Tigers 92, Bulldogs 51: quotes, notes & numbers

Brad Brownell: 'it was good to see us shoot the ball well and have a convincing win and a good offensive performance'

Clemson's  Landry Nnoko, right, dunks the ball as The Citadel's Dylen Setzekorn defends during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

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Clemson's Landry Nnoko, right, dunks the ball as The Citadel's Dylen Setzekorn defends during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

In Brad Brownell's View

Overall thoughts on the game: “I thought it was a really good game for us offensively. I don’t know that defensively we were as good as we needed to be at times. We didn’t play as sound defensively as I would have liked, but moving in to conference play it was good to see us shoot the ball well and have a convincing win and a good offensive performance.

"We are better than the last two teams we have played, and you need to exploit that. In a game with as any possessions as we had, and as many defenses as they showed us, we did well to only have eight turnovers. We shared the ball well and had a lot of advantage situations and didn’t get in too big of a hurry. We had a reasonably good mix, though I would have liked a little more inside scoring at times. We got away from that a little in the first half. Overall, a pretty good performance by our guys.”

On Adonis Filer’s performance: “It was good to see Adonis make four threes today. They played off of him, gave him open shots and he made them. We have had other games where that has happened and we haven’t made them. Other than him just knocking down the open shots, I really liked his energy and spark defensively. I thought he really got after the ball handler and pressured and got our defense going a little bit.

"I think his greatest strength right now is his competitive spirit. He wants to play, he wants to compete, and he’s not afraid. It’s a huge help to our team when he can make shots like that. He is a little streaky right now as a shooter, but we need him to have some games like this if we are going to beat some good teams in our league.”

On playing an up-tempo offense: “You might see it a little bit more, but not as drastic. We are trying to play faster on offense, but to be honest with you, sometimes the players don’t like to play fast, because they get tired. In games when we feel we have better players we do like to speed the game up a little bit. We like it, especially at home, but I’m not sure we will do it a lot in ACC play. When you play better competition with better guards they make you press at times so you have to be careful with that.”

On the youth of the team: “There are a few more frustrating moments than years before because you feel like you get some things going in a good direction and then you either see something new that you haven’t practiced as much and it shows or, because you have newer and younger guys who aren’t as experienced with it there are things you think they should have mastered but they haven’t because you are constantly game planning for another game or another situation."

Citadel coach Chuck Driesell

Overall thoughts on the game: “I was disappointed. I thought we’d handle the pressure a little bit better. I thought we would execute offensively and not turn the ball over so much. I thought they played hard and got after it. They just looked a little tentative and a little overwhelmed at times, and you can’t play that way.”

On anything gained from a difficult stretch of games: “It’s not just this game. It’s the last several that we’ve had like this. We’ve played some teams that are bigger than we are, stronger, faster, more athletic. We’ve got to learn to take care of the basketball. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing. We’ve been turning the ball over at a rate that’s way too high.

"We’re not going to shoot a good percentage and we’re not going to hold the other team to a decent percentage if we’re giving up 44 points off of turnovers. This is not the first game that’s been the case. It’s a big Achilles heel of ours right now, and that’s something that our guys have seen. They understand how important it is that they need to fix that in order for us to have a chance to win.”

Noteworthy

- Adonis Filer's 21-point game was the first 20-pointer by a Tiger this season. It was the most points scored by a Clemson freshman since Terrence Oglesby had 21 against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in 2007-08.

- The Tigers’ 92 points were the most by the program since the 2009-10 season, when Oliver Purnell’s final team posted 94 against College of Charleston.

- Clemson shot 61 percent and made 35 field goals, a high in 77 games under Brad Brownell.

- Defensively, the Tigers had 16 steals – also a high under Brownell.

- The Tigers made 16 of 21 free throws - 76 percent.

- Josh Smith had a team-high five rebounds in just eight minutes.

- Clemson had twice as many steals, 16, as turnovers, eight.

- Nine players saw at least 17 minutes of action.

- Damarcus Harrison, Milton Jennings and Rod Hall had three assists each.

- Clemson outscored The Citadel 44-24 in the paint, 44-13 off turnovers, 12-4 on the break, and 47-22 in bench points.

- The Tigers will open their 18-game ACC schedule on Saturday against Florida State.

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