December 21, 2019 / 4:23 AM / a month ago

Clemson clobbers Jacksonville, ends 4-game skid

Aamir Simms scored 18 points, and Clemson snapped a four-game losing streak with a 68-39 victory against visiting Jacksonville on Friday night.

Simms, a junior forward, made 7 of 8 shots from the floor. He is 12 of 15 on field-goal attempts over his past two games after scoring 21 points in a loss to South Carolina on Sunday.

Clemson (6-5) also got 15 points from Curran Scott.

Kevin Norman led Jacksonville (7-7) with 16 points, and DeAnthony McCallum scored 10.

Scott, a graduate transfer from Tulsa who entered the game averaging 6.6 points per game, posted his high point total at Clemson and just his third double-figure scoring game as a Tiger. Tevin Mack, a graduate transfer from Alabama, had 11 rebounds for Clemson.

Clemson built a 37-28 halftime lead, then took command with defense in the second half. The Tigers outscored Jacksonville 31-11 in the second half — the fewest points allowed in the second half by a Brad Brownell-coached Clemson team.

The Dolphins made only 5 of 28 shots in the second half and scored only two points over the last 14:31 of the game.

Norman, a junior forward, scored Jacksonville’s first 10 points of the game. Junior swingman Destin Barnes, who had five 3-pointers and scored 17 points in Jacksonville’s win at Presbyterian on Wednesday, was held to six points on a pair of 3-pointers.

Clemson junior guard Clyde Trapp, who is coming off surgery for a torn ACL, returned to the lineup for the first time this season and scored four points. A starter last season, Trapp also had two assists in 12 minutes of playing time.

The Tigers wound up outshooting the Dolphins 43.9 percent to 25.5 percent from the floor.

—Field Level Media

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