Clemson vs Long Beach State

Smith, Stitt guide No. 19 Clemson past Long Beach State wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For Demontez Stitt, sharing is the key to Clemson's success.

Tanner Smith scored 17 points and Stitt had 16 points and five assists to lead No. 19 Clemson to an 87-79 victory over Long Beach State in the 76 Classic on Friday at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Andre Young added 13 points and Trevor Booker had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers (5-1), who shot 57.6 percent and scored 20 points off turnovers.

"If we spread the floor, play as one and move the ball from side to side, teams can't focus on one player," said Stitt, one of six Tigers who scored in double figures.

T.J. Robinson scored a career-high 25 points and tied a career high with 15 rebounds for the 49ers (3-3), who have lost three of four.

Long Beach's Casper Ware had 20 points and tied a tournament single-game record with 10 assists. Eugene Phelps added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

"I really thought that Casper, T.J. and Gene were some of the best athletes on the floor," 49ers coach Dan Monson said. "But we just didn't have enough help for them."

Clemson led 30-29 when David Potter scored three lay-ins in 52 seconds to put the Tigers ahead 36-29 with 1:49 left in the first half. Clemson then began the second half with a 7-0 spurt in the first 41 seconds to build a 45-34 lead.

"The defense got us the lead with our pressure," Tigers coach Oliver Purnell said. "Offensively, we got a bunch of shots going to the basket, and we took our jump shots off of that. We really attacked in the lane."

Long Beach narrowed its deficit to 61-60 with 8:55 to play. But a 6-0 run in a span of 1:06 extended the Tigers' advantage to 67-60 with 7:33 remaining.

"They came in waves," Monson said. "We got to 61-60 and it seemed like we got fatigued. Our bench isn't deep enough and experienced enough."

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Clemson's Demontez Stitt scores 16 points and dishes out five assists to pace the No. 19 Tigers.  (AP)
Clemson's Demontez Stitt scores 16 points and dishes out five assists to pace the No. 19 Tigers. (AP)
Clemson #19 (5-1) «384987
Long Beach State (3-3)344579
CLEM:Tanner Smith 17 Pts
CLEM:Trevor Booker 7 Reb
CLEM:Demontez Stitt 5 Ast
LBST:T.J. Robinson 25 Pts
LBST:T.J. Robinson 15 Reb
LBST:Casper Ware 10 Ast

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Long Beach StateClemson
T.J. Robinson
Tanner Smith
Clemson Tigers
D. Stitt, G317-140-035416
T. Smith, G287-112-262017
B. Narcisse, F245-50-041510
T. Booker, F236-90-073412
D. Potter, F224-92-262411
A. Young, G255-102-225413
D. Booker, F-C174-40-25028
M. Jennings, F160-20-03120
N. Johnson, G50-10-00010
D. Hill, G40-10-00100
Z. Anderson, GDid Not Play
C. Baciu, CDid Not Play
J. Baize, FDid Not Play
J. Grant, F-CDid Not Play
K. Petrukonis, CDid Not Play
Totals 38-666-836202687
Long Beach State 49ers
C. Ware, G396-127-11210220
T. Robinson, F379-137-12150325
S. Gilling, G354-110-010112
E. Phelps, F335-132-3101412
L. Anderson, G310-51-41441
G. Plater, G223-63-45109
K. Richardson, F20-00-00010
A. Fleming, C10-00-00000
J. King, GDid Not Play
A. Lazdauskas, FDid Not Play
J. Montgomery, FDid Not Play
B. Nevens, GDid Not Play
L. Chang, FDid Not Play
S. Starkey, G-FDid Not Play
M. Vantrimpont, CDid Not Play
T. Wilson, GDid Not Play
J. Woodard, GDid Not Play
Totals 27-6020-3434161579
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N. Carolina14-433-75
Florida St.12-626-914
Notre Dame12-626-1023
Va. Tech10-822-1148
Miami (Fla.)10-821-1242
Wake Forest9-919-1439
Georgia Tech8-1021-16106
NC State4-1415-17141
Boston College2-169-23219

Big West
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UC Irvine12-421-15133
UC Davis11-523-13166
CSNorthridge 7-911-19313
Cal Poly6-1011-20296
UC Riverside5-117-21330
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MU 79 Final
Michigan 65
Tx A&M 66 Final
W Virg 73
UConn 59 Final
CLMB 60 Final
Syracuse 85
C of Char 69 Final
Tenn 86
TNTC 75 Final
Kansas 112
Florida 77 Final
Mich St 74
Nwstern 72 Final
ND 58
PORT 61 Final
Minn 56
Utah 60 Final
Illinois 58
UCLA 67 Final
Butler 69