RAD Radford Highlanders 66
Radford Highlanders Radford Overall (6-4)
ATS (0-0)
O/U (0-0)
December 15 2018
- ESPN3
CLEM Clemson Tigers 74
Clemson Tigers Clemson Overall (7-3)
ATS (1-5-1)
O/U (4-3)
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
12
Radford Highlanders OFF OFF OFF
3036
Clemson Tigers OFF OFF OFF
3143
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
RAD OFF OFF OFF
CLEM OFF OFF OFF
Recap

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — With his star player out indefinitely with a sprained knee and losses in three of its last four, without playing what he thought was a bad game, Clemson coach Brad Brownell felt his team needed a win Saturday to keep this season from spiraling down quickly.

Sheldon Mitchell scored 20 points and Elijah Thomas had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the Tigers (7-3) to a 74-66 win over Radford (6-4).

If Brownell believed in omens, he got one on the opening possession when Clemson's first shot of the game wedged between the rim and the backboard. "We were nervous. You could tell," Brownell said.

But a week of hard practices after last Saturday's dispiriting 82-71 loss to Mississippi State paid off.

Mitchell's short jumper with 4:41 to go put Clemson up for good, 60-58. The Highlanders turned the ball over twice and had offensive fouls on two more possessions to end up behind 64-58.

Ed Polite Jr. and Carlik Jones hit back-to-back 3-pointers on Radford's next two possessions, but the Tigers scored on their final eight trips down the court to keep the Highlanders at bay.

"We played hard enough and well enough to win the game," Radford coach Mike Jones said. "There were just a couple of things that didn't work out."

Radford has already beaten Notre Dame and Texas on the road this season.

"We beat a good team who was really ready to play," Brownell said.

Clemson played its second game without Marcquise Reed and his team-leading 19 points a game. Brownell isn't sure when Reed will be back.

The Tigers made the Sweet Sixteen last season, and playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference will allow them to erase a bad loss or two in nonconference. But Brownell is worried mostly about his team's confidence.

"I'm just happy our guys got rewarded this week," Brownell said. "You just want to see good things happen to guys who are working hard."

Jones scored 18 points and Polite had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Radford.

Dave Skara scored 16 points for Clemson.

HOLLAND EJECTED

Radford's biggest lead of the game — seven points — came crashing down in just over a minute thanks in large part to a foul and the ejection of Devonnte Holland.

After reviewing the play on the monitor, the officials called a flagrant foul on Holland for language and kicked him out. Jones said the officials told him Holland used the N-word, which is an automatic ejection this season in college basketball.

"I didn't hear what was said," Jones said, adding he wasn't told what the officials saw on the monitor. "I don't know what else was said. But I know in today's America and with the people involved that was harsh."

Holland is black, as were the players around him and his coach.

Mitchell made 3 of his 4 free throws, then Aamir Simms hit a 3-pointer and Clemson's six-point possession turned a five-point deficit into a 41-40 lead with 14 minutes to go.

MOVING ON UP

Brownell, in his 10th season with the Tigers, tied Bill Foster for second place on Clemson's all-time victory list Saturday with 156 wins. Cliff Ellis is on top with 178 wins.

BIG PICTURE

Radford: The Highlanders hurt themselves with 18 turnovers and losing the rebounding battle 36-24. They again played a major conference team hard and are the overwhelming favorite to win the Big South Conference for a second year and return to the NCAA Tournament.

Clemson: The Tigers need Reed back, lacking an outside presence on both ends. Radford shot 56.3 percent (9 of 16) on 3-pointers. Clemson came into the game ranked 329th in the country on 3-point defense, allowing teams to make 39.1 percent of their shots behind the arc.

UP NEXT

Radford: The Highlanders are at UNC-Greensboro on Tuesday.

Clemson: The Tigers host Charleston Southern on Tuesday.

Matchup
Radford Overall
W/L 6-4
ATS 0-0
Pts For 75.2
Pts Against 68.9
Total 0-0
Radford Away
W/L 3-4
ATS 0-0
Pts For 67.3
Pts Against 69.3
Total 0-0
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Clemson Overall
W/L 7-3
ATS 1-5-1
Pts For 73.9
Pts Against 67.1
Total 4-3
Clemson Home
W/L 6-2
ATS 0-4-1
Pts For 75.5
Pts Against 67.5
Total 3-2
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Scoring
Radford
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Carlik Jones (G) 34:006-11 54.5%1-1 100%5-8 62.5%0350021-718
Ed Polite Jr. (F) 32:006-10 60%3-4 75%1-1 100%21012134-616
Travis Fields Jr. (G) 32:003-6 50%1-1 100%1-2 50%223203328
Caleb Tanner (G) 31:003-4 75%2-3 66.7%0-0 0%0000031-78
Donald Hicks (G) 18:002-4 50%2-4 50%0-0 0%0112002-116
Devonnte Holland (C) 17:002-7 28.6%0-1 0%0-0 0%010001214
Leroy Butts IV (F) 11:002-5 40%0-2 0%0-0 0%010101104
Mawdo Sallah (F-C) 20:001-3 33.3%0-0 0%0-0 0%0200003-82
Devin Hutchinson (G) 3:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%1100010-30
Josiah Jeffers (G) 2:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%0000100-10
John Caldwell (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Lewis Djonkam (C) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Cle'von Greene (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Tristan Owens (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Anias Saunders (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Clemson
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Shelton Mitchell (G) 36:007-13 53.8%2-5 40%4-5 80%0420042820
David Skara (F) 36:006-9 66.7%2-3 66.7%2-3 66.7%35101011116
Elijah Thomas (F) 22:004-6 66.7%0-0 0%7-8 87.5%5920115315
Clyde Trapp (G) 32:004-11 36.4%2-7 28.6%1-2 50%24110411011
Aamir Simms (F) 35:004-11 36.4%1-6 16.7%0-0 0%2312010119
John Newman III (G) 24:001-3 33.3%0-1 0%1-2 50%0512032-43
Javan White (F) 10:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%130101110
Hunter Tyson (F) 4:000-2 0%0-1 0%0-0 0%000010030
Trey Jemison (C) 1:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%0000001-30
Jonathan Baehre (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Lyles Davis (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Parker Fox (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Anthony Oliver II (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Marcquise Reed (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Malik William (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000