CLEMSON — Clemson and Tennessee came together on Sunday to benefit the Salvation Army’s hurricane relief efforts in an exhibition contest, with the Tigers narrowly falling 71-67.
The Tigers posted three scores in double-figure scoring, including the game’s leading scorer Marcquise Reed, who finished with 25. Reed shot 7 for 12 from the field and drilled three 3-pointers while going a perfect 8 for 8 at the free-throw line. The redshirt junior also finished with a team-high eight rebounds.
Both Shelton Mitchell and Gabe DeVoe netted 14 points each for the Tigers.
Tennessee jumped out to a 12-1 lead just over six minutes into the first half, but the Tigers chipped away and gained their first lead at 23-22 after a 13-3 run. The Volunteers were able to take a 28-25 halftime lead.
After knotting the score at 36 following a Mitchell 3-pointer, the Vols extended their lead to a game-high 17 points with 6:12 remaining.
Much like the first half, the Tigers stormed back and engineered a 15-2 run to pull to within 65-62 with 1:46 to play. A Mark Donnal 3-pointer with 19 seconds left pulled the Tigers to within just two, but the Vols would get a bucket to seal the four-point victory.
Tennessee finished with 20 points off 16 Clemson turnovers and 14 second-chance points with the help of 15 offensive rebounds. The Tigers tallied 12 offensive boards.
The regular season opens on Friday against Western Carolina.