CLEMSON, SC - The Tigers have had some blowout wins recently, but it had to be good for Brad Brownell to see them be able to gut out a close one after what they've gone through this season. Reed scored a career-high 31 points--his second 30-point game of the season--and had 5 steals, 3 of which led to fast break layups. It was easily Reed's best of game of the season, and it came when the Tigers needed it most. They improve to 6-8 in the ACC and are hanging on by their claws for the NCAA Tourney.
Eli Thomas didn't pick up a foul until there were less than 7 minutes left in the game, playing 33 minutes. He played 34 minutes in the FSU game this week. The Tigers are a much better team when he plays 30 minutes or more. Skara, Reed and company did a superb job limiting prolific scorer Ky Bowman in the first half--he was just 1-7 from the field for 3 points in the first half. The third-leading scorer in the ACC eventually got his 17 points, but the Tigers kept him from taking over the game, as he has done so many times.
Reed could have scored 33 points, but he gave Trapp a dunk in the final 30 seconds for his only score of the game and an exclamation point for the crowd, demonstrating Reed's unselfishness. The Tigers are at Pitt on Wednesday and come back home for a huge game with No.8 UNC, which just clobbered Duke in Cameron, next Saturday.
Post-game interviews with Brownell, Reed and Simms are below! Don't forget to keep right here for the baseball doubleheader as well!
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