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Tyson’s 20 lead Clemson to 87-65 win over Detroit Mercy

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) There’s a simple path for Hunter Tyson to get more playing time at Clemson: defend hard and shoot well like he did against Detroit Mercy.

The 6-foot-8 Tyson had a career-high 20 points off five 3-pointers to lead the Tigers to their third straight victory, 87-65, over the Titans on Sunday.

Tyson came off the bench to give Clemson (3-1) a boost, going 5 for 10 from behind the arc and staying strong on defense.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell said the game played to Tyson’s strengths of hitting open shots and keep out of reach of defenders. He was also critical to defense effort that limited Detroit Mercy to just 32 percent shooting.

“He needs to be out there and continue to defend,” Brownell said.

Especially, if the sophomore can perform like this going forward. Tyson surpassed his previous best of nine points set in a win over Pitt last February. He had averaged less than four minutes a game on a team with four senior starters who soaked up much playing time.

Now, Brownell hopes Tyson can be part of the front-line rotation, even coming off the bench.

Aamir Simms added 19 while Alabama graduate transfer Tevin Mack had 18 against Detroit Mercy (0-2).

“We’ll take that, 20 (points), 19 and 18 points by three different players,” Brownell said. “That’s a pretty good day for us.”

The Tigers opened a double-digit lead in the first half, helped by three of Tyson’s baskets behind the arc, and maintained that lead the rest of the way to take its third consecutive victory after opening the season and Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 67-60 loss at home to Virginia Tech.

Detroit Mercy closed to 22-19 on Antoine Davis’ jumper with 7:01 to play. That’s when Clemson took off on a 14-7 run - seven of the points scored by Tyson - to gain control.

Tigers freshman Al-Amir Dawes got things going with a 3-pointer and before Tyson struck from long-range. Tyson added a foul shot and when he hit his third 3-pointer of the period, Clemson was ahead 36-26.

Detroit Mercy got as close as six points, the last time at 58-52 on Sam Hofman’s 3-pointer with 9:37 to go, in the second half, but could not cut the deficit any further.

Tyson, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, surpassed his previous best of nine points scored against Pittsburgh last February.

Aamir Simms had 19 points and eight rebounds for Clemson. Texas and Alabama transfer Tevin Mack added 18 points for the Tigers.

Davis, the son of Detroit Mercy coach Mike Davis, led his team with 26 points, although he shot just 6 of 20 from the field. Davis made 12 of his 13 foul shots.

“I thought we had some good moments,” said Detroit Mercy coach Mike Davis, one-time Indiana coach. “We had it at six (points), but just ran out of gas. Give them credit for being very physical with us and with Antoine. We will learn from this game.”

BIG PICTURE

Detroit Mercy: It’s a brutal start to the season for Detroit Mercy, which opened at North Carolina State and will play its first seven games away before its home opener with Eastern Michigan on Dec. 7.

Clemson: The Tigers could use a boost from the outside that Tyson gives them. They came in averaging nine 3-pointers a game but finished 11 of 33 on long-range shots against Detroit Mercy. Tyson finished 5 of 10 from behind the arc.

BOUNCING BACK

Hunter Tyson did not have the start he hoped for with only 12 total points through three games and just two 3-pointers. It all came together, he said, because he focused on staying ready and prepared. “Just staying confident,” Tyson said. “Just keeping my head down and not try and worry about all the other stuff.”

UP NEXT

Detroit Mercy continues its opening road swing at Wyoming on Tuesday night.

Clemson concludes a five-game homestand to open the season when it faces Alabama A&M on Thursday night.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Clemson  
19:28   John Newman III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:28   Offensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
19:28 +2 Tevin Mack made layup 0-2
19:22   Marquis Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:22   Offensive rebound by Chris Brandon  
19:22   Chris Brandon missed layup  
19:22   Defensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
19:22   Tevin Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:22   Offensive rebound by Clemson  
18:40 +2 Aamir Simms made jump shot 0-4
18:12   Chris Brandon missed layup  
18:10   Defensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
17:57   Chase Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:39   Antoine Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:37   Defensive rebound by Chase Hunter  
17:33   Offensive foul on Tevin Mack  
17:33   Turnover on Tevin Mack  
17:09   Willy Isiani missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:07   Offensive rebound by Chris Brandon  
17:02 +2 Chris Brandon made layup 2-4
16:47   Bad pass turnover on Chase Hunter, stolen by Willy Isiani  
16:38   Marquis Moore missed jump shot  
16:36   Offensive rebound by Alonde LeGrand  
16:27   Bad pass turnover on Antoine Davis  
16:17 +2 Aamir Simms made layup, assist by John Newman III 2-6
15:54   Antoine Davis missed layup  
15:52   Defensive rebound by Khavon Moore  
15:42   Personal foul on Antoine Davis  
15:24   John Newman III missed jump shot  
15:22   Defensive rebound by Marquis Moore  
15:17   Personal foul on Aamir Simms  
15:02 +2 Chris Brandon made layup, assist by Justin Miller 4-6
14:48   Chase Hunter missed jump shot  
14:46   Offensive rebound by Khavon Moore  
14:32 +2 Khavon Moore made jump shot, assist by Chase Hunter 4-8
14:18   Personal foul on John Newman III  
14:13   Antoine Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:11   Offensive rebound by Chris Brandon  
14:08   Brad Calipari missed jump shot  
14:06   Offensive rebound by Justin Miller  
14:06   Personal foul on Trey Jemison  
14:01   Brad Calipari missed jump shot  
13:59   Defensive rebound by Trey Jemison  
13:45   Chase Hunter missed jump shot  
13:43   Defensive rebound by Justin Miller  
13:31   Justin Miller missed layup  
13:29   Offensive rebound by Justin Miller  
13:29   Shooting foul on John Newman III  
13:29 +1 Justin Miller made 1st of 2 free throws 5-8
13:29 +1 Justin Miller made 2nd of 2 free throws 6-8
13:14   Hunter Tyson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:12   Defensive rebound by Chris Brandon  
13:02 +3 Justin Miller made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Antoine Davis 9-8
12:47   Personal foul on Marquis Moore  
12:41   Al-Amir Dawes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:39   Defensive rebound by Brad Calipari  
12:39   Personal foul on Trey Jemison  
12:27   Lost ball turnover on Antoine Davis, stolen by Aamir Simms  
12:07 +3 Al-Amir Dawes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chase Hunter 9-11
11:36   Justin Miller missed jump shot  
11:34   Defensive rebound by Hunter Tyson  
11:22 +3 Chase Hunter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aamir Simms 9-14
11:04   Bad pass turnover on Dwayne Rose Jr., stolen by Aamir Simms  
10:48   Al-Amir Dawes missed jump shot  
10:46   Offensive rebound by Curran Scott  
10:31   Traveling violation turnover on Curran Scott  
10:13   Lost ball turnover on Antoine Davis, stolen by Al-Amir Dawes  
10:08 +2 Aamir Simms made dunk, assist by Al-Amir Dawes 9-16
9:49   Justin Miller missed layup  
9:47   Defensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
9:38   Hunter Tyson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:36   Defensive rebound by Alonde LeGrand  
9:25   Justin Miller missed layup  
9:23   Defensive rebound by Clemson  
9:01   Curran Scott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:59   Defensive rebound by Antoine Davis  
8:53 +3 Antoine Davis made 3-pt. jump shot 12-16
8:33 +3 Tevin Mack made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al-Amir Dawes 12-19
8:10 +3 Marquis Moore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Antoine Davis 15-19
7:57 +3 Hunter Tyson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Curran Scott 15-22
7:31   Personal foul on Al-Amir Dawes  
7:31 +1 Antoine Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 16-22
7:31 +1 Antoine Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 17-22
7:13   Tevin Mack missed jump shot  
7:11   Defensive rebound by Willy Isiani  
7:03 +2 Antoine Davis made jump shot 19-22
6:49 +3 Al-Amir Dawes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tevin Mack 19-25
6:30   Willy Isiani missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:28   Offensive rebound by Chris Brandon  
6:28   Personal foul on Hunter Tyson  
6:28 +1 Chris Brandon made 1st of 2 free throws 20-25
6:28 +1 Chris Brandon made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-25
6:10 +3 Hunter Tyson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aamir Simms 21-28
6:00 +3 Antoine Davis made 3-pt. jump shot 24-28
5:53   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Antoine Davis  
5:53   Turnover on Antoine Davis  
5:53   Hunter Tyson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:53 +1 Hunter Tyson made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-29
5:44   Hunter Tyson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:42   Defensive rebound by Antoine Davis  
5:35   Bad pass turnover on Antoine Davis  
5:28 +2 Aamir Simms made layup, assist by Tevin Mack 24-31
5:01   Justin Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:59   Defensive rebound by Curran Scott  
4:43 +2 Curran Scott made jump shot 24-33
4:25 +2 Antoine Davis made jump shot 26-33
3:59   Chase Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:57   Defensive rebound by Marquis Moore  
3:46   Antoine Davis missed jump shot  
3:44   Defensive rebound by Clemson  
3:34   Curran Scott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:32   Defensive rebound by Boe Nguidjol  
3:12   Lost ball turnover on Chris Brandon  
3:04 +3 Hunter Tyson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al-Amir Dawes 26-36
2:45   Dwayne Rose Jr. missed jump shot  
2:43   Offensive rebound by Chris Brandon  
2:38   Chris Brandon missed layup  
2:36   Defensive rebound by Hunter Tyson  
2:34   Tevin Mack missed jump shot  
2:32   Defensive rebound by Chris Brandon  
2:21   Dwayne Rose Jr. missed layup, blocked by Hunter Tyson  
2:19   Defensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
2:19   Personal foul on Aamir Simms  
2:19 +1 Chris Brandon made 1st of 2 free throws 27-36
2:19 +1 Chris Brandon made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-36
1:59   Lost ball turnover on Aamir Simms, stolen by Dwayne Rose Jr.  
1:59   Hunter Tyson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:57   Defensive rebound by Detroit  
1:45   Antoine Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:43   Defensive rebound by Khavon Moore  
1:38   Tevin Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:36   Offensive rebound by Khavon Moore  
1:22   Traveling violation turnover on Chase Hunter  
1:02   Bad pass turnover on Marquis Moore, stolen by Chase Hunter  
57.0   Chase Hunter missed dunk  
55.0   Offensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
48.0 +2 Tevin Mack made layup 28-38
30.0   Antoine Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
28.0   Offensive rebound by Antoine Davis  
28.0   Personal foul on Hunter Tyson  
28.0   Antoine Davis missed 1st of 2 free throws  
28.0 +1 Antoine Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-38
28.0 +1 Antoine Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-38
13.0   Personal foul on Dwayne Rose Jr.  
2.0   Lost ball turnover on Al-Amir Dawes, stolen by Alonde LeGrand  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:53   Personal foul on Chase Hunter  
19:39   Bad pass turnover on Willy Isiani, stolen by Aamir Simms  
19:39   Shooting foul on Chris Brandon  
19:39 +1 Tevin Mack made 1st of 2 free throws 29-39
19:39 +1 Tevin Mack made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-40
19:12   Traveling violation turnover on Marquis Moore  
19:01   Shooting foul on Chris Brandon  
19:01   Aamir Simms missed 1st of 2 free throws  
19:01 +1 Aamir Simms made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-41
18:50 +3 Marquis Moore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Antoine Davis 32-41
18:36   Lost ball turnover on Aamir Simms, stolen by Alonde LeGrand  
18:26 +3 Antoine Davis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Brandon 35-41
18:03   Shooting foul on Alonde LeGrand  
18:03 +1 Chase Hunter made 1st of 2 free throws 35-42
18:03 +1 Chase Hunter made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-43
17:51   Antoine Davis missed jump shot  
17:49   Defensive rebound by Chase Hunter  
17:33 +2 Aamir Simms made layup, assist by Al-Amir Dawes 35-45
17:10 +2 Alonde LeGrand made layup 37-45
16:50 +2 Tevin Mack made layup 37-47
16:36   Lost ball turnover on Antoine Davis, stolen by Al-Amir Dawes  
16:30 +3 Tevin Mack made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al-Amir Dawes 37-50
16:15   Personal foul on Al-Amir Dawes  
16:09   Justin Miller missed dunk  
16:07   Offensive rebound by Chris Brandon  
16:02 +2 Chris Brandon made tip-in 39-50
15:33   Shot clock violation turnover on Clemson  
15:17   Personal foul on Al-Amir Dawes  
15:14   Antoine Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:12   Offensive rebound by Justin Miller  
15:00 +2 Justin Miller made layup, assist by Antoine Davis 41-50
14:44   Lost ball turnover on Chase Hunter, stolen by Antoine Davis  
14:39   Chris Brandon missed dunk  
14:37   Defensive rebound by Curran Scott  
14:34 +2 Aamir Simms made tip-in, assist by Curran Scott 41-52
14:20   Justin Miller missed jump shot  
14:18   Defensive rebound by Curran Scott  
13:57   Curran Scott missed jump shot  
13:55   Offensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
13:48   John Newman III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:46   Defensive rebound by Alonde LeGrand  
13:36   Personal foul on Curran Scott  
13:36 +2 Antoine Davis made jump shot 43-52
13:11   Chase Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:09   Defensive rebound by Justin Miller  
13:00   Offensive foul on Antoine Davis  
13:00   Turnover on Antoine Davis  
13:00   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Detroit  
13:00 +1 Aamir Simms made free throw 43-53
13:00 +1 Aamir Simms made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-54
12:50   Bad pass turnover on Chase Hunter, stolen by Chris Brandon  
12:47   Shooting foul on Chase Hunter  
12:43 +1 Antoine Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 44-54
12:36 +1 Antoine Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 45-54
12:27   Chase Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:25   Offensive rebound by John Newman III  
12:21   Lost ball turnover on John Newman III, stolen by Antoine Davis  
12:17 +2 Chris Brandon made layup, assist by Antoine Davis 47-54
11:55 +2 Hunter Tyson made layup, assist by Aamir Simms 47-56
11:10   Antoine Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:10   Defensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
11:10   Tevin Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:10   Defensive rebound by Justin Miller  
11:10   Justin Miller missed layup  
11:08   Defensive rebound by Hunter Tyson  
10:57   Aamir Simms missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:55   Defensive rebound by Justin Miller  
10:46   Sam Hofman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:44   Offensive rebound by Justin Miller  
10:44   Lost ball turnover on Antoine Davis, stolen by Chase Hunter  
10:44   Personal foul on Justin Miller  
10:26   Aamir Simms missed jump shot  
10:24   Offensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
10:19 +2 Aamir Simms made layup 47-58
10:04 +2 Justin Miller made layup 49-58
9:49   Bad pass turnover on Aamir Simms, stolen by Antoine Davis  
9:38 +3 Sam Hofman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Antoine Davis 52-58
9:18 +3 Hunter Tyson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chase Hunter 52-61
9:02   Antoine Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:00   Offensive rebound by Boe Nguidjol  
8:52   Lost ball turnover on Justin Miller, stolen by Tevin Mack  
8:46 +2 Tevin Mack made layup 52-63
8:46   Shooting foul on Marquis Moore  
8:46   Tevin Mack missed free throw  
8:46   Defensive rebound by Justin Miller  
8:46   Antoine Davis missed layup  
8:44   Offensive rebound by Justin Miller  
8:44   Lost ball turnover on Antoine Davis, stolen by Hunter Tyson  
8:43   Shooting foul on Sam Hofman  
8:25   Al-Amir Dawes missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:25 +1 Al-Amir Dawes made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-64
8:16   Personal foul on Khavon Moore  
8:13   Lost ball turnover on Antoine Davis, stolen by Khavon Moore  
8:08   Khavon Moore missed jump shot  
8:06   Offensive rebound by Trey Jemison  
8:02 +2 Trey Jemison made layup 52-66
7:43   Sam Hofman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:41   Defensive rebound by Trey Jemison  
7:41   Personal foul on Boe Nguidjol  
7:22   Trey Jemison missed free throw  
7:22   Defensive rebound by Justin Miller  
7:22   Shooting foul on Trey Jemison  
7:22 +1 Justin Miller made 1st of 2 free throws 53-66
7:22 +1 Justin Miller made 2nd of 2 free throws 54-66
7:00 +2 John Newman III made layup, assist by Khavon Moore 54-68
6:54