Clemson Trio Proves Too Much for Dogs in 92-51 Win
CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson's Adonis Filer netted a game-high 21 points and the supporting cast of Jordan Roper and Damarcus Harrison added 13 and 10 points, respectively, as Clemson earned a 92-51 victory over The Citadel on Tuesday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Filer finished a perfect 7-for-7 from the field, knocking down four from beyond the arc, with his only failed attempt coming from the free throw line, where he finished 3-4. Roper was 6-of-10 in the contest and dished out two assists to go along with two rebounds. Harrison (4-8) was one of five Clemson starters to hit four or more field goals in the game.
That trio led a Clemson unit that finished 35-of-57 (61.4%) from the floor and 6-of-14 (42.9%) from 3-point range. The Tigers (8-4) forced 25 Citadel turnovers which they converted into 44 points and finished with a 44-24 edge in points in the paint.
Meanwhile, The Citadel (3-8) took advantage of 13 points by Mike Groselle and 11 points from reserve Dylen Setzekorn. Groselle finished 6-of-7 from the field to go along with four rebounds, but it was Setzekorn's 5-of-8 shooting off the bench that sparked the Bulldogs offense.
The Citadel eclipsed the 50 percent mark for the sixth time this season, hitting 20-of-40 from the floor. The Bulldogs also enjoyed a 66.7 percent (8-12) performance from the free throw line, led by Matt Van Scyoc who knocked down 5-of-6.
Facing a 47-27 deficit entering the break, Groselle became the focal point of The Citadel offense with a pair of layups to open the second half. Clemson answered with scores by Devin Booker and Harrison to keep the margin at 20 before Ashton Moore drained a 3-pointer from the right wing to trim the margin to 51-34.
With the Bulldogs gaining momentum following Moore's second bucket, Clemson responded with a 6-0 run to move in front 60-36.
Groselle and Setzekorn answered with back-to-back scores for the Bulldogs, making for a 60-40 difference, before witnessing a 15-7 Tigers run that pushed the margin to 75-47.
A layup by Groselle at the 7:48 mark briefly halted the Clemson outburst as the Tigers rattled off the next 17 unanswered points to assume a 92-49 advantage. Moore ended the skid with a jumper with 14 seconds left to play to make for the final margin.
Setzekorn led The Citadel lineup with nine points at the intermission, hitting all four field goal attempts, including a 3-pointer, in nine minutes of action. Teammate Quinton Marshall added seven points, all in the final two minutes of the first half, highlighted by a 3-pointer on a pass from Groselle.
The Bulldogs closed the half by hitting 9-of-19 (47.4%) from the floor and 7-of-9 (77.8%) at the free throw line. The Citadel dominated the glass with 15 rebounds, including 11 defensively, led by Elmore's four boards.
Clemson built the 20-point lead at the break behind the offensive performances of Bernard Sullivan (14 points), Jordan Roper (8 points) and Damarcus Harrison (6 points). The Tigers converted 19-of-30 (63.3%) of their field goals, including four from long distance, while hitting 5-of-8 (62.5%) from the charity stripe.
The Tigers took advantage of 13 Citadel turnovers to close with a decisive 25-4 edge in points off turnovers. Clemson also outscored the Dogs 24-12 in the paint, but was unable to provide an anecdote for The Citadel bench that scored 16 points.
Four points in the early going by Roper provided the Tigers with an 8-3 lead at the 16:30 mark, which quickly evaporated when The Citadel answered with six straight points to move in front 9-8. In that run, the Bulldogs took advantage of four points by Van Scyoc and two from Setzekorn to assume their first lead with 13:24 remaining.
The Tigers regained the lead on an acrobatic layup by Flier which was quickly answered by Setzekorn who recorded a driving layup to move the Dogs back in front 11-10.
Setzekorn continued his hot shooting as he registered the next five points singlehandedly for the Bulldogs. It was not enough to counter a 15-5 Clemson run that included five points by Filer and four each from the tandem of Landry Nnoko and Harrison, as the Tigers built a 25-16 lead.
Van Scyoc drew a foul in the paint by Harrison and converted a pair of free throws to pull The Citadel within seven, 25-18, with 7:25 remaining.
With their defense in lockdown mode, Clemson's offense put together a 13-0 run over the next 4:35 of the contest to establish a 39-18 lead. During the stretch the Tigers were paced by the tandem of Milton Jennings and Rod Hall, who scored five and four points, respectively, in that stretch.
Marshall Harris III found Groselle in the point to end the scoreless drought and following the final seven points of the half off the hand of Marshall, The Citadel trailed 47-27 as both teams headed to the lockerroom.
The Citadel makes its return to McAlister Field House on Saturday evening when the Bulldogs host Western Carolina in the first of four straight Southern Conference contests. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.