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Last Home Game... No Problem! | Clemson Tigers defeat Syracuse


The Mascot is always the steal of the show. Photo: Dez Barnes
The Mascot is always the steal of the show. Photo: Dez Barnes

It's a weekday showdown as Clemson hosts Syracuse University on their home court, the Littlejohn Coliseum. The game is crucial as Selection Sunday approaches in 12 days, and both teams have been impressive with 20 wins each this season. Clemson has a slight advantage with only 9 losses compared to Syracuse's 10. The team is counting on their star player, P.J. Hall, to lead the way to victory.


Clemson is determined to bounce back from their recent narrow defeat against ACC rival Notre Dame on the road, and secure a win in their final home game of the season. The team's regular season will end on March 9 at Wake Forest. In their last game, Clemson's field goal percentage was 39%, three-point shots percentage was 17.9%, and free throw percentage was 78.6%.


The Tigers dominated the first period, taking a commanding 16-5 lead in just 5 minutes of play. They wasted no time in getting points on the board, which energized the crowd. This was a stark contrast to their previous games where they started slowly. Throughout the season, the team has allowed their guards more control on the court, which has proven to be a successful strategy.

The student section showed support for the Tigers with customer MBB shirts. Photo: Dez Barnes
The student section showed support for the Tigers with customer MBB shirts. Photo: Dez Barnes

Guard Chase Hunter had a disappointing game against Notre Dame, playing for 34 minutes and only scoring 4 points. He is the team's leading three-point shooter, so his performance was unexpected. Joseph Girard III, another starter for Clemson, had a great game against Notre Dame, scoring 11 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists in 31 minutes of play. The team is relying on him to bring the same level of intensity to this game against Syracuse.


Syracuse picked up the pace towards the end of the first half, scoring 25 points and closing the gap. However, they still trailed by 12 points going into halftime. The team needs to step up their game to make a comeback in the second half and make it a competitive match.

The Tigers were on fire during the first period. Photo: Dez Barnes
The Tigers were on fire during the first period. Photo: Dez Barnes

Coming off Halftime, the Tigers had a different speed and tenacity than they showed during the first period. Which, as many know, is nothing new for the Tigers. However, if a team like Syracuse needs to bounce back, it gives them a chance to liven up and get points on the board. This is exactly what they attempted to do. They managed to get within 8 points at the 10:25 mark, but they still had a lot of work to do.


To Clemson’s defense in this game- they could let up off the gas a little. Since they had such a large gap, Syracuse did not seem to be coming too much from behind as they struggled to get the gap any smaller than 8 points. Clemson led the pace for the entire game and showed no signs of giving that up. This was also a strength for them, along with having a fan base that assured they kept the energy up for them.


The Littlejohn Coliseum has become one of the most challenging places to play due to how much the fans really bring a disturbance, especially the student section. Throughout the season, they have seen around 15,000 students attend the games to cheer on the team. No doubt, they are an imperative part of the game day experience.


The Tigers kept the crowd engaged by driving to the basket as the game dwindled to the end. Syracuse used all their efforts, but unfortunately, they could not pull out a win. Both teams move forward with their eyes locked on March Madness, but as we know it, Clemson is in way better shape to make a run in the tourney!






























This is Dez Barnes of Pretty Girls Love Sports, a journalist on the MTMV Sports platform. She is a retired US Army veteran, professional cheerleader, pet mom, and avid sports lover. Feel free to follow her writings as she dives into the latest sports news! You can find her on all social media channels @PGLOVESPORTS.

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