K.J. McDaniels and Rod Hall led the Clemson Men’s Basketball team to a big home victory over the visiting Miami Hurricanes on Tuesday night. The Tigers won by a final score of 58-54 to improve to 19-10 (10-7). The Hurricanes fell to 15-15 (6-11) with the loss. McDaniels scored 12 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and had one block. Other key contributors for the Tigers were Rod Hall with 14 points, Damarcus Harrison with 12 points, and Adonis Filer coming in strong off the bench with 8 points. The Hurricanes were led by Rion Brown with 21 points and Erik Swoope with 14 points.
The Tigers were able to find some consistent scoring besides K.J. McDaniels on Tuesday night and they were able to come out with a win. When the Tigers are able to score through people other than McDaniels they are a more dynamic team and are able to push the ball and take more shots. The Tigers were noticeably pushing the ball after Miami’s missed shots on Tuesday and this led to better shots and easier scoring opportunities for the Tigers. The Hurricanes played several different defenses against the Tigers but they were able to find ways to score against all of them. Both teams shot well in the game with Clemson shooting 47% from the field and Miami shooting 50% from the field. Clemson was able to win the rebounding battle 31-23 and this was key in limiting Miami’s second chance opportunities.
With this win the Tigers keep themselves in the conversation for an NCAA Tournament bid. Clemson has not gotten a lot of love from the experts because of their extremely weak out of conference schedule and there is still a lot of work to be done. However, the Tigers have an opportunity in their next game as they play another bubble team in Pittsburgh. If the Tigers are able to win against Pitt and play well in the ACC Tournament then they will have a chance to go to the Big Dance. The next game for the Tigers is the final of the regular season and they will tip off on Saturday at 4 p.m. against the Panthers in Littlejohn Coliseum.