CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – Elijah Thomas reached career-highs with 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead Clemson to a 84-77 victory over Texas Southern on Friday.
Thomas, who recorded his second double-double of the year, made 10 of 11 field goals, the most of the junior center’s career.
Senior Clemson guard Gabe DeVoe scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting and made all five of his 3-pointers, all career-highs.
Shelton Mitchell and Donte Grantham added 10 points each for the home team.
The ACC Tigers enjoyed a nice afternoon of shooting as they shot a season-high 61 percent from the field and connected on seven 3-pointers.
Demontrae Jefferson led Texas Southern with 22 points on 7-of-18 field goals. Kevin Scott added 14 points while Derrick Bruce chipped in with 12 points.
Thanks to a season-high 19 turnovers, Clemson (5-1) didn’t easily put Texas Southern (0-6) away in front of the home crowd. The visitors trailed by as many as 17 in the first half but were able to slash the lead to five points with 24 seconds remaining. Texas Southern ran out of time against a Clemson team that shot 17 of 24 from the foul line in the victory.
Clemson got off to a sluggish start and turned the ball over eight times in the first half, when Texas Southern jumped out to a 6-point lead in the first four minutes of the game, but the home team shot 64 percent in the first 20 minutes and led 40-36 at halftime.
Texas Southern: The Southwestern Athletic Tigers begin the season with six consecutive losses, all on the road, to schools from Power 5 conferences. Texas Southern lost by double digits for the fifth time.
Clemson: The team tied its best start during coach Brad Brownell’s era with Friday’s victory. The Tigers also went 5-1 to start the 2010-11 season, Brownell’s first with the program. They last started 6-1 in 2009-10.
Texas Southern plays its seventh consecutive road game with a contest at Oakland on Thursday.
Clemson hits the road for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with Wednesday’s game at Ohio State.