9:53 PM ET, March 15, 2011
University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, OH
Jerai Grant's career night leads Clemson to 2nd round match vs. West Virginia
DAYTON, Ohio -- As pleased as he was that his Clemson team had won an NCAA tournament game for the first time in 14 years, coach Brad Brownell was already concerned about what comes next.Jerai Grant scored a career-best 22 points and the fast-starting Tigers built a double-figure lead and never backed off in beating Alabama-Birmingham 70-52 on Tuesday night in an NCAA tournament "First Four" game at the University of Dayton Arena.There was little time to celebrate. The Tigers hurried to catch a flight to their second-round game against fifth-seeded West Virginia (20-11) on Thursday afternoon in Tampa, Fla.
• The win was Clemson's first in the NCAA tournament since 1997, snapping a five-game losing streak in the tournament, the longest ever by an ACC team.
• The 18-point victory was Clemson's largest in the tournament.
• Clemson has won five of its last seven games and advances to play 5th-seeded West Virginia on Thursday.
• Tuesday's matchup was the third all-time meeting between the schools, with UAB winning the two previous meetings.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-50 (.520)||18-48 (.375)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-13 (.308)||12-24 (.500)|
|FT Made-Attempted||14-16 (.875)||4-7 (.571)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||12 (0/0)||10 (0/0)|
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