Clemson, SC-Freshman Chey Christie scored 24 points, while Ray
Henderson and Chris Hobbs each had double-doubles, leading Clemson to
a 94-76 exhibition basketball victory over the EA Sports Central
All-Stars at Littlejohn Coliseum Monday night. Point guard Edward
Scott added 13 assists, eight points and seven rebounds in a final
Clemson closed its exhibition season with a 2-0 record and an average
of 96 points per game. Larry Shyatt's team will open its regular
season Saturday night against Morris Brown at the Paradise Jam in the
Christie, brother of former Tiger star Tony Christie
(1995-99) scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half when he made
5-5 three-point shots. He was 9-12 from the field overall and also
added six rebounds. Henderson had his second straight double-double
in exhibition play with 10 points and 14 rebounds, including nine
off the offensive boards.
Hobbs had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Hobbs and Henderson
were the major reasons Clemson won the rebound battle, 64-39.
Clemson made 39 field goals and had 26 assists in the contest.
Edward Scott ran the Clemson offense and had an 8/0
assist/turnover ratio in the second half. Scott's career high in
assists in a regular season game is seven, so he nearly doubled his
previous best on the hardcourt at Clemson. He was a major reason
Clemson had 26 assists and just 17 turnovers. Clemson had 16 assists
and just four turnovers in the second half.
Tomas Nagys also had double figures in scoring with 10 points
and the junior added eight rebounds. Tony Stockman was a fifth Tiger
in double figures with 11 points and the sophomore added three
assists. Freshman Jemere Hendrix scored eight points and had five
rebounds in limited, but effective play. Shyatt played 13 points and
11 of them scored.
Kris Johnson, son of former UCLA All-American and NBA star
Marques Johnson, led EA Sports with 20 points and six rebounds.
Former Maryland point guard Duane Simpkins had 13 points, while Jimmy
Carroll added 11 points. Marek Ondera led the carom collectors for
EA Sports with 10. Clemson's defense allowed just 34.2 percent
shooting, as the visitors made 25-73 from the field.
Clemson won the contest by 18 points, but the Tigers trailed
61-60 with 10 minutes remaining. The Tigers went on a 36-15 run to
close the game. An 11-0 run from the 10:42 mark to the 8:34 mark in
the second half was the key for the Tigers. Christie scored five of
those points in that run. Clemson's largest lead was the final score.
Clemson scored the first point of the game on a free throw by
Henderson, then did not hold the lead again until 13:21 remained in
the game. EA Sports had an 11-point lead at 17-6 in the first six
minutes of the game on a three-pointer by Carroll. EA Sports
continued to hold the lead throughout the half. Clemson tied the
score for the first time at 30, then again at 34. Jeremy Eaton
scored on a short jumper with 17 seconds left before intermission to
give EA Sports a 40-37 lead at intermission.
Clemson then outscored EA Sports 57-36 in the second half. Clemson
shot 57 percent from the field in the second half, including 7-12 on