The Clemson men's basketball team wrapped up its four-game, 10-day tour of Italy on Saturday by beating Airte 115-65.
The following is from a blog posted by Clemson associate sports information director Phil Sikes on Clemson's official website:
Brad Brownell yielded the head coaching duties to his top assistant in this one, Mike Winiecki. He also started three players - Carson Fields, Patrick Rooks and Josh Smith - who had yet to start a game in Italy. Now through the tour, all 11 players that suited up earned at least one starting assignment.
The Tigers got off to a fast start and never looked back. Freshman guard Patrick Rooks had it going early from long range, as he scored 11 in the opening quarter - all on jump shots. Rod Hall took it from there, draining several mid-range shots off of screens from teammates. He also had double digits in the opening half with 10 points. He finished tied for team-high honors with fellow point guard Jordan Roper, with 16.
The second half turned into what Damarcus Harrison dubbed a "pickup game." The Tigers got out and ran in transition, with the Italians unable to keep pace. Clemson had 64 points in the paint and outscored Italy 23-3 off turnovers and 31-13 on second chance opportunities. Josh Smith was a big reason for those second chances, as the sophomore bagged 19 rebounds to go along with a trip-high 12 points. In all, six players reached double figures as Clemson cruised to the 115-65 win.
Here are some other observations from Clemson's final exhibition of the tour:
• Low Turnover Total - Perhaps the most encouraging sign from the final game was Clemson's ability to secure the ball, to the tune of a trip-low nine turnovers Saturday. Clemson had a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio for the game.
• Dunk Contest - K.J. McDaniels actually had some competition in this one. Three players in particular - Hall, Harrison and freshman Austin Ajukwa - had some impressive stuffs in this contest. Ajukwa was the beneficiary of a great alley-oop from Hall in the final minute of the game. Smith also brought the crowd to its feet when he dunked in a ball off an Adonis Filer steal and assist.
• Scoring Balance - Nine different players scored at least nine points in Clemson's win Saturday, including six in double figures. Jordan Roper heated up in the second half to finish with 14 points, making him the team's high scorer for the trip (16 ppg).