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Minnesota beats Clemson 78-60 in ACC-Big Ten Challenge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Marcus Carr has made an immediate impact as Minnesota’s new point guard, a sophomore transfer with plenty of room left for improvement.

This bounce-back performance was his best yet.

Carr had a career-high 24 points plus nine assists and five rebounds, Daniel Oturu scored 21 points in 24 minutes after first-half foul trouble, and Minnesota never trailed in a 78-60 victory over Clemson in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Monday.

Gabe Kalscheur added 15 points, making three of five 3-pointers, and the Gophers (4-4) gained a much-needed win after several recent setbacks.

“We’ve been tested more than in my six years of being here. We needed something to show for it,” Gophers coach Richard Pitino said. I’m a believer in the process and all that, but it’s nice getting a win, too, and I think our guys needed to start feeling good about themselves.”

Carr, who sat out last season after playing in 2017-18 for Pittsburgh in the ACC, had only four points on 2-for-9 shooting in the previous game, a loss to DePaul. In the four defeats, including losses to Oklahoma, Butler and Utah, Carr shot 15 for 52 from the floor for 44 points and went just 4 for 20 from 3-point range.

“For him to be able to show everybody what he’s able to do today should be a really big confidence boost for him,” Oturu said. “We already knew what he was capable of, so just continuing to try to stay consistent is a really big key.”

The Gophers jumped out to a 15-4 lead, withstood three fouls on their star center Oturu, and held a 35-29 halftime edge. They created a double-digit advantage after that without much trouble. Kalscheur came off a screen for a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer on the wing for a 43-30 lead, and Michael Hurt’s 3-pointer with 12:36 remaining pushed a lead to 69-52 before it grew to 22 points.

Hunter Tyson had 12 points and five rebounds off the bench for the Tigers (5-3), who missed nine of their 11 attempts from 3-point range. Leading scorer Tevin Mack, the graduate transfer who previously played at Texas and Alabama, had only two points on 1-for-4 shooting.

“Carr was a problem. I thought his big body really dominated the aisle in the paint and created some things, and then Oturu was just very efficient,” Clemson coach Brad Brownwell said. “We were just on our heels for whatever reason. We wanted to double him a couple times and never really got there.”

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

Clemson has 11 wins in 20 games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the fourth-most in either conference behind ACC foes Duke (18), Virginia (13) and Wake Forest (12). Minnesota is 10-11 in the 21-year-old contest, which launched on Monday with two games. Miami struck first for the ACC by beating Illinois 81-79. The ACC has an all-time 12-5-3 lead, after each conference won seven games last year.

MATCHED UP, IN MINNESOTA

The Gophers beat the Tigers 89-83 at home in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in 2015 and, also at Williams Arena, lost to them 90-68 in 2006. That defeat prompted the resignation of coach Dan Monson the following day.

BIG PICTURE

Clemson: The Tigers, who have one of the youngest major conference teams in the country, beat TCU in overtime and lost to then-21st-ranked Colorado last week in a neutral-site tournament in Las Vegas. They were never able to overcome their slow start and were soft on defense the whole way, managing only one block and one steal and forcing only eight turnovers by the Gophers. Brownwell said he sensed some jitters in the locker room before the game.

“This was our first true road game and, as you can see, we didn’t perform to our standards,” said Aamir Simms, who had 11 points.

Minnesota: This was as critical of an early-season game as they come, with those four losses by an average margin of 6.5 points. With six of their 10 nonconference contests against high-major opponents, this underclassmen-heavy team will no doubt benefit later from the tougher-than-usual slate.

With a daunting draw for the Big Ten’s two-game conference-play appetizer on deck next week - on the road against Iowa and at home against sixth-ranked Ohio State - the Gophers needed a confidence boost after those defeats gave them the most overall in the Big Ten through the first four weeks of the schedule.

“We just weren’t doing what we had to do to finish the job. It was all close games and games that we could’ve won easily, so I think we just put all the pieces together tonight,” Carr said.

UP NEXT

Clemson: The Tigers have their first ACC road game on Sunday at Florida State. They lost their conference opener to Virginia Tech at home on Nov. 5.

Minnesota: The Gophers have a full week before playing again. Their Big Ten opener is on Dec. 9 at Iowa.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Clemson  
19:38   Aamir Simms missed layup  
19:36   Defensive rebound by Payton Willis  
19:30 +2 Daniel Oturu made dunk, assist by Payton Willis 0-2
19:04   Al-Amir Dawes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:02   Offensive rebound by Khavon Moore  
18:58 +2 Khavon Moore made dunk 2-2
18:32   Gabe Kalscheur missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:30   Offensive rebound by Daniel Oturu  
18:25   Payton Willis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:23   Defensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
18:10   Aamir Simms missed layup  
18:08   Defensive rebound by Gabe Kalscheur  
17:56 +3 Gabe Kalscheur made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Payton Willis 2-5
17:40   Aamir Simms missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:38   Defensive rebound by Alihan Demir  
17:19 +2 Marcus Carr made driving layup 2-7
17:03   Personal foul on Daniel Oturu  
16:51   Khavon Moore missed jump shot  
16:49   Defensive rebound by Alihan Demir  
16:41   Shooting foul on Al-Amir Dawes  
16:41 +1 Marcus Carr made 1st of 3 free throws 2-8
16:41 +1 Marcus Carr made 2nd of 3 free throws 2-9
16:41 +1 Marcus Carr made 3rd of 3 free throws 2-10
16:22 +2 John Newman III made driving layup 4-10
16:00   Marcus Carr missed jump shot  
15:58   Defensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
15:59   Personal foul on Jarvis Omersa  
15:19   Tevin Mack missed jump shot  
15:17   Defensive rebound by Marcus Carr  
15:17 +2 Jarvis Omersa made dunk, assist by Marcus Carr 4-12
14:59   Trey Jemison missed layup, blocked by Jarvis Omersa  
14:59   Defensive rebound by Minnesota  
14:59 +2 Daniel Oturu made layup, assist by Marcus Carr 4-14
14:59   Shooting foul on Trey Jemison  
14:59 +1 Daniel Oturu made free throw 4-15
14:34   Shooting foul on Daniel Oturu  
14:34 +1 Aamir Simms made 1st of 2 free throws 5-15
14:34 +1 Aamir Simms made 2nd of 2 free throws 6-15
14:17   Marcus Carr missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:15   Offensive rebound by Minnesota  
14:15   Personal foul on Tevin Mack  
13:59   Defensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
14:01   Marcus Carr missed floating jump shot  
13:59   Defensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
13:48 +2 Aamir Simms made layup 8-15
13:28 +2 Gabe Kalscheur made jump shot, assist by Marcus Carr 8-17
13:04 +2 Aamir Simms made layup 10-17
12:39   Offensive foul on Marcus Carr  
12:39   Turnover on Marcus Carr  
12:08   John Newman III missed jump shot  
12:06   Defensive rebound by Michael Hurt  
12:06   Personal foul on Hunter Tyson  
11:53   Alihan Demir missed jump shot  
11:51   Defensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
11:40   Personal foul on Jarvis Omersa  
11:20   Khavon Moore missed layup  
11:18   Offensive rebound by Khavon Moore  
11:18 +2 Khavon Moore made jump shot 12-17
11:18   Payton Willis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:16   Defensive rebound by Hunter Tyson  
10:35   Lost ball turnover on John Newman III, stolen by Gabe Kalscheur  
10:28 +2 Marcus Carr made layup 12-19
10:05 +2 Hunter Tyson made jump shot 14-19
9:40 +3 Payton Willis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Gabe Kalscheur 14-22
9:20 +2 Curran Scott made jump shot, assist by Aamir Simms 16-22
9:01   Marcus Carr missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:59   Defensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
8:59   Personal foul on Jarvis Omersa  
8:34 +2 Al-Amir Dawes made driving layup 18-22
8:19   Gabe Kalscheur missed layup  
8:17   Defensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
8:04   Aamir Simms missed layup, blocked by Daniel Oturu  
8:02   Defensive rebound by Marcus Carr  
7:58 +3 Gabe Kalscheur made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Carr 18-25
7:39   Traveling violation turnover on Al-Amir Dawes  
7:23 +2 Daniel Oturu made layup, assist by Marcus Carr 18-27
6:58   Al-Amir Dawes missed layup  
6:56   Defensive rebound by Gabe Kalscheur  
6:54   Offensive foul on Gabe Kalscheur  
6:54   Turnover on Gabe Kalscheur  
6:36   Tevin Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:34   Defensive rebound by Daniel Oturu  
6:25   Lost ball turnover on Marcus Carr, stolen by Curran Scott  
6:18 +2 Curran Scott made layup 20-27
5:40 +2 Alihan Demir made jump shot 20-29
5:23 +2 Trey Jemison made hook shot, assist by Curran Scott 22-29
4:53 +2 Daniel Oturu made dunk, assist by Alihan Demir 22-31
4:31 +2 Aamir Simms made hook shot, assist by Hunter Tyson 24-31
4:10   Tre' Williams missed hook shot  
4:08   Defensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
4:00   Personal foul on Gabe Kalscheur  
4:00 +1 Al-Amir Dawes made 1st of 2 free throws 25-31
4:00 +1 Al-Amir Dawes made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-31
3:41   Offensive foul on Daniel Oturu  
3:41   Turnover on Daniel Oturu  
3:37   Tevin Mack missed layup  
3:35   Defensive rebound by Sam Freeman  
3:04   Marcus Carr missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:02   Defensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
2:54   Personal foul on Marcus Carr  
2:54 +1 Aamir Simms made 1st of 2 free throws 27-31
2:54   Aamir Simms missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:54   Defensive rebound by Tre' Williams  
2:34   Personal foul on John Newman III  
2:32   Offensive foul on Tre' Williams  
2:32   Turnover on Tre' Williams  
2:14   Out of bounds turnover on Tevin Mack  
1:49   Shooting foul on Tevin Mack  
1:49 +1 Marcus Carr made 1st of 2 free throws 27-32
1:49 +1 Marcus Carr made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-33
1:31   John Newman III missed jump shot  
1:29   Offensive rebound by Clemson  
1:18   Traveling violation turnover on Aamir Simms  
57.0 +2 Marcus Carr made floating jump shot 27-35
30.0   Shooting foul on Sam Freeman  
30.0 +1 Hunter Tyson made 1st of 2 free throws 28-35
30.0 +1 Hunter Tyson made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-35
3.0   Marcus Carr missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1.0   Defensive rebound by Hunter Tyson  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:44 +2 Daniel Oturu made layup, assist by Marcus Carr 29-37
19:17   Lost ball turnover on Tevin Mack, stolen by Payton Willis  
19:10 +2 Marcus Carr made layup 29-39
19:00   Aamir Simms missed layup, blocked by Daniel Oturu  
18:58   Defensive rebound by Marcus Carr  
18:54   Shooting foul on Al-Amir Dawes  
18:54   Gabe Kalscheur missed 1st of 2 free throws  
18:54 +1 Gabe Kalscheur made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-40
18:30   Aamir Simms missed hook shot, blocked by Daniel Oturu  
18:28   Defensive rebound by Daniel Oturu  
18:16   Shooting foul on Aamir Simms  
18:16   Daniel Oturu missed 1st of 2 free throws  
18:16   Daniel Oturu missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
18:16   Defensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
18:04   Shooting foul on Gabe Kalscheur  
18:04   John Newman III missed 1st of 2 free throws  
18:04 +1 John Newman III made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-40
17:37   Payton Willis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:35   Offensive rebound by Minnesota  
17:28 +3 Gabe Kalscheur made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Payton Willis 30-43
17:05   John Newman III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:03   Defensive rebound by Alihan Demir  
16:44 +2 Daniel Oturu made layup, assist by Gabe Kalscheur 30-45
16:25 +2 Curran Scott made fade-away jump shot 32-45
15:59 +3 Marcus Carr made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Payton Willis 32-48
15:46 +3 Hunter Tyson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al-Amir Dawes 35-48
15:23   Shooting foul on John Newman III  
15:23   Alihan Demir missed 1st of 2 free throws  
15:23 +1 Alihan Demir made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-49
15:08   Hunter Tyson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:06   Defensive rebound by Alihan Demir  
14:44 +2 Daniel Oturu made driving layup 35-51
14:28   Al-Amir Dawes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:26   Offensive rebound by John Newman III  
14:26   Hunter Tyson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:24   Defensive rebound by Michael Hurt  
14:24   Personal foul on John Newman III  
13:55   Shooting foul on Al-Amir Dawes  
13:55 +1 Marcus Carr made 1st of 2 free throws 35-52
13:55   Marcus Carr missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:55   Defensive rebound by Hunter Tyson  
13:41   Curran Scott missed jump shot  
13:39   Defensive rebound by Gabe Kalscheur  
13:26   Gabe Kalscheur missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:24   Defensive rebound by Hunter Tyson  
13:09 +2 Aamir Simms made hook shot, assist by Hunter Tyson 37-52
12:49   Shooting foul on Aamir Simms  
12:49 +1 Daniel Oturu made 1st of 2 free throws 37-53
12:49 +1 Daniel Oturu made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-54
12:41 +2 Tevin Mack made finger-roll layup 39-54
12:41   Shooting foul on Jarvis Omersa  
12:41   Tevin Mack missed free throw  
12:41   Defensive rebound by Alihan Demir  
12:28 +3 Michael Hurt made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Carr 39-57
12:11   Shooting foul on Payton Willis  
12:11   Tevin Mack missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:11   Tevin Mack missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
12:11   Defensive rebound by Daniel Oturu  
11:47   Daniel Oturu missed hook shot  
11:45   Defensive rebound by Khavon Moore  
11:37 +2 Curran Scott made driving layup, assist by Khavon Moore 41-57
11:20   Out of bounds turnover on Payton Willis  
11:19   Bad pass turnover on Hunter Tyson  
11:08   Michael Hurt missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:06   Defensive rebound by Khavon Moore  
11:00 +2 Khavon Moore made layup 43-57
10:35   Kicked ball violation on Clemson  
10:17 +2 Daniel Oturu made layup, assist by Marcus Carr 43-59
10:06   Personal foul on Marcus Carr  
9:58   Shooting foul on Gabe Kalscheur  
9:58 +1 Hunter Tyson made 1st of 2 free throws 44-59
9:58 +1 Hunter Tyson made 2nd of 2 free throws 45-59
9:33 +3 Payton Willis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Carr 45-62
9:16 +3 Hunter Tyson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Curran Scott 48-62
9:00   Marcus Carr missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:58   Defensive rebound by Hunter Tyson  
8:48   Hunter Tyson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:46   Defensive rebound by Marcus Carr  
8:22   Daniel Oturu missed jump shot  
8:20   Defensive rebound by Khavon Moore  
8:14 +2 Khavon Moore made floating jump shot 50-62
7:41 +2 Marcus Carr made driving layup 50-64
7:17   John Newman III missed hook shot  
7:15   Defensive rebound by Alihan Demir  
6:52 +3 Marcus Carr made 3-pt. jump shot 50-67
6:38   Khavon Moore missed jump shot, blocked by Daniel Oturu  
6:36   Defensive rebound by Marcus Carr  
6:27   Payton Willis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:25   Defensive rebound by John Newman III  
6:27   Personal foul on Daniel Oturu  
6:09   Shooting foul on Michael Hurt  
6:09 +1 Curran Scott made 1st of 2 free throws 51-67
6:09 +1 Curran Scott made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-67
5:53 +2 Michael Hurt made jump shot 52-69
5:37   Traveling violation turnover on John Newman III  
5:14 +2 Marcus Carr made finger-roll layup 52-71
5:00   Al-Amir Dawes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:58   Defensive rebound by Minnesota  
4:35   Marcus Carr missed layup, blocked by Trey Jemison  
4:33   Offensive rebound by Minnesota  
4:27   Shooting foul on Khavon Moore  
4:27 +1 Gabe Kalscheur made 1st of 3 free throws 52-72
4:27 +1 Gabe Kalscheur made 2nd of 3 free throws 52-73
4:27 +1 Gabe Kalscheur made 3rd of 3 free throws 52-74
4:10