On a night when adversity reared its head on multiple occasions, the Clemson basketball team never relented Thursday night against Temple.

Watching junior leader K.J. McDaniels play through pain and an unexpected source provide a major boost, the Tigers persevered in the opening round of the sixth annual Charleston Classic with a 72-58 victory over the Owls at TD Arena.

After scoring a career-high 21 points on Sunday against South Carolina, McDaniels finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks on Thursday – he had 10 rebounds and seven blocks against the Gamecocks – while center Landry Nnoko had a breakout performance with 10 points and 15 rebounds.


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