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BAMA +4.5, O/U 133.0
ML: +170
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Clemson holds off Alabama for 67-54 win

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Shelton Mitchell scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed five rebounds Sunday as Clemson defeated Alabama 67-54.

Alabama (5-5) narrowed Clemson's lead to 11 points or less three times over the final 12 minutes. Clemson's Gabe Devoe responded by sinking 3-pointers the first two times to maintain the double-digit advantage for the Tigers (8-2).

Fellow Tiger, Avry Holmes' only points in the second half came on a 3-pointer that followed Devoe's, a sequence that both coaches felt was critical in the game.

''It was big. That's what you got to do in road games,'' Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. ''Make big shots, you know the home team's going to make a run or two.''

That big shot didn't fall the third time Devoe took one from behind the arc to secure Clemson's double-digit lead, and Alabama cut the lead down to nine points for the first time during the second half.

Clemson held on, responding to the Crimson Tide's late 7-0 run with a layup from Mitchell who also sank four free throws over the final minute of the game.

Devoe finished with 11 points to join Mitchell in double figures for Clemson.

Brownell said his team's defense wasn't up to his expectations in Clemson's game on Tuesday against SC State, but he thought it was a difference maker today, especially in the first half.

''I just think we kept them to one shot was a big thing, and I thought our guys were locked in,'' Brownell said. ''We had some time to get ready from our last game so we prepared very well. I thought our individual defense was pretty good.''

Avery Johnson Jr. came off the bench for the Crimson Tide to score a career-high 17 points. He was the only Alabama player to finish in double figures.

''We told our guys he's a great layup maker and that's a skill a lot of guards don't have, being able to make shots over top of shot-blockers and big guys when you make penetration,'' Brownell said.

The Crimson Tide outrebounded the Tigers 37-32 thanks in large part to the efforts of Donta Hall and Dazon Ingram who grabbed seven and six respectively.

BIG PICTURE

Alabama: The Crimson Tide was unable to overcome a first half that saw the team miss 11 straight shots from the floor and must now win one of the team's next two games to avoid starting Southeastern conference play under .500.

Clemson: The Tigers overcame a sluggish start of their own to get revenge for last year's 51-50 loss to the Crimson Tide and extended the team's current winning streak to six games with the victory.

UP NEXT

Alabama: The Crimson Tide's tour of its home state continues with a trip to Huntsville, Alabama to face Arkansas State on Wednesday.

Clemson: The Tigers can earn their second straight win against SEC competition with a road victory over rival South Carolina on Wednesday.

HE SAID IT: Alabama coach Avery Johnson on taking care of the basketball: ''Like I tell our guys all the time. Think about your closest family member. You're not going to throw them away because you love them right? Just think about this, so value that ball just like you value your closest family member.''

QUICK COMPARE:

Alabama: The Crimson Tide finished the night 3-of-20 beyond the arc and only made one of seven attempts taken in the final three minutes.

Clemson: The Tigers finished the night 9-of-22 shooting 3's and made three of six shots taken behind the arc in the final 11 minutes of the game and attempted none in the final three minutes.

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Key Players
D. Grantham
D. Ingram
26.6 Min. Per Game 26.6
9.7 Pts. Per Game 9.7
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
41.0 Field Goal % 54.5
33.3 Three Point % 35.7
90.9 Free Throw % 65.8
  Defensive rebound by Gabe DeVoe 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Gabe DeVoe 1.0
  Shannon Hale missed 3-pt. jump shot 3.0
+ 1 Jaron Blossomgame made 2nd of 2 free throws 14.0
+ 1 Jaron Blossomgame made 1st of 2 free throws 14.0
  Personal foul on Braxton Key 14.0
+ 2 Avery Johnson Jr. made layup, assist by Dazon Ingram 16.0
+ 1 Shelton Mitchell made 2nd of 2 free throws 26.0
+ 1 Shelton Mitchell made 1st of 2 free throws 26.0
  Personal foul on Dazon Ingram 26.0
+ 3 Avery Johnson Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Riley Norris 28.0
Team Stats
Points 67 54
Field Goals 24-55 (43.6%) 16-50 (32.0%)
3-Pointers 9-22 (40.9%) 3-20 (15.0%)
Free Throws 10-14 (71.4%) 19-25 (76.0%)
Total Rebounds 32 37
Offensive 5 10
Defensive 26 24
Team 1 3
Assists 10 7
Steals 7 9
Blocks 1 3
Turnovers 11 16
Fouls 19 15
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
17 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Clemson 8-2 313667
home team logo Alabama 5-5 193554
Team Stats
away team logo Clemson 8-2 69.6 PPG 38 RPG 12.0 APG
home team logo Alabama 5-5 74.4 PPG 41 RPG 12.4 APG
Key Players
4
S. Mitchell G 11.8 PPG 2.6 RPG 2.9 APG 39.4 FG%
5
A. Johnson Jr. G 1.8 PPG 1.0 RPG 0.7 APG 27.4 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Mitchell G 18 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
A. Johnson Jr. G 17 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
43.6 FG% 32.0
40.9 3PT FG% 15.0
71.4 FT% 76.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Mitchell 18 5 2 6/10 2/2 4/4 3 29 1 0 2 1 4
J. Blossomgame 9 4 0 3/8 1/2 2/2 2 36 1 1 4 1 3
A. Holmes 9 3 2 3/8 3/6 0/0 1 22 2 0 0 0 3
S. Djitte 8 7 0 3/8 0/1 2/2 4 32 0 0 1 1 6
D. Grantham 0 4 0 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 25 0 0 2 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Mitchell 18 5 2 6/10 2/2 4/4 3 29 1 0 2 1 4
J. Blossomgame 9 4 0 3/8 1/2 2/2 2 36 1 1 4 1 3
A. Holmes 9 3 2 3/8 3/6 0/0 1 22 2 0 0 0 3
S. Djitte 8 7 0 3/8 0/1 2/2 4 32 0 0 1 1 6
D. Grantham 0 4 0 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 25 0 0 2 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. DeVoe 11 3 4 4/11 3/8 0/0 3 30 1 0 1 0 3
M. Reed 7 2 2 3/4 0/0 1/2 3 15 1 0 1 0 2
E. Thomas 5 3 0 2/2 0/0 1/4 3 11 1 0 0 1 2
R. McGillan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Hudson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Robertin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Fields - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Spencer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 31 10 24/55 9/22 10/14 19 200 7 1 11 5 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Key 6 3 1 2/11 0/4 2/2 1 27 1 0 1 1 2
C. Collins 5 4 0 2/6 1/4 0/0 1 23 0 0 5 1 3
B. Olaniyan 4 1 0 1/1 0/0 2/2 2 6 1 0 1 0 1
D. Ingram 3 6 2 0/2 0/1 3/5 2 25 1 0 3 1 5
D. Hall 2 7 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 23 1 3 0 2 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Key 6 3 1 2/11 0/4 2/2 1 27 1 0 1 1 2
C. Collins 5 4 0 2/6 1/4 0/0 1 23 0 0 5 1 3
B. Olaniyan 4 1 0 1/1 0/0 2/2 2 6 1 0 1 0 1
D. Ingram 3 6 2 0/2 0/1 3/5 2 25 1 0 3 1 5
D. Hall 2 7 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 23 1 3 0 2 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Johnson Jr. 17 1 2 5/11 2/4 5/6 3 28 3 0 2 1 0
S. Hale 8 3 0 2/7 0/4 4/6 1 19 1 0 2 1 2
J. Taylor 3 2 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 2 13 0 0 1 1 1
R. Norris 2 3 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 20 1 0 1 1 2
B. Austin 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 10 0 0 0 1 1
A. Davis 2 2 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 0 6 0 0 0 0 2
N. King - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Schaffer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Fuller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 54 34 7 16/50 3/20 19/25 15 200 9 3 16 10 24