CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson University men’s basketball finished off a wire-to-wire drubbing of Wake Forest, 64-37, for its second-straight Atlantic Coast Conference victory on Sunday afternoon. The 37 points allowed is tied for the fewest in an ACC game during the Brad Brownell era (37 at Georgia Tech, Feb. 21, 2012).
The Tigers (13-8, 3-5 ACC) were led by an ultra-impressive performance by Elijah Thomas. The senior posted his sixth double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while adding in a career-best seven blocked shots. He finished 10-for-11 from the field and 3-for-3 at the charity stripe.
While Thomas was the only Tiger to reach double-figure scoring, Clemson posted nine more in the scoring column.
Clemson’s defense was stout beginning with the early stages of the opening stanza. The Tigers raced out to a 26-9 advantage – not allowing the Demon Deacons (8-13, 1-8 ACC) past the 10-point mark until the 3:18 mark of the first half.
Wake Forest was never able to get into a rhythm with Clemson’s defense locking down two of the Demon Deacons’ starting guards, Brandon Childress and Sharone Wright Jr., and holding them to 0-for-19 from the floor in a combined 55 minutes.
The Tigers pushed the pace even further in the second half and led by a game-high 29 points before finishing off the convincing 27-point victory.
Clemson returns to the floor on Wednesday, Feb. 6 when it travels to Georgia Tech for a 7 p.m. tipoff in McCamish Pavilion.