The roller coaster ride that is Clemson Men’s Basketball had another high tonight. With every game there seems to be another big outing by someone besides Aamir Simms lately.

Sunday it was Alex Hemenway and tonight was no different. Tonight’s hero was Al-Amir Dawes. Dawes helped the Tigers snap a 3 game losing streak and helped the Tigers improve to 12-12 and 6-8 in conference. The Panthers fell to 15-10 and 6-8 in conference.

Dawes led the team with 18 poinys and also had 5 assists and 2 rebounds. Tevin Mack added 16 points, a team leading 9 rebounds, and 1 assist.

Aamir Simms had 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists while playing 28 minutes. He was returning from the flu that saw him lose 9lbs in 2 days.

Clyde Trapp ended the night with 3 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. Alex Hemenway followed up his career high game against Notre Dame with 8 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist on the night.

The Tigers shot 22 of 44 from the floor (50.0%), 13 of 22 from behind the 3 point line (59.1%), and 15 of 20 from the free throw line (75.0%). These are all much higher than their season averages and a huge reason for the 20 point difference on the scoreboard.

Not only did the Tigers play well on the offensive end of the court but were really stingy, as usual, on the defensive end of the court as well. They held Pitt to 15 of 48 from the floor (31.3%), 4 of 14 from behind the arc (28.6%), and 18 of 28 from the free throw line (64.3%) on the night.

This was a must win for Brownell’s young team and they got it in dominant fashion. The Tigers next game will be Saturday, when they return to LittleJohn for a 4pm contest with #5 Louisville on the ACC Network. The Cardinals (21-4, 12-2 ACC) lost to Georgia Tech(12-13, 6-8 ACC) last night 64-58

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