No. 11 Xavier defeats Clemson 83-77 in Tire Pros tournament

  • No. 11 Xavier defeats Clemson 83-77 in Tire Pros tournament

No. 11 Xavier defeats Clemson 83-77 in Tire Pros tournament

Clemson enjoyed every bit of its highest-scoring game in seven years.

The Tigers got big games from Terrence Phillips, Frankie Hughes and Kevin Puryear but couldn't pull out a win against the Musketeers in the opening round of the Tire Pros Invitational.

It was Clemson's best point total since scoring 102 against Winthrop on November 23, 2009.

No. 4 OR 76, Valparaiso 54 • In Eugene, Ore., Chris Boucher had 25 points and nine rebounds to lead the Ducks (2-1) to their 27th consecutive home victory. "We had to match that intensity, and I don't think we did".

Donte Grantham and Sidy Djitte each scored 12 for the Tigers.

Sumner and J.P. Macura each scored 19 points for Xavier (3-0), which got 13 apiece from Trevon Bluiett and Sean O'Mara.

Sacred Heart's Quincy McKnight, who averaged 26.5 points in the first two games, finished with 22, all but two after halftime.

Gibbs didn't play in Davidson's opener because of a shoulder issue, and wore a protective sleeve on his left shoulder Thursday.

"I started the season off not shooting the ball very well and my teammates did a great job of getting me the ball", said Macura, whose previous career high was 21 points. "That's a good basketball team and certainly youth figures into it for us".

Missouri sophomore guard Cullen VanLeer led the team with eight points in the second half and freshman forward Willie Jackson added seven points, but ultimately, it wasn't enough.

"This is a challenging tournament and we accepted the opportunity to come here because we wanted to be pushed, we wanted to be challenged, we wanted to find out how good we are", said Davidson coach Bob McKillop. "The nature of our team is to go inside-out, but the demon of making those early 3's hung around our heads quite a bit".

It was the second close win for the Musketeers after they escaped Missouri with a one-point win in overtime Thursday. Clemson got hit with a first-half technical because Legend Robertin was in the scorebook as wearing No. 0 — he wears No. 00, and the penalty for that is what's called an "administrative technical".

Davidson: The Wildcats are streaky shooters but when on they can put a lot of points in hurry.

The Wildcats bounced back from a deflating loss to Clemson on Thursday with an overwhelming performance against Missouri. Hughes scored a game-high 24 points in 41 minutes, becoming the first freshman in school history to record back-to-back 20 point games in his first two games. Clemson had a 21-4 edge in points off turnovers Thursday, that 17-point margin also being the difference in the final score. The Tigers limited Xavier to 2-for-22 shooting from behind the arc, however, they were beat up on the glass and sent the Musketeers to the free throw stripe 38 times. With Clemson closing the lead to 5 with under 5 minutes left, it was obvious who the go to guy would be for Xavier today, though.