Clemson 80, Florida A&M 57

Freshman Jordan Roper ignited a second-half surge on Saturday

night as Clemson returned from final exams with an 80-57 win over

Florida A&M.

Roper scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half. He hit 6 of

8 from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

Clemson (6-3), which scored the first nine points of the second

half and led by as many as 31, hit 13 of its first 18 field goals

after the break.

A week removed from a 66-54 loss to No. 8 Arizona, Clemson shot

52.6 percent from the field (30 for 57), including 65.2 percent (15

of 23) in the second half after an irregular first half in which

the Tigers shot 44.1 percent (15 of 34).

Adonis Filer contributed 14 points off the bench. Devin Booker

had 12 points and K.J. McDaniels 11 for Clemson. Milton Jennings

contributed 11 rebounds and Rod Hall had 10 assists for the

Tigers.

Junior guard Reggie Lewis scored 26 points, including 6 of 8

from 3-point range, for the Rattlers (4-7), who saw their

three-game winning streak end. Muhammad Abdul-Aleem added 12

points, but no other Florida A&M starter scored.

Lewis’ teammates were 0 for 14 from 3-point range and the

Rattlers combined to shoot 31.8 percent overall (21 for 66).

Clemson also commanded the boards 49-32.

The Tigers now have a 27-1 record against teams from the

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. It was Clemson’s first game

against Florida A&M in 26 seasons.