Clemson's season in a nutshell.
Effort, periods of effective play on both ends of the floor, badly punctuated by lapses of both the mental and physical variety.
In the end, Clemson's performance in its 30th game of the season was narrowly insufficient to get the job done, as Virginia Tech held off the Tigers 69-61 at Blacksburg.
Clemson spent the final stages of its next-to-last ACC road game watching the Hokies shoot free throws as senior Erick Green closed in on a 30-point game.
The ACC's leading scorer finished with 29.
“He was just fantastic," said Brownell of Green. "He was unbelievably efficient, 29 points off 12 shots. It’s hard to guard him one on one. He’s a great shot maker.”
One couldn't help but imagine what it would be like if a scorer like Green was added to Clemson's mix.
"It was kind of the story of our season," said Brownell. "We probably had just four or five just bad offensive possessions that were in some critical areas where you just have to be better.
“We struggled against the zone. When we couldn’t make a shot. We got a little tentative. We’re just not a great shooting team.
"I think our young guards sometimes just do some silly things," Brownell added. "Obviously, we fouled a couple times. We'd guard them for a while and then just foul them. We were just a little too eager and not disciplined enough to finish it off."