Clemson 69, UTEP 48

Milton Jennings scored 18 points and K.J. McDaniels had 17 to

lead Clemson past Texas-El Paso 69-48 in the consolation round

Friday night at the Old Spice Classic.

Adonis Filer added 10 points for Clemson (3-1). His late

3-pointer put the Tigers up by 21.

UTEP (1-3) got 15 points from John Bohannon. Justin Washburn

finished with 11 points.

Both teams were coming off first-round tourney losses on

Thursday. Clemson fell to No. 17 Gonzaga 57-49 and UTEP lost 68-61

to Oklahoma.

Clemson built a 47-30 lead with 15 minutes to play on Jennings’

long-range jumper and a Rod Hall layup. A pair of dunks by Devin

Booker made it 51-32.

Booker wound up with six points and 10 rebounds.

Two baskets by Washburn cut the UTEP deficit to 53-40 midway

through the second half.

McDaniels had 14 points as Clemson took a 38-26 halftime lead.

His fourth trey of the half gave the Tigers a 38-18 advantage 3 1/2

minutes before the break.

Jalen Ragland’s 3 keyed an 8-0 run that got UTEP within

38-26.

Clemson made five 3-pointers, including two apiece by T.J. Sapp

and McDaniels, to go up 15-3 five minutes into the game. Jennings

had the other basket during the Tigers’ early run.

A driving layup by Hall and another 3 by Jennings made it 20-4

two minutes later. Jordan Roper’s 3-pointer extended the lead to

27-9 midway through the opening half.

The Tigers were 10 of 12 in the opening half from 3-point

range.