Clemson was able to hang around with the Golden Gophers for awhile, but the undermanned and undersized Tigers just didn’t have enough to compete on this night, falling to Minnesota 78-60. Even with star big man Daniel Oturu in early foul trouble, Clemson couldn’t take advantage. Oturu still finished with 21 points on 9-11 shooting, despite playing with 3 and 4 fouls all of the second half. The Tigers just have no one capable of defending him.
Minnesota shot 54% from the field and 36% from three, hitting 8 of their 22 from beyond the arc. Clemson shot 46% but was just 2-11 from three (18%), and that just won’t get it done against a team like this.
Hunter Tyson led the team with 12 points, shooting 3-6 from the floor and 2-5 from three. Aamir Simms pitched in with 11 points, but shot just 4-10. Curran Scott added 10, on 4-5 shooting. The Tigers got just 2 points from Tevin Mack, as the grad transfer was mostly invisible in this one, shooting just 1-4.
Clemson drops to 5-3 on the season and will next travel to Tallahassee Sunday afternoon to take on FSU. Tipoff is scheduled for 2pm and the game will be televised on the ACC Network.