Donte, DeVoe lead Clemson past NC A&T 87-63
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Donte Grantham and Gabe DeVoe each recorded their first double-doubles of the season for Clemson, and the Tigers got off to a 2-0 start with an 87-63 victory over North Carolina A&T on Sunday.
The Tigers dominated inside, scoring 48 of their points in the paint, including several easy dunks.
Grantham scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds while DeVoe added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Elijah Thomas and Marcquise Reed also put up 13 points for the Tigers, who got 10 more from point guard Shelton Mitchell.
Coming off its highest point total (104) since 2011 in a win over Greensboro College in the season opener, North Carolina A&T (1-1) shot 40 percent (23 of 57) and was outrebounded 45-22. Femi Olujobi scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the first half, when the Aggies trailed 41-29.
Clemson led by 10 just four minutes into the game and the Aggies cut it to four before Clemson went on a 9-2 run to go up 13 with 5:11 left in the first half. The Tigers used a 15-3 run in the middle of the second half to pull away.
North Carolina A&T: Off a team picked to finish last in the MEAC, the Aggies have found an offensive force in Olujobi, a transfer from Oakland who sat out last season. He upped his season output to 54 points on 19-of-27 shooting.
Clemson: Coming into the season, the Tigers were concerned about how they would defend and rebound. Through the first two games, they've outrebounded their opponents 84-54 and outscored them 172-120.
N.C. A&T plays its second home game of the season when it hosts The Citadel on Wednesday.
Clemson will play three games in four days beginning Thursday in the Gildan Charleston Classic against Ohio.