West Virginia, Clemson look to avoid another second-half collapse

Local Sports

West Virginia and Clemson will have something in common when the two programs clash in the third-place game of the Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic on Sunday in Charleston, S.C.

Both are seeking redemption after squandering double-digit halftime leads in Friday’s tournament semifinals.

The Mountaineers (3-1) led Marquette by 12 at halftime Friday night before being blitzed in the second half of an 82-71 defeat.

The Tigers (4-1) led No. 22 St. Bonaventure 36-26 at halftime but saw that lead steadily melt as the Bonnies pulled out a 68-65 victory in the second game of the day.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was angry about his defense, asking afterward, “How many times did they drive it to the goal and one of our guys moved to stop him and the rest of our guys stood and looked?”

Lackadaisical defense helped Marquette shoot 64 percent overall and 61.5 percent from 3-point range during the second half.

Huggins also lamented, “Every game we’ve had this year we’ve come out and played pretty well in the first half and then came out flat as can be in the second half.”

The Mountaineers outscored Elon by 12 in the second half of an 87-68 first-round victory in the tournament, but did grind out earlier wins despite lackluster second halves against Oakland and rival Pittsburgh.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell tried to look at the bright side, hoping that his team can take some lessons that will help the Tigers down the road.

“You’re playing against an NCAA Tournament team in an environment that feels like a road game,” he said of the Bonnies, who also were in the NCAAs a year ago. “You’ve got to make plays to beat them. You’ve got to execute. Hopefully, we learned from it and hopefully it makes us better, smarter, tougher.

“We didn’t make a couple of plays we needed to make if we’re going to beat a team of this caliber.”

Clemson must do a better job of defending the perimeter after allowing St. Bonaventure to shoot 58.3 percent (14 of 24) from beyond the arc.

–Field Level Media

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Sports Video

More Sports Videos

video

More Video

 

 

 

 

College Scoreboard

Barnesville High School

Beallsville High School

Beaver Local High School

Bellaire High School

Bridgeport High School

Brooke High School

Buckeye Local High School

Buckeye Trail High School

Caldwell High School

Cambridge High School

Cameron High School

Clay-Battelle High School

Conotton Valley High School

East Liverpool High School

Edison High School

Fort Frye High School

Harrison Central High School

Hundred High School

Indian Creek High School

John Marshall High School

Linsly High School

Magnolia High School

Martins Ferry High School

Meadowbrook High School

Monroe Central High School

Morgantown High School

Oak Glen High School

Paden City High School

Parkersburg High School

Parkersburg Catholic High School

Parkersburg South High School

River High School

St. Clairsville High School

Shadyside High School

Shenandoah High School

Steubenville High School

Steubenville Catholic Central High School

Toronto High School

Tyler Consolidated High School

Union Local High School

University High School

Valley High School

Weir High School

Weirton Madonna High School

Wellsville High School

Wheeling Central High School

Wheeling Park High School

Don't Miss

Trending Stories

More Top News

WTRF 7News Twitter

12SportsZone Twitter