by Clemson Athletic Communications
CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson University men’s basketball’s 2018-19 season came to a close in the second round of the NIT with a 63-55 loss to Wichita State on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers’ (20-14) were led offensively by Marcquise Reed’s 18 points – which vaulted him past the 2,000-point mark of his illustrious career. He finishes his career with 1,484 points scored as a Tiger – 12th-most in Clemson history.
Reed also grabbed two rebounds and swiped three steals on the afternoon. His first rebound of the guy gave him 500 for his career.
Elijah Thomas posted eight points and eight rebounds, while Aamir Simms added seven points and seven rebounds.
Clemson trailed by just five after the opening stanza, but the Shockers (21-14) began the second half on a 7-0 run to open up its first double-digit lead of the game.
The Tigers, down by as many as 13 points, closed to within four points on three occasions. Clemson utilized a full-court press in the second half and to its credit proved to be extremely effective in causing turnovers, but the Tigers could not capitalize enough in the second half.