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Posted Nov 29, 2011
Clemson used a 21-6 first-half run en route to a convincing 71-55 victory on the road over Iowa on Tuesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
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
, Clemson’s second-year head coach. “We had a lot of guys play well for us tonight. I thought our two seniors,
), 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 well.”
Young led the Tigers with 19 points and hit 5-of-6 from three-point range. He added four assists and two steals.
scored 13 off the bench and hit 3-of-6 from deep for his season-high point total.
posted nine points and 12 rebounds.
had an outstanding all-around game with seven points, eight assists and 14 rebounds to match a career-best.
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.
came off the bench to spark the run, scoring five points on a long three and a fastbreak run-out.
made a brilliant inside pass to
, 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.
then connected on his first long-range shot of the season to push the lead to 34-20.
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 23.3 percent.
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
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.
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
, 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 ESPNU.
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