Dec 22, 2001
By JACOB JORDANAssociated Press Writer
CLEMSON, S.C. – Thomas Nagys scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half to lead Clemson to a 82-45 win against Charleston Southern on Saturday.
Clemson (7-4) controlled the game from the start and led 41-24 at halftime.
Charleston Southern (3-6) was led by Gene Granger who had 11 points, but they all came in the first half.
Clemson’s up-tempo style in the beginning of the second half helped them to easy baskets on a 16-8 run that sealed the win. During the run, Tony Stockman’s sweet pass through traffic found a wide-open Nagys for a dunk.
The Tigers led by as many as 40 points in the second half and the Buccaneers never threatened.
Clemson’s 3-point shooting improved against the Buccaneers. They were 9-for-15. They had been struggling from 3-point range, hitting just 20 percent from behind the arc for the season. At least five different Tigers hit 3-pointers.
Clemson was 6-for-11 from 3-point range in the first half. They shot 55.6 percent (30-for-54) from the field for the game.
Clemson’s intense defense forced Charleston Southern to take bad shots as the Buccaneers struggled hitting just 33.3 percent (9-for-27) from the field in the first half. They shot just 20 percent in the second half.
Clemson has never lost to Charleston Southern. The Tigers have won by at least 10 points in every contest.
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