Nov 17, 2001
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands – Clemson sophomore guard Tony Stockman hit seven three pointers and scored 23 points as the Clemson men’s basketball team opened the season with a 70-57 victory over Morris Brown in the first round of the Paradise Jam at the University of the Virgin Islands Sport and Fitness Center late Saturday.
Stockman connected on seven of 13 three-point shots in an 8-15 overall effort from the floor. He also dished six assists to go with three steals and just one turnover in 32 minutes of action. Sophomore Dwon Clifton added two three-pointers as Clemson finished with nine threes as a team. Clifton scored eight points on the night. Ray Henderson was the only other Tiger in double figures. He scored 14 points on 6-11 shooting and had 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Stockman hit a three to open the game and Clemson went up to an early 5-2 lead before Morris Brown tied the game 7-7. Clemson responded by hitting three threes fueling a 17-4 run that put the Tigers up for good. Clemson managed a 13-point lead at intermission. The lead grew to as many as 20 points in the second half before Morris Brown forced a young Tiger lineup into three turnovers in the final two minutes to pull within 13 at the final buzzer.
Morris Brown was led by guard Jamaal Turner who scored 15 points, all in the second half. Akiem Claborn, who was injured with about 10 minutes to play in the first half and did not returned, had 11 points for the Wolverines.
Clemson was 25-59 on the night for 42.4 percent compared to 42.2 percent on 19-45 shooting for the Wolverines. The Tigers also won the rebound battle, taking a 41-24 advantage on the boards. Clemson had 19 offensive rebounds and turned them into 15 second-chance points. Each team had 15 turnovers, but the Tigers had 15 assists compared to five by Morris Brown.
Thirteen Tigers played in the game, but only eight scored as the team scored 23 points off the bench. Clemson scored 28 points in the paint.
Clemson will next meet La Salle on Monday at 5:30 PM in the second round of the Paradise Jam.
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