Clemson takes 76-56 victory over Texas Southern

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Jaron Blossomgame led Clemson with 22 points en route to a 76-56 victory over Texas Southern on Thursday night.

Clemson (3-0) built an 8-point lead with just under 16 minutes to play and never trailed thereafter.

Texas Southern led 33-31 at halftime behind 7-of-17 shooting from 3-point range, but was outscored 21-4 over the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Malcom Riley led Texas Southern (0-3) with a game-high 23 points.

Clemson used its size to its advantage, outscoring Texas Southern 42-20 in the paint and outrebounding the visiting Tigers 41-30.

Sidney Djitte turned in the first double-double of his career with 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for Clemson.

Texas Southern led by as many as 8 points in the early going, but Clemson battled back, finally taking its first lead of the game at 18-17 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half.