Clemson Separates From USC For 6th Straight Win

South Carolina falls to Clemson 63-48 on the road. They drop to 8-3 on they year while Clemson improves to 10-1 and have won 6 straight. Frank Martin says that his team is actually better despite the loss and gives updates on injuries to Kory Holden and H

By JEFFREY COLLINS
Associated Press
    
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Marcquise Reed scored a career-high 25 points including four second-half 3-pointers to lead Clemson to a 64-48 win over South Carolina on Tuesday night.
    
The Tigers (10-1) crushed their bitter in-state rival by closing down on almost all of the Gamecocks' shots outside the paint.
    
South Carolina (8-3) scored 28 of its 48 points in the paint, shooting just 35 percent (19 of 54) from the field.
    
Clemson never trailed in the game, but couldn't put the Gamecocks away either until the second half. Reed hit four of his five 3-pointers in the second half, including the 3 with 11:54 left that finally pushed Clemson's lead into double-digits for good at 43-32.
    
Chris Silva had 12 points and nine rebounds for South Carolina, and was the only Gamecock in double figures.
    
Gabe DeVoe scored 12 points and Shelton Mitchell added 10 for Clemson.
    
And at the end, the crowd at Littlejohn Coliseum started chanting "just like football," reminding South Carolina of Clemson's 34-10 win last month in that sport.
    
BIG PICTURE
    
South Carolina: This was an ugly loss in an important game both emotionally and for recruiting for the Gamecocks. The theme in all three of South Carolina's losses has been poor shooting. They have shot at least 45 percent in each win and under 38 percent in each loss ... The 48 points were South Carolina's lowest in the Clemson rivalry since losing 58-39 to the then No. 8 Tigers in 1996.
    
Clemson: South Carolina's defense is designed to allow some open looks from 3, and Clemson took advantage, making 8 of 20 from behind the arc. Reed was 5 of 9 on 3-pointers ... The Tigers received the third highest number of votes for a team that didn't make in the AP Top 25 this week. Clemson has not been ranked since January 2010, the season before Brownell took over. Clemson now has wins over Florida, Ohio State and South Carolina this season.
    
UP NEXT
    
South Carolina: The Gamecocks host Division II Limestone on Dec. 27, then open up Southeastern Conference play Dec. 31 at Mississippi.
    
Clemson: The Tigers host Louisiana Lafayette on Friday afternoon, then host North Carolina State to open up Atlantic Conference play Dec. 30.
    
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