Clemson closed out the regular season with an easy 87-64 win at home against Notre Dame on Saturday.
The win locked Clemson into a double bye as the No. 1 seed. 3 in the ACC Tournament, which begins next week in Greensboro, NC
Clemson (22-9, 14-6 ACC) went wire-to-wire against a Notre Dame team that had trouble traveling to South Carolina.
The slow start was convenient for the Fighting Irish (11-20, 3-17), who were originally scheduled to fly to Clemson on Friday, but their flight was delayed and eventually canceled due to storms in the Midwest. Notre Dame flew Saturday morning, and jet lag was an apt description of their first half start.
Clemson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open the game and led 22-5 before Notre Dame made its second field goal with 12:03 left in the first half.
Clemson led by 24 at halftime and held a 48-29 advantage at halftime. The Tigers then cruised into the second half on a night where they were hot from beyond the arc, knocking down 13 of 29 three-pointers.
Hunter Tyson and Ian Schieffelin each had 16 points for Clemson, while PJ Hall (15 points), Chase Hunter (14) and Brevin Galloway (13) all had double figures.
Clemson emptied the bench in the final minutes and former student manager Jack Nauseef knocked down a free throw for his first collegiate point, leading to an explosion from the Clemson crowd.
Cormac Ryan leads Notre Dame with 19 points.
It was the final regular-season game for Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, who is leaving the Fighting Irish after 23 seasons. Brey heads into the ACC Tournament with a career record of 483-279 at Notre Dame.
Notre Dame will be the no. 14 in the ACC tournament and will play Virginia Tech on Tuesday.
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