Clemson got the ACC off to a good start in the tournament Tuesday night behind a career night from Jerai Grant beating UAB 70-52. The win was the first in the tournament in 14 years for the Tigers who move on to face West Virginia in Tampa, Florida a mere 36 hours after finishing the game in Dayton, Ohio.
Grant posted 22 points and seven rebounds, helping the Tigers jumped out to an early double-digit lead which they held for the rest of the game. Milton Jennings had 11 points off of the bench and Devin Booker and Tanner Smith added 10 points apiece. The Blazers were led by Jamarr Sanders with 19 points.
The Clemson defense was stifling all night, coming up with 10 steals while forcing 19 turnovers. The Tigers shot 52% from the field while connecting on 14-of-16 from the free throw line.
The Tigers return to action on the short turnaround on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. against West Virginia at the St. Pete Times Forum.