Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Elijah Thomas had 25 points and 14 rebounds as Clemson won its second straight game without injured leading scorer Marcquise Reed with a 78-51 victory over Charleston Southern on Tuesday night.
The Tigers (8-3) used an 18-0 run to start the second half to improve to 19-0 all-time against the Buccaneers (4-7), who lost their fourth consecutive game.
Thomas was a big reason why. The 6-foot-9 senior had 19 of his points in the opening half as the Tigers struggled to hit outside shots. That changed after the break as Clemson made four 3-pointers in its first five attempts to fuel the surge.
It was the third straight game Clemson played without Reed, who injured his ankle late in a win over St. Peter's more than two weeks ago. Reed is the Atlantic Coast Conference's fourth-leading scorer at 19.4 points a game.
The Buccaneers had no answer for slowing Thomas, who had his way down low in the opening half. He scored 19 of the Tigers' 35 first-half points, all close to the basket.
Thomas hit 9 of 12 shots, had six offensive boards to go with four blocks and two steals. It was his 15th career double-double and fourth this season.
Aamir Simms added 15 points and Shelton Mitchell 14 for the