CLEMSON - Listen to interviews of Oliver Purnell, Trevor Booker and David Potter after Tuesday night…
Successful Senior Night in Tigertown
"We finished up in style," Booker said. "The guys played hard. Me and Pott had a great outing. The crowd was crazy. You couldn't ask for a better finish."
On one day of preparation after a quick turnaround from Sunday, Clemson coach Oliver Purnell implored his team to dig down deep for the two seniors.
For the second time in as many games, it was another Andre Young halftime buzzer beater that kick-started a big second half for the Tigers. With 2.6 seconds to play, Young received David Potter's inbound pass at the top of the key, knocking down the sixth 3-pointer of the opening period, and giving Clemson a 44-41 advantage heading into the break.
"It was like a very pleasant movie being played all over again. It's the same response that we had down at Florida State," Purnell said.
Clemson rode a "jolt" of momentum to open the second half, making eight of the first 10 shot from the field during a 22-7 run in the first five minutes. The 18-point lead, the largest of the game, was matched again with 3:20 to play when Potter knocked down a pair of free-throws.
"I'm pretty sure this win gets us into the NCAA Tournament," the senior said. "It gives us a nice spot in the ACC to try to win a third or fourth spot to try to get a bye for the ACC Tournament. I think it's a great win for us."
Potter's biggest impact was felt in the first half when he knocked down all three of his 3-point attempts.
"It gave us spark. We weren't hitting at first. Then, in the second half, everybody else took over and started hitting for us," he said.
Demontez Stitt scored 20 and dished out seven assists. Young came off the bench to score 13 and Jerai Grant pitched in 10.
Clemson shot 55 percent from the field and 44 percent from behind the arc. From the free-throw line, the Tigers hit just 47 percent.
"Other than our bigs not hitting our free-throws, I was really pleased with what we did offensively," Purnell said.
Pleased with the all-around performance, Purnell joked that he'll need to find anything that would "unpleased" him before practice on Thursday.
"We've got to get ready to go to Wake Forest. We've still got a lot of things to play for," he said. "We still want to try to get one of those top four spots and a better seeding in the ACC Tournament. Every game that you win, obviously improves your NCAA resume."
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