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Reed's 26 points help No. 19 Clemson beat Bearkats 74-59

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Brad Brownell knows he has something many other programs don't - a highly experienced backcourt to call on when things get tight.

Marcquise Reed had a season-high 26 points and point guard Shelton Mitchell 13 as the 19th-ranked Tigers used a second-half surge to put away pesky Sam Houston State 74-59 on Wednesday night.

''I better enjoy this, because I don't think I'm going to have it next year,'' Brownell said. ''Those guys once again played well down the stretch.''

Particularly during a 16-3 run midway through the second half as they combined for 11 points while Clemson took control. The Tigers opened 3-0 for the second straight season and for just the fifth time in coach Brad Brownell's nine years.

For a good while, though, it seemed the Bearkats of the Southland Conference were more than up to the challenge of handling an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.

RJ Smith's 3-pointer early in the second half put Sam Houston State ahead 38-37 before Clemson's back-breaking run.

Reed scored seven straight points to start the run while Mitchell added a pair of baskets, one off a steal where he dribbled into an official before getting clear for the layup and a 53-41 lead.

''I told him that was bad defense,'' Brownell joked about Mitchell.

The Bearkats (2-2) could not respond as Clemson eventually grew the margin to 16 points down the stretch.

Both Reed and Mitchell explored their NBA options last spring before choosing a final college year. They're each committed, Reed said, to an even bigger season than last year when the 25-win Tigers advanced to the Sweet 16.

Reed said he and Mitchell know they're the ones who must set the tone with Clemson's younger players.

''We've been in a lot of these situations and scenarios before,'' Reed said. ''So it's easy to spread it to the young guys.''

Aamir Simms had 12 points and eight rebounds for Clemson.

It was Reed's second 20-point game of the season.

Kai Mitchell led Sam Houston State with 14 points and Josh Delaney added 11.

Clemson looked ready to blow things open early as it made its first six shots and led 15-7 five minutes in. But the Tigers went cold the rest of the half, and Sam Houston State took advantage.

Clemson made just five of its final 18 shots of the opening half and the Bearkats took the lead, 30-29 on Albert Almanza's four-point play with 43.8 seconds left when he got fouled by Elijah Thomas.

But Clemson's Mitchell answered with a long 3 20 seconds later to send the Tigers into the break up 32-30.

THE BIG PICTURE

Sam Houston State: The Bearkats have lost two in a row on the road. They showed an ability to hang with bigger Clemson for much of the game, but could not handle the Tigers' experience in the backcourt with three-year starters in Reed and Mitchell.

Clemson: The Tigers struggled to shoot consistently. Their defense, though, held up throughout the game as they limited Sam Houston State to less than 35 percent shooting with six steals and five blocks.

TOUGH TIME FOR THOMAS

Thomas has played through a difficult stretch. He was hurting from an ankle injury in the Tigers' first two games and played against Sam Houston State despite being sick with the flu. Thomas had a 101-degree temperature Monday. He played 25 minutes Wednesday night with three points, five rebounds and two blocks.

ROAD WOES

Sam Houston State coach Jason Hooten has not liked what he's seen down the stretch in his team's first two road games. The Bearkats had the lead in the second half at Louisiana Tech and at Clemson, yet lost both games.

''There's been a moment where we had chance to seize, I'm not going to say the game, but the lead. We're not ready for that yet,'' he said.

UP NEXT

Sam Houston State concludes its two-game swing at Power Five programs by going to Georgia on Friday night.

Clemson plays Akron on Monday to start the Cayman Islands Classic.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by John Newman III 5.0
  Cameron Delaney missed layup 7.0
+ 1 Marcquise Reed made 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
+ 1 Marcquise Reed made 1st of 2 free throws 20.0
  Shooting foul on Albert Almanza 20.0
  Lost ball turnover on Xavier Bryant, stolen by Clyde Trapp 25.0
  Lost ball turnover on Clyde Trapp, stolen by Xavier Bryant 31.0
+ 1 Josh Delaney made free throw 42.0
  Shooting foul on Aamir Simms 42.0
+ 2 Josh Delaney made layup, assist by Cameron Delaney 42.0
  Turnover on David Skara 1:05
Team Stats
Points 59 74
Field Goals 22-63 (34.9%) 26-49 (53.1%)
3-Pointers 8-24 (33.3%) 9-23 (39.1%)
Free Throws 7-8 (87.5%) 13-18 (72.2%)
Total Rebounds 29 37
Offensive 7 6
Defensive 16 27
Team 6 4
Assists 10 14
Steals 5 6
Blocks 1 5
Turnovers 8 12
Fouls 16 12
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
26 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Sam Houston 2-2 302959
home team logo 19 Clemson 3-0 324274
Team Stats
away team logo Sam Houston 2-2 73.2 PPG 39 RPG 15.8 APG
home team logo 19 Clemson 3-0 69.3 PPG 37.9 RPG 12.0 APG
Key Players
20
K. Mitchell F 12.2 PPG 7.3 RPG 0.8 APG 55.0 FG%
2
M. Reed G 18.7 PPG 5.3 RPG 3.0 APG 44.4 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Mitchell F 14 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
M. Reed G 26 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
34.9 FG% 53.1
33.3 3PT FG% 39.1
87.5 FT% 72.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Mitchell 14 4 1 6/12 0/0 2/2 1 28 2 0 0 1 3
C. Delaney 7 2 2 3/10 1/6 0/0 1 33 0 0 0 2 0
A. Almanza 6 2 0 2/4 1/2 1/1 1 22 0 0 0 0 2
C. Bowie 6 1 4 2/11 0/1 2/2 3 20 2 0 2 0 1
M. Harris 0 0 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 15 0 1 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Mitchell 14 4 1 6/12 0/0 2/2 1 28 2 0 0 1 3
C. Delaney 7 2 2 3/10 1/6 0/0 1 33 0 0 0 2 0
A. Almanza 6 2 0 2/4 1/2 1/1 1 22 0 0 0 0 2
C. Bowie 6 1 4 2/11 0/1 2/2 3 20 2 0 2 0 1
M. Harris 0 0 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 15 0 1 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Delaney 11 1 1 4/8 2/6 1/1 2 24 0 0 1 0 1
R. Smith 9 5 1 3/8 3/4 0/0 2 22 0 0 2 2 3
Z. Nutall 5 4 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 3 13 0 0 1 1 3
B. Furlong 1 2 0 0/1 0/0 1/2 1 9 0 0 1 1 1
Z. Matthews 0 2 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 13 0 0 0 0 2
X. Bryant 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Ndu - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 59 23 10 22/63 8/24 7/8 16 200 5 1 8 7 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Reed 26 5 3 9/18 3/8 5/5 1 38 2 0 4 0 5
S. Mitchell 13 4 4 6/12 1/6 0/1 0 30 1 0 1 1 3
A. Simms 12 8 3 3/4 2/2 4/4 3 28 0 2 1 3 5
D. Skara 4 3 2 1/3 1/3 1/2 2 27 1 0 2 1 2
J. White 4 4 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 13 0 1 0 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Reed 26 5 3 9/18 3/8 5/5 1 38 2 0 4 0 5
S. Mitchell 13 4 4 6/12 1/6 0/1 0 30 1 0 1 1 3
A. Simms 12 8 3 3/4 2/2 4/4 3 28 0 2 1 3 5
D. Skara 4 3 2 1/3 1/3 1/2 2 27 1 0 2 1 2
J. White 4 4 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 13 0 1 0 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Newman III 5 3 0 2/3 0/1 1/2 0 17 0 0 0 0 3
H. Tyson 4 0 0 1/1 1/1 1/2 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
E. Thomas 3 5 1 1/3 0/0 1/2 3 25 0 2 2 1 4
C. Trapp 3 1 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 1 15 2 0 2 0 1
L. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Baehre - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. William - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Jemison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Fox - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 33 14 26/49 9/23 13/18 12 200 6 5 12 6 27