CLEMSON –Littlejohn Coliseum was a tough locale for Quinton Ferrell’s debut as Presbyterian College’s men’s basketball coach.
Four Tigers scored in double figures, led by John Newman III’s 16 points, as Clemson (1-1) raced past the Blue Hose, 79-45, Thursday night.
Tevin Mack added 14 points, and Chase Hunter and Curren Scot each added 13.
Chris Martin led Presbyterian (0-1) with 11 points.
The Tigers’ Aamir Sims pulled down eight rebounds but did not score a point. Ben Drake led the Blue Hose with seven.
Clemson opened the contest with a 7-1 run, then used a 14-point spurt, fueled by four 3-pointers, to stretch the margin to 21-5 with 10:01 remaining until the half. PC answered with a 9-2 run to trim the deficit to single-digits, 23-14, at the 6:28 mark. The Tigers scored the final eight points of the half to take a 43-21 lead into the locker room. The hosts put the game beyond reach early in the second half, extending the margin to 59-25 with 13:56 on the clock.
Martin added a team-high four assists, game-high three steals and four rebounds to go with his team-leading 11 points.
The Blue Hose struggled from the field, shooting 35 percent (18-51) from the floor, while Clemson hit 46 percent (31-67) of its field-goal attempts. PC was held to just 5-18 (28 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Tigers connected on 14-of-34 (41 percent) of their three-pointers. Clemson held a 39-35 edge on the glass and was plus-9 in turnover margin, forcing 21.