ELI FLIRTS WITH PERFECTION AND CLEMSON STIFLES WAKE FOREST 64-37
- 2019-02-03 15:26:24
CLEMSON, SC - The Tigers tied their fewest points allowed under Brad Brownell against an ACC opponent on Sunday, beating Wake Forest 64-37 for their second straight blowout win. It was the second-fewest Brownell has allowed in his tenure against all opponents.
Eli Thomas was sensational, scoring 23 points, 3 shy of his career high, and he was one shot away from perfection, going 10-11 from the field and 3-3 from the FT line. Reed and Mitchell combined to go 1-6 from beyond the arc , but the other players picked up the slack from outside. Freshman John Newman was 2-2 from the arc--the first time he's made multiple 3's in a game--and the Tigers also got 3's from Simms, Skara and Lyles Davis, who received the biggest roar of the game from the crowd. They were chanting for the former walk-on (the senior was awarded a scholarship a few weeks ago thanks to the transfer of A.J. Oliver) to come into the game, and shortly after they got their wish, he drained a deep three-pointer for his first field goal of the season.
Freshman guard Sharone Wright, Jr., the son of the former Clemson star and #6 draft pick by the 76ers, struggled in his debut at his dad's old arena. He was 0-8 with one point. The Tigers also shut out Brandon Childress, son of ACC legend Randolph Childress, who came in averaging 16 points per game. He was 0-11 with no points. I'll have more in a bit. Post-game interviews and highlights are below!
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