Setting the tone on defense is standard operating procedure under Brad Brownell, and Clemson executed its plan to perfection Friday night.
The Tigers held Coastal Carolina scoreless for the first 9:25 of the contest, opened a 20-point lead in the first half and rolled to a 69-40 win at Littlejohn Coliseum.
“That’s always the game plan,” sophomore guard Devin Coleman said. “Everybody knows Coach Brownell is a defensive coach first. The coaches prepared us well; we knew their personnel and the things that they ran. I don’t want to say it was easy, but we knew what was coming and we were prepared for it.”
K.J. McDaniels led the way with a game-high 22 points – his fifth time with at least 20 in seven games this season – and Coleman joined him in double figures with 14.
With the victory, Clemson snapped a two-game skid to the in-state Chanticleers and head coach Cliff Ellis, who was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame this fall. Ellis is the program’s all-time winningest coach with 177 victories from 1984 to 1994.