Clemson earns revenge against Coastal Carolina

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 CLEMSON, S.C. — Friday afternoon, Clemson coach Brad Brownell had some very special pregame viewing for his team.

The featured presentation? Film of Coastal Carolina's 69-46 whipping of Clemson last December.

The Big South member Chanticleers outplayed and outclassed the ACC's Tigers in Conway's HTC Center, and Brownell didn't want his team to forget it.

"It was more to remind them of how focused Coastal could be, how hard they play," Brownell said. "They're a very physical team. I let the guys know they have to be ready for a physical battle."

Clemson (6-1) received Brownell's message, loud and clear. The Tigers scored the game's first 13 points and cruised to a 69-40 victory at Littlejohn Coliseum.

"We took that as a learning experience," said junior forward K.J. McDaniels, who scored a game-high 22 points, adding seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks. "We knew this team was going to come in and play as hard as they could. So we knew we had to come in and lay it down on them."

The Chanticleers (2-5) missed their first 11 shots from the field before Josh Cameron's short jumper with 10:35 left in the half.

"I think our guys just locked in on defense," Brownell said. "You hold a team and they don't score in the beginning, the basket looks a little smaller the longer it goes. The longer you hold them on zero, it's hard for them to make one."

Coastal coach Cliff Ellis said his team just "wasn't a match" for Clemson.

"They beat us in pretty much every facet of the game," he said. "I'm very impressed with Clemson. They're long, and their length bothered us. Their shot-blocking really bothered us."

Clemson held a 33-21 halftime lead following a mostly dominant first half.

McDaniels' 3-pointer from the top of the key pushed Clemson's lead to 33-13 with 2:17 remaining, but the Tigers were scoreless the rest of the half. Wilson's 3-point play with 1.7 seconds left capped an 8-0 end-of-half run. The Chanticleers shot just 29 percent from the field while Clemson shot 37.8 percent and made 5 of 16 3-pointers.

Coastal closed to within 35-25 with 15:32 left, but Clemson sealed the game with an 11-2 run ignited by a McDaniels jumper and a McDaniels steal and feed to Rod Hall for a dunk. Back-to-back jumpers by Coleman and McDaniels extended the lead to 46-27 with 11:26 to play.

McDaniels said Brownell provided a much-needed boost in the half's first media timeout.

"When we get to the huddle, the things we say in the huddle are very important," he said. "And that helps us go out there and play a little harder, every time."

The Chanticleers didn't get closer than 19 points the rest of the way as Clemson emptied its bench.

Devin Coleman added 14 points for his second consecutive double-figure scoring game and played a season-high 28 minutes. Normal starting guard Jordan Roper sat with a concussion suffered Sunday in the final of the Charleston Classic against UMass, opening up minutes for Coleman.

Coleman played just 20 total minutes and went scoreless in the first five games while coming back from a torn Achilles tendon that forced him to redshirt last season. But he scored 10 points in Clemson's unsuccessful second half rally against UMass.


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