Clemson Drills Iowa 71-55
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Clemson and Iowa had a lot in common, since both the Tigers and Hawkeyes knew what it was like to lose games they probably should have won this season.
Clemson responded with a surprisingly decisive win at Iowa, while the Hawkeyes' season keeps heading in the wrong direction.
Andre Young had 19 points, freshman T.J. Sapp added 13 off the bench and Clemson pounded host Iowa 71-55 Tuesday night.
Tanner Smith added 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Tigers (4-2), who won for the ninth time in 13 Big Ten/ACC Challenge contests.
Clemson shot 52 percent from the field and stretched its lead to 20 points early in the second half over the Hawkeyes, who hit 16 of 56 shots and registered just five assists.
Young was 5 of 6 from 3-point range to lead the Tigers, who had their best shooting night of the young season.
"I think he's a more confident player as a senior," Clemson coach Brad Brownell said of Young. "He's an unassuming kid, though. We're still trying to get him to shoot more and do more things. But his ball-handling has improved, his decision-making has improved. He's always been a terrific shooter, but I just think he feels more like it's his turn to make plays."
Freshman Josh Oglesby had 15 points for Iowa (4-3), which fell to 2-9 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Iowa has lost three of its last four games after an encouraging 3-0 start.
All three of those defeats have been ugly ones for the Hawkeyes, who fell to Creighton 82-59 in Des Moines and to Campbell at home, 77-61.
"We are better than we're playing right now, and we'll get it figured out," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "You always look back and say, 'Boy it would have been nice if we had a couple more wins.' But we didn't."
Clemson had its way with the Hawkeyes in the first half, shooting nearly 50 percent while jumping ahead 34-20, and it didn't take long for the Tigers to make it a 20-point game.
Young drilled a pair of 3s, and Clemson converted a confused possession by the Hawkeyes into a one-handed transition dunk from Smith to give the Tigers a 44-24 lead with 14:44 left.
Perhaps the lowest point for the Hawkeyes in a night full of them came with seven minutes left. Clemson broke Iowa's pressure defense with just one pass, as Young got behind the Hawkeyes for an uncontested layup to make it 62-36.
Devin Booker had nine points and 12 rebounds for Clemson, who outrebounded the post-challenged Hawkeyes 42-27.
Iowa sophomore forward Melsahn Basabe, who appeared primed for a breakout season just three weeks ago, had yet another terrible game. Basabe scored two points after putting up just six in his previous three games and added just one rebound in 20 minutes.
"What I need him to do is be a little bit more of a factor defensively and on the glass. I think, offensively, we can get him going. But he's not rebounding and he's not a defensive presence like we need him to be," McCaffery said.
Iowa came out with decent energy, and it looked set to grab an early lead behind a festive crowd buoyed by free student tickets and $1 hot dogs.
None of that could help the Hawkeyes overcome some awful shooting.
Clemson took advantage, jumping ahead 23-12 on a pair of 3-pointers from Young. The Tigers then got 3s from Smith, T.J. Sapp and Bryan Narcisse to close the half with a 14-points lead.
Things only got worse in the second half.
"Once we made a couple baskets I thought our guys really settled down, gained some confidence," Brownell said.
Hawkeyes point guard Bryce Cartwright, who had a "Bobblehead Night" held in his honor, had seven points and two of Iowa's five assists.
For both teams, this was the first game against a fellow high-major opponent.
Neither the Hawkeyes nor the Tigers had looked all that impressive against the teams they were favored to beat.
Clemson, which is rebuilding after reaching the NCAA tournament last season, came in with home losses to College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina.
But the Tigers had no such trouble against the Hawkeyes, which should give them a boost heading into meetings with rival South Carolina and a trip to Arizona on Dec. 10.
"I was really anxious to see our team play. We lost a couple games there against some pretty good teams, really; teams people don't know much about," Brownell said. "This was a measuring stick, to me, of our guys, to see how we'd respond."
Smith 3-7 0-0 7, Jennings 1-5 0-0 2, Booker 4-6 0-0 9, Hall 3-6 1-4 7, Young 6-10 2-2 19, Sapp 5-9 0-0 13, Fields 0-1 0-0 0, Baciu 4-5 0-0 8, Coleman 0-0 0-0 0, Narcisse 1-3 0-0 3, Sullivan 0-0 0-0 0, McDaniels 1-2 1-1 3. Totals 28-54 4-7 71.
Basabe 1-6 0-0 2, McCabe 3-4 1-1 7, May 1-6 0-0 2, Gatens 1-6 6-7 8, Cartwright 2-11 3-4 7, Olaseni 0-0 0-0 0, Oglesby 4-9 4-4 15, Marble 2-8 2-2 6, McCarty 0-0 0-0 0, Brommer 0-2 2-2 2, White 2-4 0-0 4, Stubbs 0-0 2-2 2, Stokes 0-0 0-0 0, Archie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-56 20-22 55.
Halftime_Clemson 34-20. 3-Point Goals_Clemson 11-21 (Young 5-6, Sapp 3-6, Booker 1-1, Narcisse 1-2, Smith 1-5, Jennings 0-1), Iowa 3-11 (Oglesby 3-4, Gatens 0-1, Cartwright 0-1, White 0-1, Marble 0-1, May 0-3). Fouled Out_McCabe. Rebounds_Clemson 42 (Smith 14), Iowa 27 (McCabe 7). Assists_Clemson 20 (Smith 8), Iowa 5 (Cartwright 2). Total Fouls_Clemson 21, Iowa 11. A_10,449.
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