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.