On Jan. 14, the Clemson Tigers stunned the college basketball world with a win over the Duke Blue Devils 72-64. Clemson's PJ Hall was his team's catalyst in this victory.
At the end of the ﬁrst half, Clemson trailed Duke by 3.
Both teams played aggressive perimeter defense, making it difficult for either side to connect from behind the three-point line "Clemson" 3-17 and "Duke" 3-20. Just under 10 minutes, Duke's own Jaylen Blakes ﬁres up and makes the ﬁrst 3-point dagger of the half. Moments later, Brevin Galloway makes his presence known by launching a 3-pointer that draws the crowd to their feet, followed by a 2-point play in the lane bringing Clemson over Duke by 4.
Clemson takes the lead 58-54.
PJ Hall carried his team in the ﬁrst half by acquiring 18 points. The 6'10" forward showed his versatility as he made his way through the paint and outside the arc. In his 27 minutes on the court, he tallied 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist.
Clemson's ability to put pressure on the interior, finish at the rim and convert their free throws was the deciding factor in their victory.
Written by: Kayla Rodgers