Xavier.

"We knew we had to have this game," Devin Booker said afterwards. "We had to come out and give it our all. We made some tough baskets in the final minute and in overtime, and we were able to pull it out."

NOTES
* Clemson won by a score of 64-58 in overtime in the third place consolation game in the Paradise Jam. The Tigers put together a 2-1 record with wins over Long Beach State and Seton Hall.

* It was Clemson's first overtime win since an 80-75 triumph at home over Wake Forest in the 2007-08 season.

* It was Clemson's first overtime win over a non-conference foe since the Tigers took down South Carolina 63-62 in Columbia, SC in 2004 on Cheyenne Moore's game-winning three-pointer.

* It was the first overtime game played by Clemson since the 2008-09 season when the Tigers lost to Virginia by a score of 85-81 in Charlottesville.

* Clemson shot 29.3 percent (17-of-58) from the floor, yet won the game. It is the first time in the ACC era (1954-present) that Clemson has shot under 30 percent as a team and won a game.

* The win was Clemson's first against a Big East team since the Tigers defeated DePaul in the 2007 San Juan Shootout.

* Clemson improved to 12-22 all-time versus teams currently in the Big East Conference.

* Head Coach Brad Brownell improved his personal record to 14-3 in four- and eight-team tournaments throughout his career, which includes four years apiece at UNC Wilmington and Wright State.

* With the win, Clemson has now won 36 of its last 38 games in the month of November. The Tigers have also won 15 of their last 18 games in regular season tournaments during that time.

* Clemson hit 13-of-14 free throws in the overtime period for a success rate of 93 percent. The Tigers had made just 6-of-14 in the second half of Monday's game.

* The Tigers tied a season-high with 13 offensive rebounds on Monday and did a good job of converting those into scores. Clemson won the second chance scoring battle by a score of 11-6.

Individual Notes
* Demontez Stitt was the Tigers' high scorer for the second consecutive game, leading the way with 15 points. He struggled from the field, but hit a season-best 7-of-8 from the free throw line.

* Stitt averaged 16.3 points per game in the three games in the Virgin Islands, while shooting 75 percent from the free throw line.

* Stitt collected three steals in the game to give him seven on the season and 127 for his career.


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