CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – Jaron Blossomgame had 15 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season as Clemson pounded Coppin State 85-43 on Sunday.
Blossomgame had 10 points in the opening half for the Tigers (5-2), who built a 30-point lead and cruised to their third straight win and sent Coppin State to its 10th consecutive loss to start the season.
Things ended with Clemson’s 18-3 run just 10 minutes into the first period that opened up a 30-10 lead. Marcquise Reed had a three-point play while Gabe DeVoe and Avery Holmes hit 3-pointers.
Holmes finished with 13 points off three 3-pointers. Vanderbilt transfer Shelton Mitchell, making his first start, had 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting for Clemson while Reed added 11 points. Sidy Djitte had a game-high 13 rebounds to along with six points for the Tigers.
Terry Harris Jr. was Coppin State’s only double-figure scorer with 14 points. The Eagles are two games shy of their all-time worst start at 0-12 in 2005-06.
Clemson improved to 33-1 all-time against opponents from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
THE BIG PICTURE
Coppin State: The Eagles have lost 10 straight to start the season and 11 in row since the end of last year. They’ve got quite a ways to go to match the NCAA Division I record losing streak of 41 straight by Towson from Dec. 29, 2010 until the Tigers defeated UNC Wilmington on Jan. 28, 2012.
Clemson: The Tigers emphasis for pre-Atlantic Coast Conference games has been to efficiently take care of business and not trip up. That’s what they did against the Eagles, putting away an overmatched opponent in a hurry. Clemson was up 30-10 just past 10 minutes in and seldom let up against Coppin State. The Tigers hit 20 of 34 shots from the field in the first half, including a 7-of-15 performance from behind the arc.
Coppin State is back on the road for the 10th time in its first 11 games when it travels to Akron on Wednesday night.
Clemson continues with the fourth game in a five-game homestand when it takes on Mercer on Saturday.
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