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."
* 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
* 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
* 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.
* 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.
A career high 24 points by Demontez Stitt wasn't enough to lift Clemson by Old Dominion Sunday night…