Quotes, Notes & Numbers: 'Really good teams are able to play all tempos'

Furman's 35-point total was its lowest in 50 years

Men's Basketball - Sidy Djitte

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Men's Basketball - Sidy Djitte

Clemson's Brad Brownell

“It was a good win by our team. I was really pleased with the way our guys defended for the full 40 minutes. We showed very good defensive discipline. I thought Furman did a good job out of the gate, got off to a good start in the game and had long possessions on offense. They really packed their zone back in there and we used some clock as well.

"It was a very low possession game for a long while and then we tried to increase the tempo a little and that helped. I thought our guys played well. They executed against the zone and scored pretty well early and then just pulled away when we got some steals.”

On the slower tempo: “The really good teams are able to play all tempos. They can play in high-possession games and really score and they can get into the knockdown games and really grind it out if you have to. We’re fine with this. We’re not as good as potent offensively so some games are not as good for us. We certainly understand to bump and grind with some teams and willing to do that if necessary.”

On Clemson's defensive performance: “I think we did a really good job on their two best players, (Stephen) Croone and (Larry) Wideman. Wideman didn’t score, which is really good for us. We wanted to limit his shots and baskets and I thought we did a really good job. And Croone is a dangerous player, a guy that can score with an attack mentality. We got him to turn the ball over several times and got him playing a little faster than he probably would have liked. I thought our guys stuck with the game plan even though (Furman) made a couple shots to start the game.”

On Clemson's defensive deflections: “We tried to be a little more active defensively, knocking some balls loose. We got some tonight and certainly it was better. We didn’t have very many in the Arkansas game and I thought we defended better tonight in terms of on-ball activity. Certainly for a little stretch there we blocked a bunch of shots and that helped.”

On his use of alternating lineups: “Starters with me is not that big of a deal. Obviously you bring in Ibrahim (Djambo) as a starter because Jaron (Blossomgame) hadn’t practiced. I felt like Jordan (Roper) had a good week and was ready to play well, and he did. Devin Coleman gave us great minutes off the bench, really shot the ball well and scored and that was good to see as well.”

Furman coach Niko Medved

“I think they (Clemson) are a terrific team, they really are, but I feel like we can learn a lot from this game. We aren’t the first team they have done this to, so I was happy with our effort. I obviously wasn’t happy with our execution, but I think there is a lot we can get from this.

“I think they stay with what they do and I thought we quit moving, we got a little bit tired and against a team like this you’re not going to score without ball movement and look to attack and when you put the ball on the floor they have two or three guys and that’s what great team defense is and you have to be willing to make the extra pass to score against a team like that. They didn’t do anything that surprised me, but you have to be very consistent for 40 minutes to be able to score against these guys.”

On Jordan Roper’s play: “The only thing I was disappointed with us was defensively we lost him in the zone, and we got a little bit tired with our communication and left him open. I thought there were some situations we could have gotten to, but they’re a good team and I knew tonight we would have to play terrific for 40 minutes to give ourselves a chance.”

On his first season with his team: “We are so young and inexperienced and we are just trying to get better and learn from every experience and keep our effort and keep competing night in and night out. When we start to do that I think our execution will improve and we have a long ways to go but I think that our team and goals are going to be dramatically different team in February than we are today.”

Team Notes

• Clemson defeated Furman by a score of 71-35 on Saturday to improve to 8-2 on the season. It was the Tigers’ 30th straight win in the series.

• Clemson held Furman to 35 points, the lowest total for an opponent since Wofford posted 28 against Rick Barnes’ team on Feb. 6, 1996.

• Clemson limited Furman to its lowest point total since scoring 32 in a loss at South Carolina on Dec. 10, 1963.

• Clemson’s 36-point win was its largest over Furman since the 2007-08 season when the Tigers won 91-46 at Littlejohn Coliseum.

• Clemson improved to 24-2 all-time under Head Coach Brad Brownell when allowing 50 points or less. The Tigers have achieved the feat four times in six home games.

• The Tigers are 6-0 at home after the win, the first time that has been achieved since the 2008-09 team won its first nine in Littlejohn Coliseum.

• Clemson produced a season-high 16 assists Saturday. It was the program’s highest assist total since Dec. 23, 2012 when the Tigers had 22 versus SC State.

• The Tigers had nine blocked shots in Saturday’s game, the fifth time in 10 games the Tigers have had at least eight.

• Clemson had nine steals Saturday, matching its season-high from the opener vs. Stetson.

Player Notes

• Jordan Roper reached double figures for the first time since the Tigers’ game at Temple on Nov. 21. He finished with a season-high 16 points.

• Roper made 3-of-7 from three-point range. It was the most three-pointers for the sophomore since he went 3-for-3 in last season’s ACC Tournament loss to Florida State.

• Devin Coleman produced double figures for the fourth time this season, as he posted 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

• Sidy Djitte set a season-high with eight points and did not miss a shot. He also tied his season-high with 10 rebounds and set another with seven offensive boards.

• K.J. McDaniels blocked four shots Saturday, giving him 30 for the season (3.0 per game). The ACC leader has blocked at least four shots in four games this season.

• Landry Nnoko grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, the third double figure effort on the glass for the sophomore.

• Ibrahim Djambo earned his first start as a Tiger on Saturday in place of Jaron Blossomgame, who tweaked an ankle at Arkansas. Blossomgame played 14 minutes Saturday.

• Rod Hall has led or tied for the team lead in assists in nine out of 10 games. He did not commit a turnover Saturday and now has 40 assists with just 11 turnovers this season.

• Austin Ajukwa had a season-high three steals in 14 minutes Saturday.

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