Clemson vs Gonzaga

Gonzaga shakes off slow first half to beat Clemson


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Gonzaga forward Kelly Olynyk played a major role in his first game of the season.

Olynyk and Elias Harris each scored 13 points to help No. 17 Gonzaga beat Clemson 57-49 in a first round game Thursday night at the Old Spice Classic.

"It was a very good win for us," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "We haven't been in a grinder yet, and we need to experience that. We need to experience being successful in an evironment like that."

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Olynyk was in the starting lineup after missing the previous three games due to a violation of the student code of conduct. The redshirt junior, who had his first two shots blocked, also had three rebounds.

"It was a little different," Olynyk said about his initial two shots. "It was kind of like an awakening, but it was good for me. Just tried to pick it up from there."

Olynyk played 24 minutes.

"I was just out there trying to play," Olynyk said. "Trying to play my game. It was tough at first for me, just getting back into the swing of things."

Clemson got 10 points from Adonis Filer. Milton Jennings had six points and eight rebounds.

"A disappointing loss because of how hard we played," Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. "The guys did a really good job of getting the tempo we wanted. Gonzaga is a great team. Very talented, and they're very smart. They can play a lot of different ways."

Sam Dower had 11 points for Gonzaga (4-0), which will go against Oklahoma in Friday's semifinals. Clemson (2-1) will face Texas-El Paso in the loser's bracket.

David Stockton had an end-to-end layup, while Kevin Pangos and Harris added in-close baskets as Gonzaga went ahead 47-39 with 6 1-2 minutes to play.

Harris' 3-point play two minutes later made it 50-41.

Stockton had a career-high seven assists, Harris pulled down nine rebounds.

Olynyk scored four points during a 6-0 run that saw Gonzaga go up 31-30 early in the second half. Olynyk had another basket and Guy Landry Edi added a dunk as the Zags grabbed a 37-33 lead with 12 minutes remaining.

Clemson took a 24-23 advantage at the half, which had eight lead changes and three ties.

Gonzaga had the final five points in the first half, including a buzz-beating tip-in by Olynyk.

Damarcus Harrison's 3-pointer gave Clemson a 24-18 lead two minutes before the break. The Tigers scored the first four points of the game and went up 8-5 on a Rod Hall basket.

Pangos' layup put Gonzaga ahead 11-10 with nine minutes left in the first half. The Zags missed 9 of their first 10 shots, and went 9 for 27 (33 percent) during the opening half.

Clemson was 10 of 29 (34.5 percent) from the floor over the first 20 minutes. The Tigers also struggled during the second half, making just 8 of 29 shots.

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Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk, left, and Guy Landry Edi pressure Clemson's Devin Booker on Thursday. (US Presswire)
Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk, left, and Guy Landry Edi pressure Clemson's Devin Booker on Thursday. (US Presswire)
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Gonzaga #17 (4-0) «233457
CLEM:A. Filer 10 Pts
CLEM:M. Jennings 8 Reb
CLEM:M. Jennings 5 Ast
GONZAG:E. Harris 13 Pts
GONZAG:E. Harris 9 Reb
GONZAG:D. Stockton 7 Ast

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Milton Jennings
Elias Harris
Clemson Tigers
M. Jennings, F352-102-28556
R. Hall, G281-51-21103
D. Booker, F-C191-33-56035
K. McDaniels, F193-71-24138
T. Sapp, G120-30-00200
D. Harrison, G222-70-01115
A. Filer, G204-120-021110
J. Roper, G203-60-01118
L. Nnoko, C120-30-05030
J. Smith, F92-20-02014
B. Sullivan, F40-00-01010
D. Coleman, GDid Not Play
C. Fields, GDid Not Play
J. Blossomgame, FDid Not Play
Totals 18-587-1131121949
Gonzaga Bulldogs
K. Pangos, G374-90-00119
E. Harris, F325-103-494213
G. Bell Jr., G312-60-03134
K. Olynyk, F245-93-430413
G. Landry Edi, F172-60-04115
D. Stockton, G231-10-13702
S. Dower, C204-63-420011
P. Karnowski, C90-00-23010
M. Hart, G40-00-02010
K. Dranginis, G30-00-02010
D. Barham, GDid Not Play
R. Bakamus, GDid Not Play
Totals 23-479-1531141457
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N. Carolina4-215-42
Georgia Tech3-210-8137
Boston College3-313-664
NC State3-313-673
Notre Dame3-313-660
Miami (Fla.)2-313-422
Va. Tech2-313-585
Florida St.2-413-546
Wake Forest1-58-10131

West Coast
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Saint Marys7-018-239
San Diego4-313-6149
Santa Clara4-37-12272
San Fran.2-510-10185
Other games
MIZZ 78 Final
DUKE 89 Final
MEMP 65 Final
VCU 78
LOU 51 Final