Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now

Stetson vs Clemson

McDaniels 20 points lead Clemson to 71-51 win

By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer
  •  

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) K.J. McDaniels scored a career-high 20 points and Clemson used a big first-half run to put away Stetson 71-51 Friday night, the Tigers 29th straight season-opening victory.

McDaniels scored his team's first 11 points, and the Tigers used a 33-5 run the last 15 minutes of the opening half to lead 46-15 at the break. Stetson rallied in the second half, cutting Clemson's lead to 65-49 in the final two minutes. But McDaniels connected on his fourth and final 3-pointer on the Tigers next trip down court to surpass his previous best of 17 points, which he last reached this past season against Virginia Tech.

McDaniels also had seven rebounds, tying Josh Smith for the team lead.

Aaron Graham led the Hatters with 11 points, all but one in the opening half.

Point guard Rod Hall added 11 points and Damarcus Harris 10 for the Tigers.

Clemson is after a bounce-back season after finishing 13-18 a year ago, the program's first losing mark since 2003-04. The Tigers wore down at the end in 2012-13, losing 10 of their final 11 games to tie for 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The team is also looking to replace some significant leadership, scoring and rebounding punch from last season with the losses of 6-foot 8-inch Devin Booker and 6-foot 9-inch Milton Jennings, who combined for nearly 24 points and 14 rebounds a year ago.

Clemson does not have a senior on its roster. McDaniels, the top returning scorer, took control early as he hit three straight 3-pointers and scored the team's first 11 points as the Tigers broke on top 13-5.

Stetson cut things to 13-10 on Graham's bucket before Clemson took off on its game-changing run.

The Hatters were 3-for-5 shooting in the first five minutes, then 2 for 19 the rest of the half as Clemson left the floor ahead 46-15. Nine of Stetson's first-half turnovers came during the Tigers surge.

First-year Stetson coach Corey Williams was a Florida State assistant the past six years accustomed to going toe-to-toe with the Tigers - the Seminoles were 8-5 against Clemson during Williams' time there. But the Hatters could not overcome Clemson's depth as coach Brad Brownell shuttled players in and out to wear down the Hatters, who shot less than 35 percent (17 of 49) for the game.

The Tigers finished 10 of 23 on 3-pointers. They reached double-digits for three-point goals just twice in 31 games last season.

Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Scoreboard
Stetson (0-1)153651
Clemson (1-0) «462571
 

CBSSports.com Shop

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Under Armour No.5 Shamrock Series Tackle Twill Football Jersey

2014 College Football Jerseys
Get your school today
Shop Now

Atlantic Sun
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
Mercer14-427-9
FGCU14-422-13
S.C. Upstate11-719-15
ETSU10-819-16
No. Florida10-816-16
Lipscomb10-815-15
Jacksonville8-1012-18
Northern Kentucky5-139-21
Stetson5-137-24
Kennesaw St.3-156-25

ACC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
Virginia16-230-7
Syracuse14-428-6
Duke13-526-9
N. Carolina13-524-10
Pittsburgh11-726-10
Clemson10-823-13
Florida St.9-922-14
N.C. State9-922-14
Maryland9-917-15
Miami (Fla.)8-1117-16
Wake Forest7-1217-16
Georgia Tech7-1216-17
Notre Dame6-1315-17
Boston College4-158-24
Va. Tech2-179-22
 
Other games
UNF 69 Final
FLA 77
MD 77 Final
CONN 78
NCASHV 57 Final
UK 89
UMOH 62 Final
ND 74
CORN 60 Final
SYR 82
JMAD 41 Final
UVA 61
SJU 75 Final
WISC 86
DAVID 77 Final
DUKE 111
MCNSE 56 Final
MIST 98
MASLOW 42 Final
MICH 69
ILLST 58 Final
VCU 96
LAMON 63 Final
KAN 80
STHRN 56 Final
MU 63
MVSU 62 Final
OKST 117
GU 75 Final
ORE 82
OAK 61 Final
UNC 84
COLO 60 Final
BAYL 72
CP 62 Final
ARIZ 73
DRXL 67 Final
UCLA 72