Clemson hosted Colgate on Sunday afternoon in Littlejohn Coliseum and came away with a 81-68 win. On the surface, this looks like a decent win for the Tigers, as the Raiders were a NCAA Tournament team last season after winning the Patriot League, and are the favorites to win it again this season.

Colgate has two bigs that can beat you inside or step out and beat you from beyond the arc and is the kind of team that can present undersized Clemson with some matchup issues if they aren’t shooting the ball well. However, the Tigers did shoot it well, and came away with the win.

Tevin Mack led the way for Clemson with 17 points on 7-11 shooting, including 3-7 from three. He also had 9 boards and 5 steals. Al Amir Dawes, the freshman point guard, pitched in with 16, and had 4 assists.

Aamir Simms had 12 points and 8 rebounds, with 4 of those coming on the offensive glass. Chase Hunter added 10 points on 4-6 shooting, giving the Tigers 4 players in double figures.

Overall the Tigers shot 52% from the field and hit on 30% of their 3 point attempts. Colgate shot well themselves, hitting on 46% of their field goal attempts. The difference was down low, where Clemson outscored the Raiders 46-26 in the paint. Colgate also had 18 turnovers, which the Tigers converted into 30 points.

All in all, a good win. How good remains to be seen. If this Colgate team is as good as they are supposed to be, this might be looked back on as a good win against a solid mid major. Either way, the Tigers shooting well for a second straight game is an encouraging sign.

Clemson will get the next few days off, as they do not play again until next Sunday. They will welcome the University of Detroit Mercy to town. That is a private Roman Catholic school located in Detroit. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm and the game will be televised on ACCNE.

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