Aamir Simms picked right up where he left off on Sunday night, putting together his most complete game of the season to date. The only problem was he got very little help on the offensive end. The Tigers played well enough defensively and led for most of the game, but a late 9-0 run by the Buffaloes erased a 12 point deficit and sparked Colorado to a 71-67 win.
Simms tied a career high with 23 points, shooting 7-14 from the floor and 2-5 from three. The rest of the team only shot 13-35 from the field. John Newman III pitched in with 16, shooting 4-8 from the floor and 2-3 from three. Tevin Mack had 11, but never could get anything going, hitting on just 3 of his 11 shots.
If you believe in moral victories, this was one. Clemson looked like the better team much of the night, despite not getting great shooting nights from most guys. As disappointing as the loss is, it is an encouraging sign in a season in which not much was expected from this team. Going out to Vegas and splitting against two Top 50 teams is a good sign, as is this team sitting at 5-2 at this point in the season.
Next up for the Tigers is the ACC/B1G Challenge. Clemson will hit the road to take on Minnesota on Monday night, Tipoff is set for 9pm and the game will be televised by ESPN2,