Young leads Clemson to 65-44 win over Gardner-Webb

Andre Young scored 19 points, Tanner Smith had a career-high 14

rebounds and Clemson won its 27th straight season opener with a

65-44 victory over Gardner-Webb on Friday night.

The game was tied at 29 at halftime, but the Tigers pulled away

from the Bulldogs (0-1) in the second half behind the play of their

senior backcourt duo of Young and Smith.

Young opened the second half with back-to-back baskets,

including his third 3-pointer as part of Clemson’s 23-6 run. Smith

controlled play for the Tigers from his point guard position. He

collected eight of his rebounds in the opening half and surpassed

his previous career best of 10.

Freshman T.J. Sapp scored 11 points for the Tigers.

Laron Buggs had 14 points to lead Gardner-Webb, which fell to

0-4 all-time against Clemson.