It took a little time for Clemson to find their rhythm inside the arc but they were able to create turnovers, push the tempo, and knockdown several 3-pointers to start the game. It started to open up the defense for the Tigers midway through the half. That trend seemed to continue throughout, as Clemson went 8-for-17 from behind the arc and 49 percent from the floor. John Newman led the way with 13 first-half points, while Curran Scott came off the bench for 11 points (three 3-pointers). Chris Martin scored seven points, while J.C. Younger led the way with 8 points for Presbyterian.
Halftime: Clemson 43 – Presbyterian 21
The Tigers continued to move the ball well and attack. After knocking down several perimeter shots, Clemson used a balanced attack inside and out, continuing to increase their lead and eventually taking care of business. Tevin Mack and Chase Hunter played well in the second half, combining for 15 points.
Final: Clemson 79 – Presbyterian 45
John Newman III (Clemson): Newman kicked off the game and set the pace for Clemson early on, scoring 13 first-half points. His outside shot was falling all night, going 3-for-5 from behind the arc but also showing his ability to initiate offense or play off the ball. Newman continues to grow his overall game and with his versatility on the floor at 6’5, he really can score in an array of ways and his confidence is only growing.
Chris Martin (Presbyterian): As a freshman, Martin was only learning the game but now, he is starting at point guard for the Blue Hose. He is looking to make the most of his opportunity. Still, only a sophomore and developing, Martin is a strong lead guard for Presbyterian. He plays with great pace, displays his strength with the ball and dealing with contact, as well as attacking. Against Clemson, he finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists, as well as getting to the free-throw line. In a tough overall night for Presbyterian, Martin has a few bright spots for his team.
Tevin Mack (Clemson): Mack played really well and will need to for Clemson this year. A bruising 6’6, 227-pound guard/forward, Mack plays with experience and you just have to like what he brings to the table for this team. He has a great presence on the floor and is a good defender, as well as knowing how to score at all three levels. It can be tough for defenders to slow him down with how physical he plays, as well as being able to knock down outside jumpers.