Box Score: Clemson 71 Iowa 55
The Tigers moved to 4-2 with the win, while the
Hawkeyes fell to 4-3. It was Clemson's fourth straight road win in Big
Ten/ACC Challenge play and ninth overall in the event in 13 tries. Iowa
fell to 2-9 overall in challenge games.
"It was a great team win tonight," said Brad Brownell, Clemson's
second-year head coach. "We had a lot of guys play well for us tonight.
I thought our two seniors, Andre (Young) and Tanner (Smith), were
outstanding and they showed that they weren't going to be intimidated with
a road environment. Then, off the bench, we had a number of guys play
Young led the Tigers with 19 points and hit 5-of-6 from three-point range.
He added four assists and two steals. T.J. Sapp scored 13 off the bench
and hit 3-of-6 from deep for his season-high point total. Devin Booker
posted nine points and 12 rebounds. Tanner Smithhad an outstanding
all-around game with seven points, eight assists and 14 rebounds to match
The Tigers shot 51.9 percent for the game and made 11-of-21 from
three-point distance, a 52.4 percent mark. On the contrary, the Hawkeyes
were held to a season-low 55 points and made just 16-of-56 shots for a
28.6 percent clip. Iowa, shooting 39 percent from long range coming into
the game, made just 3-of-11. Clemson outrebounded the Hawkeyes 42-27 on
the glass and had 20 assists on 28 made baskets.
The Hawkeyes got out to a quick 6-2 lead before Clemson settled in to the
game. The Tigers used a 21-6 run to gain its first double-digit advantage
of the game at 23-12 on Young's second three-point basket in a two-minute
stretch. T.J. Sapp came off the bench to spark the run, scoring five
points on a long three and a fastbreak run-out.
Milton Jennings made a brilliant inside pass to Devin Booker, and the
Whitmire, SC native made it 25-14 on an emphatic one-handed slam. Booker
corralled 10 rebounds in the opening stanza. The lead was pushed to 13 at
31-18 after Smith and Sapp hit back-to-back threes. Bryan Narcisse then
connected on his first long-range shot of the season to push the lead to
The Tigers hit 7-of-14 three-point shots in the opening half and made 48.1
percent overall from the field. Meanwhile, Iowa, who came in averaging
over 80 points per game, shot just 7-for-30 in the half, which equates to
The three-pointers continued to drop in the opening moments of the second
half, as Young took a hit-ahead length-of-the-court pass from Smith and
drilled an open shot. He hit another a minute later, and then a putback
by reserve center Catalin Baciu made it 42-24 in favor of Clemson. On the
other end, Iowa was stripped by Young, who returned the favor to Smith
with a long pass ahead to Smith who gently dunked the ball to give Clemson
its first 20-point lead.
Sapp extended the lead back to 22 after Iowa had cut to within 20 for the
first time in several minutes with 10:48 remaining in the game. He hit
his third trifecta after Narcisse hit him with a perfect pass to break
Iowa's fullcourt press. Rod Hall broke the pressure equally as well a few
minutes later when he took a missed shot the length of the court for a
tough lay-in to make it 56-34 with 8:27 left. Iowa cut the deficit under
20 for good again at 3:08 on free throws by leading scorer Matt Gatens,
who finished with just eight points.
Clemson was able to play all 12 players on its roster on Tuesday. Nine of
them scored at least a point for the Tigers, including Baciu, who was
4-for-5 and posted eight second-half points.
The Tigers return to action Sunday, Dec. 4 to take on in-state rival South
Carolina. The game will tip off at 3:30 PM and will be televised by
Clemson is set to tipoff against Iowa on Tuesday night in the 13th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. …