Clemson cruises past UNC-Asheville

Clemson cruises past UNC-Asheville
Source: Live 5

CLEMSON, SC (AP) - Marcquise Reed drilled five 3-pointers and scored 19 points to help Clemson knock off UNC Asheville 83-52 on Sunday.
    
The Tigers (7-1) shot 52 percent from the field and also got 17 points and 10 rebounds from Donte Grantham. Point guard Shelton Mitchell scored his fewest points (6) since the season opener on Nov. 10 but he dished out six assists, which ties his season-high.
    
Ahmad Thomas had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (5-3), who shot 34 percent and turned the ball over 16 times, which turned into 19 points for Clemson.
    
The Tigers dominated the scoring in the paint 48-26 and scored 10 points off fast breaks.
    
Clemson got off to a sluggish start, trailing 8-2 early, but the Tigers got within a point a minute later before going on an 11-5 run. Clemson led 27-24 with three minutes left in the first half before closing the half with a 9-2 run to take a 36-26 lead.
    
The Tigers kept the run going by outscoring the Bulldogs 14-4 in the first six minutes of the second half. Clemson never let off the gas, outscoring the visitors 47-26 in the second half, and led by as many as many as 34 points in the closing seconds of the game.
    
BIG PITCURE
    
UNC Asheville: The Bulldogs came into the game ranked second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (47.3), but they were held to a season-low 26 percent from behind the arc. After shooting over 50 percent in their previous two contests, UNC Asheville went 5 of 19.
    
Clemson: The Tigers start the season 7-1 for the first time since 2013-14. Clemson hasn't gone this far into a season before recording its second loss since 2008-09, when they won their first 16 games.
    
UP NEXT
    
UNC Asheville heads to Furman on Tuesday.
    
Clemson gets nearly a week off before hosting Samford on Saturday.