The rollercoaster ride that has been the Clemson Men’s Basketball season is on a high again today after the Tiger’s upset win over fifth ranked Louisville. Not only did the Tigers win, but they did so in dominating fashion, leading at one point by 21 points in the second half.
Clemson stormed out to a huge halftime lead, and really never looked back, winning the game 77-62. John Newman III scored a career high 23 points, while bringing down 6 rebounds. Tevin Mack had a good outing, scoring 14 points, with 5 rebounds and 1 assist. Aamir Simms added 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Clyde Trapp had one of his better nights of late, with 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists. Al-Amir Dawes followed up his big night against Pitt with 7 points and 1 rebound, while Alex Hemenway had 8 points off the bench, hitting a couple of big shots.
The Tigers now have wins over two top five teams in the same season for the first time since the 1979-80 season, and just the fourth time overall. During that 1979-80 season the Tigers beat three top five teams in the UPI Coaches Poll.
They defeated #4 UNC and #1 Duke on consecutive Wednesday nights in January of 1980. Then in February of that season, the Tigers took down fifth ranked Maryland.
Today was a total team effort. The Tigers improve to 13-12 overall and 7-8 in the ACC. Louisville falls to 21-5 overall and 12-3 in the ACC. Next up, the Tigers hit the road, travelling to Chestnut Hill next Saturday to take on Boston College at 6pm.