Clemson 78, Georgia State 66
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[March 19, 2014]
Clemson 78, Georgia State 66: K.J.
McDaniels tied career highs with 30 points and 14 rebounds and also
blocked five shots to lead the host Tigers to a first-round win in the
Damarcus Harrison finished with 17 points and six rebounds while
Jordan Roper added 11 points for Clemson (21-12). The Tigers will
host the winner of Wednesday night's game between Illinois and
Boston University in the second round.
Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year R.J. Hunter scored 15 points
and had five assists for Georgia State (25-9), which shot 34.3
percent from the floor. Kentucky transfer Ryan Harrow and Devonta
White each scored 13 points, Manny Atkins finished with 12 points
and six rebounds while Curtis Washington added 11 points and eight
rebounds for the Panthers.
McDaniels had 17 points in the first half, including 10 in the first
eight minutes, as Clemson built an early 14-7 lead. But Georgia
State, which just missed out on an NCAA tournament bid because of a
82-81 overtime loss to Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday in the Sun Belt
tournament final, rebounded to take a 23-20 lead on a layup by
Washington before the Tigers answered with a 11-0 run en route to a
35-32 halftime lead.
The game remained tight until midway through the second half when
Georgia State missed 10 straight shots, which the Tigers parlayed
into a 9-0 run and a 59-49 lead. Georgia State never got closer than
seven points the rest of the way.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: McDaniels had his sixth game with at least 20 points
and 10 rebounds, tops in the ACC. … Clemson has won 10 consecutive
NIT home games. ... McDaniels has scored in double figures in 30
games this season and blocked a shot in 14 consecutive games.
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