Clemson overpowers Alabama State 70-45Alabama State's Stephawn Brown, left, gets fouled by Clemson's Bernard Sullivan as he drives to the basket in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Devin Booker had 13 points and seven rebounds as Clemson overwhelmed Alabama State with its size and halfcourt defense Monday night, strolling to a 70-45 win.
Milton Jennings added 12 points off the bench for Clemson (6-4), which shot 50 percent for the second straight game, this time making 24 of 48.
Kenderek Washington scored 10 points for Alabama State (2-8), which attempted a 2-3 zone to try to compensate for using no one taller than 6-foot-6.
But the Hornets shot just 32.7 percent (17 of 52) against Clemson's man-to-man defense and committed 16 turnovers. The Tigers have held five of their 10 opponents this season to 50 or fewer points, winning all five games.
With the score tied 3-3 after 4 minutes, the Tigers went on a 9-0. Alabama State made just one of its first 14 field-goal tries and committed five turnovers in that span.
But Clemson's lead didn't reach double digits until two free throws by Booker made it 29-19 with 4:15 remaining until halftime.
Booker's alley-oop dunk with 35 seconds to go in the half expanded Clemson's lead to 36-21 at the break. It marked the first time Booker has scored in double figures in the last seven games.
The win amounted to little more than a tuneup for the Tigers before they travel to Honolulu to play UTEP on Thursday in the Diamond Head Classic.