CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Brad Brownell was proud of the victory. He was even happier with the toughness his Tigers confirmed in breaking their demoralizing dropping streak.
Aamir Simms had 16 factors, Al-Amir Dawes added 15 and Clemson turned up the protection to beat No. 25 Louisville 54-50 on Wednesday evening.
“It’s been a tough eight or 9 days,” Brownell mentioned. “So it’s not solely the win, however the way in which we did it.”
The Tigers (10-4, 4-Four Atlantic Coast Convention) snapped their three-game dropping streak by holding Louisville (10-4, 5-3) to a season-low in factors and dynamic guard Carlik Jones to only 11 factors on 4-of-14 capturing.
“I believe everybody within the nation forgot the sort of protection we play,” mentioned Simms, the workforce’s main scorer and senior chief.
Simms confirmed that early on, blocking Dre Davis’ inside shot, chasing down the rebound from an ungainly place earlier than hitting a 3 on Clemson’s subsequent possession.
Simms clapped and exhorted his workforce to play with the fireplace it had in opening 9-1 and rising to No. 12 within the nation earlier than its current struggles – it had misplaced the three video games by a mean of 24 factors.
“We in all probability didn’t deal with being ranked excessive effectively,” Brownell mentioned.
The prospects of ending it towards the Cardinals and Jones appeared slim, too, with Louisville averaging higher than 70 factors.
Nevertheless, Clemson clamped down all through the competition.
Louisville coach Chris Mack mentioned the Tigers made it troublesome on Jones. “That they had guys within the lane when he received the ball there, they bodied him and rode him and put arms on him and also you’ve received to have the ability to play by means of contact,” he mentioned. “You give Clemson a whole lot of credit score. That they had a plan, they usually executed that plan defensively.”
Hunter Tyson’s jumper with 7:34 left put the Tigers up for good whereas Louisville couldn’t purchase a bucket because it missed six of its subsequent seven pictures.
When Dawes linked for his fourth 3-pointer of the sport with 2:51 left, Clemson had its greatest lead of the sport at 49-41.
Louisville closed to 49-45, however Simms transformed a three-point play to construct again the lead.
The Cardinals, who shot 32%, had their fewest factors in a sport this season.
Louisville got here in hoping to remain in that subsequent tier behind Virginia, excellent thus far within the league at 7-0. The Cardinals bounced again from two straight defeats with a win over Duke this previous Saturday and hoped to hold that momentum into Clemson.
However the Tigers have received the previous two conferences right here together with a 77-62 drubbing over then-No. 5 Louisville a season in the past.
THE BIG PICTURE
Louisville: Maybe the Cardinals ought to take a look at not taking part in at Clemson. It was the fourth straight defeat for Louisville on the highway towards the Tigers. Their solely win right here got here in Dec. 1973.
Clemson: What to make of the Tigers this season? They’ve rallied within the second half of all 4 of their ACC victories this season together with towards ranked opponents in Florida State and Louisville, the final after getting outplayed within the second halves of sizeable defeats to Virginia, Georgia Tech and the Seminoles.
Clemson’s Brownell mentioned Dawes, the workforce’s beginning sophomore guard, had struggled with a groin harm the previous few video games, capturing simply Three of 19 and a pair of of 12 on 3-pointers within the three defeats. Dawes felt higher on this one and it confirmed, Brownell mentioned. Dawes was Four of eight on threes on this one and reached double figures for the primary time prior to now six video games.
This sport was initially set for March Three till each workforce has to postpone contests with Boston School this week (Clemson on Tuesday, Louisville this coming Saturday) due to coronavirus issues throughout the Eagles program. So the ACC despatched the Cardinals South and freed up the March date for potential make up video games for each groups. Mack made no excuses saying his workforce has received in comparable conditions.
Louisville: Hosts Georgia Tech on Monday.
Clemson: At Duke on Saturday. —
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