CLEMSON — Led by six 3-pointers from D.J. Byrd, Purdue cruised to a 73-61 win over Clemson Wednesday in Littlejohn Coliseum, a game that was part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Byrd finished with a game-high 22 points.
Purdue made 8 of 18 3s, while Clemson made just 4 of 23 shots from beyond the arc good for a 17.4 shooting percentage. Clemson struggled to get points in the paint either through dribble drives or post-up situations and often settled for jumpshots. Clemson (4-2) had entered shooting 40.8 percent from 3 this season.
“Certainly D.J. Byrd making those 3s was a big part .. and our lack of shooting was extremely problematic,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said, “We only had five turnovers. ... I think part of the (poor shooting) was settling for (jump shots), part of it was the way Purdue played us.”
Purdue wasn’t just better from beyond the arc, the Boilermakers (3-3) out-rebounded Clemson, 41-27.
The Tigers weren’t helped as they were without their second leading rebounder in Milton Jennings, who was suspended for the game due to his arrest early Wednesday morning on a simple possession of marijuana charge.
Jennings watched the game in street clothes from the bench.
Brownell said he is going to “evaluate” Jennings’ status this week and “then decide what I want to do.”
Is the former Pinewood Prep star in jeopardy of being kicked off the team? “I don’t know,” Brownell said.
Clemson did receive positive contributions from K.J. McDaniels who had three highlight-worthy dunks en route to 15 points.
“In the first half I believe we settled for too many jumpshots,” McDaniels said. “But I felt we were more aggressive in the second half and got the ball into Booker more.”
Devin Booker led Clemson with 18 points. His status was uncertain until late in the afternoon as his grandfather had a heart attack and is in critical situation. Clemson outscored Purdue, 39-31, in the second half.