The USC Upstate men’s basketball team opens a two-game road trip Wednesday evening as it makes the short trip to Greenville to take on the Clemson Tigers at 7 p.m. from Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
Upstate (1-7) is coming off its first win of the season on Monday with a 101-54 home victory over Toccoa Falls. Deion Holmes led five players in double-figures scoring with a game-high 20 points. Josh Cuthbertson added 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting; while Jacob Schulte and Ramel Thompkins each had 13, and Michael Buchanan contributed a season-high 11 off the bench. Mike Cunningham had six assists and five steals, and Malik Moore tallied six steals and five assists, becoming the first players since Ty Greene last season versus Montreat to have five or more steals in a game.
The Spartans recorded over 100 points in a game for the first time since scoring 101 against Montreat on Dec. 30, 2014, and also had five players post at least 10 points for the second time this season.
Holmes has scored over 20 points in each of his last four games and currently ranks fourth in the A-Sun in scoring at 17.6 points per game. He is also second in free-throw shooting at 89.7%.
Clemson (4-2) is under the direction of sixth-year head coach Brad Brownell, who is 94-75 during his tenure with the Tigers. Jaron Blossomgame leads Clemson with 19.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this season.
Upstate is facing the Tigers for the first time in program history Wednesday evening.
Fans can follow the action on www.upstatespartans.com via live stats and audio streaming. The game is being televised on ESPN3. Updates will also be posted on the Upstate men’s basketball Twitter page (@UPSTMBB).
The Spartans head to Greenville, N.C. Friday evening to face the East Carolina Pirates at 7 p.m.