McDaniels, Clemson beat Wake Forest 60-44
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- K.J. McDaniels scored 14 points and had career highs with nine rebounds and seven blocks to lead Clemson to its fourth straight win over Wake Forest 60-44 on Tuesday night.
The Tigers (10-6, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) held the Demon Deacons to their lowest point total this season as McDaniels led an aggressive defensive attack that held Wake Forest's two leading scorers in C.J. Harris and Travis McKie to 20 points -- 11 points below their combined average coming in.
Adonis Filer scored 13 points and Devin Booker added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers. Clemson, second in the ACC in points given up, held their second straight league opponent to 44 points.
McKie led the Demon Deacons (9-7, 2-2) with 12 points, but struggled against Clemson's inside defense and was just 4-of-13 shooting. Wake Forest shot under 25 percent (15 of 61).
This marks the first time in Clemson history the Tigers have held consecutive ACC opponents under 45 points. The closest previous occurrence was Jan. 10 and 13, 1959 when Clemson beat Maryland 55-46 and lost at Duke 41-45 in consecutive ACC games.
This is the first time since the 2009-10 season that Clemson held consecutive opponents (non-conference or conference) to under 45 points. In the first two games of that season, November 13 and 17th, Clemson beat Presbyterian (84-41) and Liberty (79-39) in consecutive games.
Clemson is now 18-1 under Brad Brownell when holding the opposition to 50 points or less.
Wake Forest shot just 24.6 percent from the field (15-61). That is the best field goal percentage defense by the Tigers in an ACC game since Jan. 4, 1964 when Wake Forest shot 20 percent on 13-65 shooting in a game at Winston- Salem against the Tigers. Clemson won that game 87-61.
Clemson's field goal percentage defense was the best in an ACC game so far this year and the fourth best by an ACC team in any game so far this season.
Clemson held Wake Forest scoring leader C.J. Harris scoreless the last 31:48 of the game. His last points came on two free throws with 8:12 left in the first half. He had scored 21.3 points per game for Wake Forest's first three ACC games. He had scored in double figures in 13 of the first 15 and was coming off a 29-point outing against Boston College.
The victory was the fourth in a row over Wake Forest for the Tigers. This is the first time Clemson has won four in a row against the Demon Deacons since the 1988-90 era when Dale Davis and Elden Campbell played for the Tigers.
Clemson has won four in a row over Wake Forest and all the wins have been by double digits. It is the first time Clemson has beaten an ACC opponent four times in a row by double digits since 2007-10 when Clemson did that against Boston College.
K.J. McDaniels had seven blocked shots in the game, his career high, and the most by a Clemson player 6-6 or shorter in history. McDaniels now has 36 blocks for the year, a season record for a Clemson player 6-6 or shorter. The previous mark was 31 by Derrick Forrest, a 6-3 guard who played on Clemson's 1988-89 and 1989-90 teams. Forrest had 31 in 1989-90.
McDaniels seven blocks were the most by any ACC player so far this year. Reggie Johnson had six for Miami against UMASS on December 1, 2012 for the previous high.
McDaniels needs just three more blocks to set the Clemson career record for blocks by a player 6-6 or shorter. Sam Perry has that mark with 58 between 2004-08. McDaniels, only a sophomore, now has 56 blocks in his career.
*Freshmen Adonis Filer (13) and Jordan Roper (9) combined for 22 points this evening and shot 4-6 on three-point shots. They had just one combined turnover in 40 minutes. They combined for 34 in a win over The Citadel on Jan. 1 and that is their season high as a duo.