CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - After watching his team pull out to a 21-point lead at halftime, Clemson coach Brad Brownell heaped praise upon his players in the locker room.
He may not do that again anytime soon.
Winless North-Carolina Greensboro stormed back to twice cut the lead to two points before the Tigers regained control for a 71-61 victory Sunday.
``Obviously, killing them with kindness is not something they responded to,' Brownell said. ``We had a chance to really step on them.'
Andre Young scored 22 points, including a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch, and handed out five assists for the Tigers (7-4), who pulled away with a late 15-2 run. Jerai Grant added 19 points, 13 rebounds and five of the Tigers' nine blocks.
Korey Van Dussen hit 7 of 10 shots, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, to lead the Spartans (0-10) with 20 points. Trevis Simpson added 16 as UNC Greensboro fell by double digits for the ninth time.
The Spartans, outscored 24-4 at the end of the first half, began the second half on a 7-0 run with a dunk from Simpson and five points from Van Dussen.
Simpson's 3-pointer with 9:08 left pulled UNC Greensboro to within 49-47. But Clemson's Tanner answered with a 3-pointer from the corner.
After Kyle Randall's 3-pointer cut the Tigers' lead to 52-50 with 7:14 left, Grant answered with a 3-point play inside.
The Spartans never had a possession in the second half with a chance to tie or take the lead. Following Grant's three-point play, Xavier Anderson drove the length of the floor for a layup. Young followed with a 3-pointer then Smith drove baseline for a dunk.
``We made three, four, five good plays down the stretch on offense,' Brownell said. ``We did show some poise there.'
``We've got to work on finishing games,' said Young, who scored 13 of his points, including three of his four 3-pointers in the second half when UNC Greensboro double-teamed Clemson forwards down low.
With fellow guard and leading scorer Demontez Stitt out with an injury, Young said he's tried to pick up some of the slack.
``I think I'm one of our best offensive players and when I get an opportunity I want to take advantage of it,' Young said.
With Grant dominating the middle and a stifling defense creating 11 turnovers, the Tigers grabbed the comfortable halftime lead.
UNC Greensboro's offense loosened up with more transition opportunities in the second half.
``If we played the same way in the first half that we played in the second half, it definitely would have been an interesting game,' said Spartans coach Mike Dement.
``They were really getting it into our guards and making it hard to get the ball inside. Their defense was great in that first half.'
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