|Clemson loses 57-49 to No. 17 Gonzaga|
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|Thursday, 22 November 2012 19:51|
Unfortunately, shooting was not one of them.
Elias Harris and Kelly Olynyk each scored 13 points to help Gonzaga beat Clemson 57-49 in a first round game Thursday night at the Old Spice Classic.
Clemson made just 18 of 58 shots (31 percent).
``That's basketball,'' Brownell said. ``Against a lot of teams tonight, we would have won. But against a team as good as Gonzaga, you're just not going to beat them playing as poorly as we did in terms of making shots. Our inability to score was a big factor.''
Clemson got 10 points from Adonis Filer. Milton Jennings had six points and eight rebounds.
``A disappointing loss because of how hard we played,'' Brownell said. ``The guys did a really good job of getting the tempo we wanted. Gonzaga is a great team. Very talented, and they're very smart. They can play a lot of different ways.''
Sam Dower had 11 points for Gonzaga (4-0), which will go against Oklahoma in Friday's semifinals. Clemson (2-1) will face Texas-El Paso in the loser's bracket.
``They're just hard to score on,'' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. ``Got us kind of standing around a little bit on offense.''
Olynyk was in the starting lineup after missing the previous three games due to a violation of the student code of conduct. The junior forward, who had his first two shots blocked, also had three rebounds.
David Stockton had an end-to-end layup, while Kevin Pangos and Harris added in-close baskets as Gonzaga went ahead 47-39 with 6 1-2 minutes to play.
Harris' 3-point play two minutes later made it 50-41.
Olynyk scored four points during a 6-0 run that saw Gonzaga go up 31-30 early in the second half. Olynyk had another basket and Guy Landry Edi added a dunk as the Zags grabbed a 37-33 lead with 12 minutes remaining.
Clemson took a 24-23 advantage at the half, which had eight lead changes and three ties.
Gonzaga had the final five points in the first half, including a buzz-beating tip-in by Olynyk.
Damarcus Harrison's 3-pointer gave Clemson a 24-18 lead two minutes before the break. The Tigers scored the first four points of the game and went up 8-5 on a Rod Hall basket.
Pangos' layup put Gonzaga ahead 11-10 with nine minutes left in the first half. The Zags missed 9 of their first 10 shots, and went 9 for 27 (33 percent) during the opening half.
Clemson was 10 of 29 (34.5 percent) from the floor over the first 20 minutes.