On Wednesday night, No. 24 Clemson defeated South Carolina 72-67 by rallying behind a strong performance from Chauncey Wiggins, who scored 13 of his career-high 15 points in the second half, Ian Schieffelin, who had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and the rest of the team.
One of the first times in the 173-game series between the in-state rivals, which dates back to the 1912–1913 season, both teams went into the game with a perfect record of seven wins and zero losses.
Clemson took a 59-56 lead with 4 minutes and 53 seconds remaining in the game after Schieffelin, who had only a few moments before committed his fourth personal foul, made a three-point shot, collected a rebound on the opposite end of the court, and then put down a contested two-hand dunk on the other end of the court.
The steal committed by Schieffelin resulted in a layup made by Chase Hunter with 3 minutes and 4 seconds remaining.
After PJ Hall missed the second of two free throws, Schieffelin threw the offensive rebound to Hunter, who gave the Tigers a 65-59 lead with 1 minute and 52 seconds left in the game. This was the Tigers’ largest lead of the game.
Hall finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks for Clemson (8-0), while Joseph Girard III contributed 12 points to the team’s total. Hunter scored all ten of his points in the second half of the game.
Wiggins scores 15 and Schieffelin adds 12 to help No. 24 Clemson beat South Carolina 72-67 https://t.co/7zkMYaiO4x
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In addition to leading South Carolina with 26 points, Meechie Johnson made six of ten shots from beyond the arc. Stephen Clark, who left the game due to an injury with approximately seven minutes to go and did not return, also scored ten points. B.J. Mack had ten points and seven rebounds, and Stephen Clark also scored eight points.
With fifteen minutes remaining in the game, Johnson scored two free throws, giving South Carolina (7-1) its largest lead of the game, which put them ahead by eleven points.
A three-pointer by Girard was followed by two layups by RJ Godfrey, which tied the game four minutes later. Ta’Lon Cooper responded with a three-pointer with 10 minutes and 32 seconds left on the clock.
After Johnson missed a three-point shot on the other end of the court, Wiggins made back-to-back three-pointers to put Clemson ahead 54-51.
However, Collin Murray-Boyles retrieved the offensive rebound and sent it back to Johnson at the same location for a three-pointer to tie the game with 6 minutes and fifty seconds remaining.