NICEVILLE, Fla. — Clemson University men’s basketball led wire-to-wire against California in its second game of the Emerald Coast Classic and won 67-59 on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers (5-2) were led by Emerald Coast Classic All-Tournament Team member Chase Hunter (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) who finished with a team-high-tying 14 points. Hunter also totaled seven assists and two steals, while shooting 5-for-10 from the floor and 3-for-6 from distance.
Hunter Tyson (Monroe, N.C./Piedmont) co-led with 14 points of his own to go along with five rebounds. Ben Middlebrooks (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Westminster) finished with a game-high eight rebounds to go along with six points.
Alex Hemenway (Newburgh, Ind./Castle) closed the game with seven points and a career-best six rebounds, including two assists. Off the Tiger bench, PJ Hall (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) found his way back into double figures with 10 points.
The Tigers’ Brevin Galloway (Anderson, S.C./Seneca) also reached double figures with 13 points.
Clemson led 31-28 following the opening stanza of play but began the second period on a 15-2 run to blow the game open and eventually cruise to the eight-point victory.
The Tigers return to the court on Tuesday, Nov. 29 when they host Penn State in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game is set for 7 p.m. from Littlejohn Coliseum and will air on ESPNU.
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Notes: Clemson improves to 5-2 this season … the Tigers even its record against California to 1-1 all-time … Head Coach Brad Brownell recorded his 390th career victory and now stands 11 shy of the coveted 400-win plateau … Alex Hemenway recorded a career-high six rebounds against the Golden Bears … Chase Hunter was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 17.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game … Hunter shot 48.0 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from three … Hunter Tyson played in his 113th game for Clemson, just 22 from becoming the all-time games played leader in Clemson history … Brevin Galloway added 13 points against California and now has 960 career points – just 40 away from 1,000 for his career.