The month of February is here and Clemson men’s basketball has started off the month great going 3-0 this past week with games against Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and most notably, a 59-51 win over No. 11 Virginia Tech this past Saturday.
Shelton Mitchell hit a career-high five three-pointers in the first half, on his way to a 22-point performance in the win over the Hokies. Marcquise Reed was second on the team in scoring with 15.
Clemson’s defense has been impressive throughout the last few contests, and that trend continued on Saturday against a Virginia Tech team that ranked No. 3 in three point shooting. Virginia Tech only shot 22.3 percent from three-point range in the second half. Eli Thomas said recently that Brad Brownell basketball is defense.
“If we want to win, we’ve gotta abide to his rules and play defense better and talk more and just be a ferocious team like we were last year,” Thomas said.
Clemson is starting to find their stride at the right time here in the month of February and that will need to continue if they’re going to make a bid for the postseason.
Thursday night update (6:30 p.m.): Clemson’s postseason took a major hit with a 65-64 buzzer beater loss on the road against Miami last night. Clemson will look to bounce back against Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center at noon Saturday.
Women’s basketball splits week with contests against Wake Forest and North Carolina last week, faces Florida State on Valentine's Day
Amanda Butler’s team has been through a tough stretch in ACC play, but it’s starting to clear up a bit for the Lady Tigers. Last week, Clemson defeated Wake Forest 69-53 on the road on Thursday. Aliyah Collier picked up a double-double for the seventh time in nine games in the win.
Clemson fell to North Carolina on Sunday 70-64 in a hard fought game as Danielle Edwards led the way in scoring with 26 points in the losing effort.
Thursday night update (11 p.m.): The Tigers defeated No. 21/19 Florida State 73-68 thanks to some critical shots down the stretch to secure the win. Clemson’s record sits at 16-9 overall and 7-5 in ACC play. Clemson will play on the road at Boston College on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Other scores/news of interest
Men’s tennis defeated Binghamton 4-1 and Army 4-0 this past Sunday.
Clemson baseball will begin the season on Friday at 3 p.m. due to forecasted inclement weather (originally scheduled for 4 p.m.) with a 3-game series against South Alabama. Saturday’s game will begin 3 p.m. while Sunday’s game begins at 1 p.m.
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