ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (AP) — Tanner Smith matched his career high with 17 points and Clemson never trailed in a 69-55 win over Long Beach State on Friday in the Paradise Jam.
The Tigers (3-0) will play Old Dominion in the second round and the 49ers (1-2) will play Saint Peter’s.READ MORE: 'It's Heartbreaking': ArcLight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres Closing Permanently Due To Pandemic Losses
Clemson, which hit 24 of 48 field goals, has shot 50 percent or better in three straight games to open the season.
The Tigers also shot a season-best 59 percent from 3-point range (10 of 17), with six different players hitting 3-pointers.
Clemson took a 13-point lead in the first half, but Long Beach State closed to 28-24 with 3:50 to go.READ MORE: 'We Are Seeing Our Economy Come Back To Life': Study Shows That Consumer Confidence In OC Is On The Rise As Residents Brace For Light At The End Of The Tunnel
The Tigers finished the half on a 9-0 run and led by as many as 20 in the second half.
Smith also scored 17 points last year when Clemson defeated the 49ers 87-79 in their only other meeting.
Larry Anderson scored 14 and was the only Long Beach State player in double figures.MORE NEWS: 2 Men Hospitalized After Large Explosion At Valley Glen Home, Investigation Ongoing
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