Clemson rolls past Mercer for fourth straight win

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – Donte Grantham had 19 points off four 3-pointers as Clemson won its fourth straight with a 90-47 blowout of Mercer on Saturday.

The Tigers (6-2), tagged with a basketball rep of pre-ACC season struggling, won their second consecutive game in dominating fashion after topping Coppin State by 41 points here last Sunday. This time, Clemson rode Grantham’s strong outside shooting to a 27-point first-half lead that the overmatched Bears (5-5) could not dent.

Grantham had two long-range baskets and a 3-point play early on to put the Tigers up 18-11. He added a long 3 right before halftime as Clemson went into the break ahead 49-23.

Jaron Blossomgame had 16 points as the Tigers had five players finish in double figures. Grantham also added six rebounds, two assists and block and a steal.

It’s the first time Clemson has won consecutive games by at least 40 points since the start of the 2009-10 season when it beat Presbyterian by 43 points and Liberty by 40 next time out.

Ria’n Holland had 12 points to lead the Bears, who have lost four of their past five games after opening 4-1.