Basketball Returns to Action Against Penn St.


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Game 3: Clemson Tigers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

7:30 PM

The Civic Center of Anderson

Anderson, SC

TV: ESPN2 (Mark Jones, Tim McCormick)

Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties

Play By Play: Jim Phillips • Color Analyst: Tim Bourret

Clemson Head Coach: Larry Shyatt (College of Wooster, 1973)

Overall (Sixth season): 76-80 .482

At Clemson (Fifth season): 57-71 .439

Clemson Staff: Darren Tillis (Paul Quinn College, 1996; fifth season);
Bobby Hussey (Appalachian State, 1963; fifth season); Matt Driscoll (Slippery Rock, 1992; fifth season). Assistant to the
AD/Basketball Operations: Bruce Martin (Clemson, 1994). Strength Coach: Shannon Patterson (Taylor, 1996).
Athletic Trainer: J. “Raz” Razayeski (Georgia Tech, 1994).



Penn State Head Coach: Jerry Dunn (George Mason ‘81)

Overall 110-103 (8th year

At Penn State: 110-103 (8th year)

Penn State Assistants: Christian Appleman, Mike Boyd, Pat Brogan

 

Probable Lineups


CLEMSON (2-0, 0-0 ACC)   PENN STATE (0-3, 0-0 Big Ten )
     
14 Chey Christie 6-4 178 So. G 10 Brandon Watkins 6-0 165 Sr.
(10.0 PPG, 3.5 APG)   (13.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG)
10 Edward Scott 6-0 175 Sr. G 13 Sharif Chamblis 6-1 175 Jr.
(16.5 PPG, 8.0 APG)   (13.3 PPG, 2.7 RPG)
5 Sharrod Ford 6-9 220 So. C 22 Jan Jagla 6-11 215 So
(12.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG)   (11.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG)
12 Olu Babalola 6-6 255 So. F 1 Jamaal Tate 6-5 215 Jr.
(8.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG)   (4.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG)
43 Chris Hobbs 6-7 265 Jr. F 44 Ndu Egekeze 6-6 220 Sr.
(11.5 PPG, 7.0 RPG)    (3.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG)



Game Notes



• Clemson enters this game with a 2-0 record. The Tigers have not been 3-0 since
the opening of the 1998-99 season, Larry Shyatt’s first year as head coach.

• Clemson forward Chris Hobbs has played two games against Big Ten teams in his
career and has recorded a double-double in each game. He has 30 points and 20 rebounds against Big Ten
teams in his short career.

• Clemson has a 6-11 overall record against Big Ten teams in history, but the
Tigers are 3-0 at home. Clemson is 1-1 against Penn State, and both games have taken place in the ACC
vs. Big Ten challenge.

• Senior guard Edward Scott tied a Clemson career record when he had 14 points
and 10 assists in the victory over High Point on November 27. It was his seventh career double-double
when one of the stats is assists. He is now the co-holder of the record with Grayson Marshall, who
played for Clemson from 1984-88.

• Clemson’s four post players are 32-47 from the field so far this season, a
.680 percentage. They are a big reason Clemson is shooting 51 percent from the field for the year. Two of
those players, Chris Hobbs and Ray Henderson, are ranked in the top 10 in Clemson history in career field
goal percentage.

• Clemson’s three freshmen are shooting 10-16 from the field so far this season,
.625.

• Clemson has not trailed at any time over the first two games this year.
Clemson has had a six-point lead by the first media timeout in each of the first two games this season.

• Clemson starting guards Edward Scott and Chey Christie have a 23/4
assist/turnover ratio through the first two games of this year. Clemson as a team has committed just 25
turnovers in the first two games combined.

• Clemson is coming off a victory in which the Tigers had six double figure
scorers against High Point. It marked the first time since the season opener of the 1994-95 season that Clemson
has had six double figure scorers in the same game.

• Clemson has six players on its active roster for Tuesday night who played
against Penn State last year. That list includes four players, Edward Scott, Chris Hobbs, Chey Christie and
Sharrod Ford, who have had a double-figure scoring game against the Nittany Lions in their career.

• Tuesday’s game will be the first of three televised games from the Civic
Center of Anderson. The Clemson vs. Penn State game will be shown on ESPN2 and will start at 7:30 PM.
The Winthrop and Cincinnati games will also be televised.





Clemson in the Big Ten vs. ACC Challenge


This is the fourth year of the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge. Clemson is 2-1 so far with a
loss at Penn State during the 1999-00 season, a win over Northwestern in a game at Clemson in
2000-01 and a victory at Penn State last year. Thus, this is the third time in four years the two
teams have met in the challenge. Clemson was involved in two games in the ACC vs. Big East Challenge in the 1990s.
Clemson played in that event twice, in 1989-90 and 1990-91. The Tigers split the two games
there, a 71-70 win over Providence in a game played in Greensboro, and a 78-62 loss to
Seton Hall in a game played in Syracuse, NY.

The Providence game had a touch of
irony in that Clemson defeated future head coach Rick Barnes in that contest. The Tigers
went on to win their only ACC regular season championship in history that year. Providence
also went on to a solid season and played in the NCAA Tournament.

Thus, Clemson is 3-2 overall in the
ACC’s challenge series against other conferences. This is just the second time
Clemson has been the host school. The only other time Clemson played host to a challenge
was the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge against Northwestern two years ago.


Clemson in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge

Season  Opponent    Site Result
1999-00 Penn State   A   L, 75-85
2000-01 Northwestern H   W, 57-44
2001-02 Penn State   A   W, 79-66

Clemson vs. the Big Ten

Clemson has a 6-11 record against Big Ten teams over the years. The Tigers are
3-11 against Big Ten teams away from home, but 3-0 at home. The game at The Civic Center
of Anderson on Tuesday night will be considered a home game for Clemson. This is
the third time Clemson has faced Penn State, and the 10 th time Clemson has faced a Big 10
team in the last eight years.

Clemson lost to Michigan, 59-56 at the Maui Classic on November 23 of Larry
Shyatt’s first season and also played Illinois in the BiLo Center in Greenville, a 67-50 Illini
victory. Clemson lost at Penn State in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge by an 85-75 count under
Shyatt in 1999-00. He followed that with a victory over Northwestern in 2000-01 and the
win at Penn State last year. Larry Shyatt is 2-3 in his Clemson head coaching career against
the Big Ten.

Clemson had two games with Big Ten Champion Minnesota in 1996-97, losing both
contests, one in the championship of the San Juan Shootout and one in the Sweet 16 of the
NCAA Tournament in San Antonio. Clemson had lost six in a row to Big Ten teams prior to
Clemson’s 57-44 win over Northwestern in Littlejohn Coliseum in 2000-01.
Overall, Clemson is 1-0 vs. Indiana, 0-2 vs. Illinois, 0-2 vs. Michigan, 1-0 vs.
Northwestern, 1-1 vs. Penn State, 2-0 vs. Purdue, 0-2 vs. Iowa, 1-4 vs. Minnesota.
Clemson’s victory over a 15th ranked Indiana team at the 1980 Rainbow Classic remains
Clemson’s only victory in history over a team that went on to win the National Championship.
Clemson won that contest, 58-57.


Last Year vs. Penn State At State College, PA

November 28, 2001


Chris Hobbs scored 17 points and added 10 rebounds to lead Clemson to a 79-66
win over Penn State in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge of 2001. Clemson came back from
a 10-point halftime deficit thanks to 59.1 percent field goal shooting in the second half,
and a 20-7 run in the final 10 minutes of the game. Clemson held Penn State to 22.7
percent shooting in the second half as the Nittany Lions made only five of 22 shots.


The first half was much different as Penn State erupted to an early 23-9 lead. The
Nittany Lions made their first 10 shots from the floor and finished the first half shooting 61.5
percent from the field compared to Clemson’s 38.2 percentage. Penn State held a 44-34 lead
at intermission on its home court.

The double-double by Hobbs was his
first of the season and the seventh of his career. Chey Christie added 16 points, three
steals and a pair of rebounds in 34 minutes. He was seeing more playing time due to illness to
starting perimeter players Tony Stockman and Jamar McKnight. Edward Scott finished with
eight points, nine assists seven rebounds and three steals after playing all 40 minutes.
Tomas Nagys was a factor on the inside as well with 11 points and nine rebounds,
while freshman Sharrod Ford had his first career double figure scoring game with 10
points in 20 minutes. Clemson had five players in double figures overall, the first time in three
years that had occurred.
 

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