Tigers Open San Juan Shootout

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The Clemson Tiger men’s basketball team will open the San Juan Shootout against the host team Puerto Rico-Mayaguez at 10:00 a.m. It will be the first game the Tigers have played in nine days. The Tigers will look to push their record to 9-0 and remain amongst the ranks of the unbeatens.

This will be Clemson's fourth trip to the San Juan Shootout. Clemson is 5-4 in those three previous trips combined, but the Tigers have been to the finals twice, in 1989 and 1996. Both times Clemson lost in the finals, the Tigers were defeated by a team that advanced to at least the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament (Alabama in 1989 and Minnesota in 1996).

The Tigers will look to ride the play of their backcourt in San Juan. Vernon Hamilton has posted double figures in four consecutive games. Shawan Robinson is leading the team in scoring, and he has done damage at the foul line.

While the Tigers have seen their share of woes at the foul line, Robinson has connected on 22-23 from the foul line. He was seventh in the nation in free throw percentage going into this past weekend.

Cliff Hammonds scored a season-high 21 points against East Tennessee State. Hammonds hit five three-pointers to break out of an early season slump. Against Wofford, Hammonds was scoreless for the first time in his Clemson career.

If Clemson wins, they will play the winner of the Holy Cross-Chattanooga matchup. The game will not be televised, but you can listen to the game on 104.9 FM in the upstate of South Carolina or you can listen online at wccpfm.com.

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