HONOLULU — Hawaii’s Zane Johnson might have located his missing long-range shooting stroke.
Johnson hit six 3-pointers and finished with 27 points as Hawaii beat Clemson 75-68 on Sunday in the fifth-place game of the Diamond Head Classic.
Johnson finished 8 of 14 from the field, with four of his 3-pointers coming over the first 13 minutes of the second half.
“Johnson is a really good player, and we didn’t do what we were supposed to do in the game guarding him,” said Clemson coach Brad Brownell. “We let him get going, and when he plays like that, they’re hard to beat.”
Clemson used full-court pressure late to make it interesting. The Tigers scored six in a row to get within 69-64 with 35 seconds left.
“Nobody wanted to give up,” said Clemson guard Rod Hall, a former Laney star who had four points and two assists. “We just wanted to fight till the last minute.”
Clemson played without forward Milton Jennings, who was serving a one-game suspension for arguing with Brownell during the Tigers’ 83-75 overtime victory Friday over Southern Illinois.
Devin Booker added 13 points and seven rebounds, and Tanner Smith had 12 points for Clemson, which was 12 of 33 from the field in the second half.
NO. 14 XAVIER 87, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 77
In Honolulu, Tu Holloway was feeling the Christmas spirit.
Sporting green and white shoes with red laces, Holloway poured in 21 points to lead Xavier to a victory over Southern Illinois in the seventh-place game of the Diamond Head Classic.
The Musketeers snapped a three-game skid, winning for the first time since Dec. 10, when they beat Cincinnati in a game cut short in the closing seconds by brawling and mayhem on the court.
Mark Lyons had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Musketeers (9-3). Andre Walker and Travis Taylor added 13 apiece for Xavier, which made 36 of 48 free throws.