Greenville, S.C. – Senior Devin Booker scored a team-high 15 points and Clemson used a 20-2 run to build a 41-24 halftime lead en route to a 72-55 victory over Furman before a crowd of 2,746 Friday evening on YP.com Court at Timmons Arena.
After a Charlie Reddick basket knotted the game at 12-12 with 11:59 to play in the first period, Clemson held Furman to just one field goal over the next 8:53 to take control of the game in its first appearance in Timmons Arena. Clemson's K.J. McDaniels buried six free throw attempts during the 20-2 spurt as the Tigers held the Paladins to 1-for-5 shooting from the floor and forced five turnovers during the stretch.
A pair dunks and a T.J. Sapp trey helped the Tigers opened the second half on a 10-3 run to fashion their largest lead of the ball game at 51-27 with 16:45 remaining. The Paladins connected on 11-of-16 second half free throws, but got no closer than the final 17-point margin as Clemson claimed its 29th consecutive victory in the series.
The Tigers (2-0) controlled the game by dominating the paint. Clemson out-rebounded Furman 31-24, outscored the Paladins 40-24 in the paint and posted a 29-5 margin on points off turnovers. Clemson also tallied 20 second chance points on the strength of 15 offensive rebounds.
Booker connected on 6-of-10 field goal attempts to score his 15 points in just 23 minutes of action while McDaniels and Damarcus Harrison added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Head coach Brad Brownell's squad shot 49.1% from the floor and made good on 14-of-20 trips to the charity stripe.
Freshman Stephen Croone drained 6-of-7 shots to pace the Paladins with a career-high 15 points. Senior Bryant Irwin netted 14 points while fellow senior Colin Reddick contributed 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in a career-high 36 minutes of action.
Furman (1-2) shot 46.2% from the field and made 17-of-26 free throw attempts, but the Paladins forced only eight turnovers and got just four points from their bench.
The Paladins cap a four-game homestand when they host NCAA Division II Brevard College of Monday night at Timmons Arena. Tip-off against the Tornados is set for 7 p.m.
Tickets for Monday night's game are available thru Ticketmaster at www.FurmanPaladins.com. Every ticket to a Furman men's basketball home game is an All-Inclusive Ticket, allowing fans free, unlimited trips to the concession stand for hamburgers, hotdogs, Pizza Hut Pizza, nachos and soft drinks.
All Furman men's basketball games during the 2012-13 season will be aired live on 103.3 WOLT-FM and 96.3 WGOG-FM. Each game will also be streamed live thru Stretch Audio at www.FurmanPaladins.com. Dan Scott will provide play-by-play with former Paladin guard Ron Smith handling color commentator duties.
Fans can follow live statistics of the game by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com.