CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Devin Booker scored 14 points and Tanner Smith added 11 as Clemson defeated The Citadel 73-50 on Tuesday night for its 14th straight victory over the military college.
Milton Jennings was the third player in double figures for Clemson (2-0), which used a suffocating defense and its height advantage over the outmanned Bulldogs.
Mike Groselle led The Citadel (1-2) with 16 points while Cosmo Morabbi and Bo Holston had eight each.
Clemson led the entire way, jumping out to an 11-3 lead early behind 54 percent shooting. The Tigers held the Bulldogs to just 30 percent shooting for the game.
Midway through the first period, Clemson mounted a 17-6 run to take a 28-14 lead. With another 11-3 run at the end of the half, Clemson went to the locker room with a 39-21 halftime lead.
Clemson started the second half in a zone defense, only to see The Citadel score the first five points of the period, all by sophomore guard DeVonte Wright, including a 3-pointer.
Clemson coach Brad Brownell called a timeout and the Tigers returned to the court in their pressing, man-to-man defense.
The Bulldogs didn't score again until 9:50 left in the game, when P.J Hogan got loose for The Citadel and banked in a basket after two Clemson defenders went flying past him trying to block the shot.
But by that time Clemson led 55-28.
|Clemson (2-0) «||39||34||73|
|The Citadel (1-2)||21||29||50|
|M. Jennings, F||21||4-8||2-2||4||1||3||10|
|D. Booker, F||16||6-9||1-4||4||0||2||14|
|T. Smith, G||29||5-7||0-1||7||4||3||11|
|A. Young, G||28||3-6||1-2||3||4||0||8|
|T. Sapp, G||26||3-6||0-0||6||2||2||7|
|The Citadel Bulldogs|
|M. Groselle, C||37||7-13||2-6||11||0||4||16|
|B. Holston, G||24||3-9||1-2||5||1||2||8|
|C. Morabbi, G||23||3-7||0-0||1||1||1||8|
|D. Wright, G||23||2-13||2-2||5||2||4||7|
|C. Bray, G||15||0-4||0-0||3||0||0||0|