Roper, tough defense lead Clemson to 80-50 win

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Jordan Roper tied his career high with 19 points and Clemson's staunch defense shut down one of the country's highest scoring teams in an 80-50 victory over VMI on Monday night.

Roper's output came on an off night for the Tigers' top scorer in K.J. McDaniels. The junior was not given the start by head coach Brad Brownell and was in foul trouble most of the game. McDaniels finished with 7 points, all in the second half for Clemson (9-3).

VMI (6-6) was third nationally in scoring at 89.5 points per game, but were held to its lowest total of the season by the Clemson defense, which is ranked No. 1 in the country.

D.J. Covington led the Keydets with 20 points. Their two top scorers in QJ Peterson and Rodney Glasgow were a combined 4-for-31 shooting and managed 13 points, more than 25 fewer than the duo usually scores.