Game 16 Notes: Clemson vs. Virginia


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Game 16: Clemson vs. Virginia



Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002

7:06 PM (EST)

Littlejohn Coliseum (11,020)

Clemson, SC



TV: Fox Sports Net South/Sunshine

Play By Play: Mike Hogewood * Color Analyst: Bobby Cremins



Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties

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



Clemson vs. Virginia Series


Virginia holds a 58-43 advantage in the series with Clemson, a series
that dates to 1936 when Clemson won at Charlottesville, 45-34. That
was the only meeting between the two teams prior to the formation of
the ACC. Since 1955 Clemson and Virginia have met at least twice per
season.


Virginia has won each of the last four meetings, series sweeps each
of the last two years, but Virginia holds just a 7-5 lead over the
last 12 games. Clemson had won four in a row over Virginia in
Littlejohn Coliseum by an average of 14 points prior to the 1999-00
win by the Cavaliers at Clemson. Clemson last defeated Virginia 88-65
at Littlejohn Coliseum in 1998-99, Larry Shyatt's first year as
Clemson head coach. Prior to Virginia's four-game winning streak in
the series, Clemson won six of nine between 1996-1999.


The Tigers don't fare well in close games against Virginia. In fact,
in the last 23 years, regardless of site, Clemson is 2-15 against the
Cavaliers in games decided by five points or less. That includes six
straight losses since a 65-62 Clemson win at Clemson in 1988-89, a
game that was won on a baseline jumper by Elden Campbell with five
seconds left. That is the last time Clemson hit a shot inside the
last five seconds in Littlejohn Coliseum to win a game.


For a period of time the series featured many close games. In the
1980s, 11 games were decided by five points or less, including nine
that were decided by two or one point. In the 1990s, just five were
decided by five or less.


University Hall has been a building of horrors for Clemson the last
23 years. Clemson has a 3-20 record in the building since 1979 and
all three wins have come in special seasons.



Larry Shyatt, Pete Gillen Both Coached at Providence


Larry Shyatt and Pete Gillen have a common school in their history.
Both coached with the Providence Friars. Shyatt was an assistant
under Rick Barnes from 1988-94 and was on the staff that won the only
Big East Tournament Championship in the school's history. Gillen was
the head coach at Providence after Barnes left and took the Friars to
the Final Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Gillen ended up coaching many
of the players Shyatt had recruited to Providence, including
first-round draft choice Austin Croshere.



Last Year vs. Virginia...

Virginia 104, Clemson 76

Jan. 27, 2001 at Clemson, SC

Virginia had four different players score at least 17 points to
offset a 28-point effort by freshman Chris Hobbs in a 104-76 Cavalier
win at Clemson on Jan. 27, 2001. Virginia connected on 57.4 percent
of its field goal attempts overall, 50 percent from three-point land
and 72.4 percent from the foul line. The Cavs also out-rebounded
Clemson 43-32 and committed just 10 turnovers in its finest
all-around performance of the first half of the season for the then
12th-ranked team.


Clemson shot 39 percent for the game, but hit just 4-23 from the
field to open the contest. Clemson went nearly seven minutes without
a point at one stretch. That poor Clemson shooting led to a 36-12
Virginia advantage to open the game. Clemson trailed 47-28 at
intermission. The Tigers cut the lead to 15 in the second half, but
that was as close as the Tigers could get. Virginia made 22-33 shots
from the field in the second half, 66.7 percent. It was Clemson's
worst home loss since Duke defeated the Tigers by 29 in 1990-91. Chris Hobbs scored 28 points and had a team best nine rebounds to
lead the Tigers. Hobbs hit 10-13 from the field and 8-9 free throws
in scoring the most points by a Clemson freshman since the 1995-96
season. Virginia held Clemson scoring leader Will Solomon to just 10
points on 2-14 shooting. It was season low for Solomon, who had
scored a season high 41 in the previous contest with Georgia Tech. Chris Williams scored 22 and Donald Hand added 20 points and nine
assists to lead the Cavs. Adam Hall had 17 points and 12 rebounds and
led the defense against Solomon. Clemson made 71.4 percent from the
foul line. The Tigers made more free throws than Virginia attempted,
an unusual accomplishment for the losing team. The Tigers also
committed just 10 turnovers, its low total for an ACC game. Tony
Stockman scored 13 points and had five assists with no turnovers.



Virginia 84, Clemson 65

Feb. 28, 2001 at Charlottesville, VA

Virginia outscored Clemson 12-5 over the last three minutes of the
game and went on to an 84-65 win over Clemson in Charlottesville on
Feb. 28. The seventh-ranked Cavaliers closed out their home schedule
with the victory, their 20th of the season.


Clemson out-shot Virginia, made more free throws and won the
rebounding battle. But, a season high 25 turnovers and just five made
three-point goals compared to 11 by the Cavs gave Pete Gillen's team
the victory in front of 7,867 fans. Virginia outscored Clemson 33-7
in terms of points off turnovers.


Clemson was led by Tomas Nagys. The sophomore from Lithuania had 19
points and nine rebounds in just 21 minutes of play. It was his
career high in scoring, in fact 11 more points than he had scored in
a game previously. The rebound total tied his career high. He also
made two three-point goals, the third and fourth of his career. Dwon Clifton added 10 points (his season high) and seven rebounds to
go with three steals in 21 active minutes. Those were the only two
Tigers in double figures. Chris Hobbs had seven points and nine
rebounds, while Jamar McKnight and Will Solomon also had seven points. Solomon played just 18 minutes as he battled a flu virus. The
20-point scorer was too sick to travel with the team to
Charlottesville. He flew in a Clemson University plane on Wednesday
afternoon, joined the team at the hotel and came to the arena with
the team on Wednesday. He shot just 1-7 from the field, but did made
5-7 free throws. It just the third time in his last 57 games that he
failed to reach double figures.


Clemson stayed with the heavily favored Cavaliers throughout the
contest. Clemson trailed by just 34-31 at the three-minute mark of
the first half. With 1:29 left, and Virginia up by five, Tomas Nagys
was called for an intentional foul. Then, the Clemson bench was
issued a technical foul in an ensuing disagreement with the call.
That led to a nine-point (42-33) Virginia lead at halftime.
The two teams battled on even terms in the second half. The first 10
minutes of the half the margin was between 11 and 14 points. Eight
times Clemson had a possession in which it could have cut the lead to
10 or nine points, but never could convert. Virginia hit three-point
shots on its last two possessions to make the margin 19, its largest
of the game.



Clemson Downs Georgia Tech


Chris Hobbs scored 25 points and Jamar McKnight added 22 to lead
Clemson to an 83-76 victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Jan. 5,
2002. It was Clemson's third win in Atlanta since the 1987-88 season
(15 seasons) and broke a streak of nine consecutive ACC road losses
for the Tigers.


Hobbs had a double-double as he added 10 rebounds to his point total.
The 25 points tied his season high and his 10 rebounds tied a season
high. He connected on 9-15 field goals in the contest. His only
disappointing stat line was in free throws, where he made just 7-13.
McKnight was a perfect 5-5 on field goal attempts in the second half
on the way to the second highest point total of his career. He also
added a career-high eight rebounds in his productive 32 minutes. Edward Scott added his second straight double-double with 12 points
and 11 assists. He also added six rebounds as he continues to grab
over five rebounds per game. Tony Stockman scored 11 points and added
five assists. Clemson starters scored 79 of the 83 points. Tony Akins
led Tech with 20 points, while Marvin Lewis scored 19. Lewis made
just 4-13 shots from the field.


Clemson shot 51 percent from the field and won the rebound battle
43-35. Clemson also outscored Tech on fast-break points 18-6, and won
the second chance points by a 15-8 margin.


The two teams went back and forth over the first half. Clemson had a
29-23 lead on a steal and dunk by freshman Olu Babalola. But, Tech
went on a 9-0 run and held a 32-29 lead with 1:13 left on a jumper by
Robert Brooks. The score was tied at 34 when Edward Scott hit a
25-foot three-pointer with four seconds left in the half, giving
Clemson a 37-34 lead at intermission. His longest career made field
goal ended an 0-18 slump from the field for Scott over three games. Scott's shot seemed to give the Tigers momentum as it went into the
locker room. Clemson went on a 14-6 run to open the second half to
extend the advantage to double figures, 51-40 with 15:21 left. The
margin grew to 14 points at 57-43 on a layup inside by Hobbs, who
scored nine points in the first eight minutes of the second half. Tech closed the margin to three points at 70-67 with five minutes
left, but that was as close as the Yellow Jackets could get. A
three-point goal by Scott with 3:10 left gave Clemson a seven-point
lead and the margin grew back to 10 points with 40 seconds left on a
free throw by Ray Henderson. Tony Akins hit a three-point goal at the
buzzer to bring the margin back to seven points.



Clemson Wins at Tech in Football and Basketball


Clemson recorded victories at Georgia Tech in football and men's
basketball this academic year. This is the first time since 1986-87
and just the second year in history that Clemson has won in Atlanta
in those two high profile sports in the same year. In 1986-87,
Clemson won the football game by a 27-3 score, then won the
basketball game behind Horace Grant and a late shot by Michael Tait,
67-66.


Earlier this year Clemson defeated Georgia Tech on the gridiron at
Grant Field, 47-44 in overtime. At the end of the first half of that
game, Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler scored on a 38-yard run on
the last play of the half, giving Clemson momentum going into the
locker room. Edward Scott recorded the basketball version of that
play when he made a 25-foot three-point shot to end the first half of
the basketball game on Jan. 5. Clemson went on to win the basketball
game by a touchdown, 83-76.



Clemson Wins on the Road in January


Clemson's win at Georgia Tech was a landmark victory for the Tigers.
The 83-76 victory was Clemson's second ACC road win in the last four
years, the first since winning at N.C. State by a 66-63 score on Feb.
27, 2000.


It was the first Clemson ACC road win in the month of January since
Jan. 15, 1997 when Clemson at 11th-ranked Maryland by a 67-63 score.
That was Clemson's third straight ACC road win that year, the last
time Clemson has won three straight ACC road games. Clemson has
struggled on the road historically, but especially in the month of
January in recent years. Clemson had lost 16 straight January ACC
road games prior to the Georgia Tech game. Prior to Saturday, Clemson
had been 6-44 in ACC road games in January dating to the 1987-88
season.


Clemson will try for two in a row on the ACC road this Saturday at
Wake Forest, where it has not won since Elden Campbell's senior year,
1989-90. In fact, that is Clemson's only win in Lawrence Joel
Coliseum.


Each of the last two years Clemson has won an ACC road game in
January it has gone on to win two. Clemson was 2-1 in ACC January
road games in 1996-97, and 2-2 in 1994-95, Larry Shyatt's first year
with the program (as an assistant under Rick Barnes). Clemson had
been shutout when it comes to ACC January road games nine of the last
11 years.



Clemson vs. Virginia Battle of Rebounding


Clemson and Virginia will be a battle of the top two rebounding teams
in the ACC. Clemson leads the league with a +9.6 margin, while
Virginia is second at +9.1 rebounds per contest. Both teams are among
the top four in the conference in offensive rebounding.


Both teams are led by strong, but not especially tall centers.
Clemson's Ray Henderson is listed at 6-8 and 255 pounds, while
Virginia's Travis Watson is 6-8 and 255 pounds. Thus, depending on
their pregame meal, it should be equal in terms of height and weight
under the boards on Tuesday night. Watson is second in the league in
rebounding with a 10.8 average after his 13-rebound performance
against Virginia. Henderson is third in the conference in carom
collecting with a 9.2 figure through 15 games.


Henderson has gotten considerable help on the boards from Chris
Hobbs, who has a 6.2 average after pulling in 10 rebounds against
Georgia Tech. The third leading rebounder on the team is Edward
Scott, the Clemson point guard who has a 5.1 average. Scott is on
pace to record the highest rebound average for a Clemson point guard
since the 1950s.



Bruise Brothers Leading Inside Game


Clemson frontcourt players Ray Henderson and Chris Hobbs are becoming
quite a duo on the inside this year. Hobbs ranks first on the team in
scoring with a 13.6 average, while Henderson is fourth on the team
with a 9.6 average. They are the top two rebounders on the Tiger
team, as Henderson has a 9.2 rebounding average and Hobbs is at 6.2
per game.


Both had a strong impact on Clemson's win at Georgia Tech. Hobbs had
25 points and 10 rebounds, while Henderson added nine points and six
rebounds. Collectively, they shot 13-21 from the field and pulled in
16 rebounds to go with 34 points.


Both have double-double potential. Henderson already has six
double-doubles this year, more than he had all of last year. Hobbs
has two double-doubles, including the win over Georgia Tech and the
win at Penn State. Henderson and Hobbs, both from the state of North
Carolina, are the major reason Clemson is out-rebounding the
opposition by 9.6 rebounds per game.


With both players at roughly the same size, 6-7 and 255 pounds, Coach
Larry Shyatt has begun to call them the "Bruise Brothers" when he
refers to Hobbs and Henderson in interviews. They are reminding some
of a powerful frontcourt duo that led the Tigers to the ACC regular
season championship in 1989-90.


That year, Elden Campbell and Dale Davis both were named first-team
All-ACC, the only year in school history Clemson has had two
first-team selections. Campbell and Davis combined for 30.7 points
and 19.3 rebounds per game on Clemson's 24-8 squad that advanced to
the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.


Campbell and Davis were known as the "Duo of Doom" as the 6-11
frontcourt players struck fear in opposing players who drove the lane
against them. Both are still in the NBA 12 years later. Campbell is
the starting center for the Charlotte Hornets, while Davis is the
starting center for the Portland Trailblazers.


Below is a comparison between Davis-Campbell and Hobbs-Henderson. It
looks at the year 1988-89 for Campbell and Davis, the year they were
juniors and sophomores, respectively, the same class and level of
experience for Henderson and Hobbs. Campbell and Davis scored at a
higher rate, but Hobbs and Henderson are holding their own in terms
of rebounding, field goal percentage and free throw percentage,
despite playing fewer minutes.



Bruise Brothers vs. Duo of Doom

Category	1988-89	2001-02
	Campbell-Davis	Hobbs-Henderson
Points/Game	30.8	23.3
Rebounds/Game	16.6	15.4
Field Goal %	.594	.573
Free Throw %	.666	.660
Minutes/Game	51.7	48.8




Clemson Veterans vs. Virginia


Clemson has eight veteran players who have gone against Virginia
previously. Chris Hobbs leads the way, as the sophomore scored 35
points in two games against Pete Gillen's team a year ago. That
includes a career high 28-point performance in Littlejohn Coliseum
last year. Hobbs also had 18 rebounds and shot 13-19 from the field
in the two games vs. Virginia a year ago. Classmate Tony Stockman had
19 points in two games vs. Virginia.


Tomas Nagys also has his career high in scoring against Virginia. He
had 19 in the loss in Charlottesville a year ago. Dwon Clifton had
his only double figure scoring game against Virginia in
Charlottesville a year ago.
         	G-GS	Min	FG-A	3-A	FT-A	Reb	A-T	B-S 	Pts.	Avg.
Dwon Clifton	2-2	41	7-18	2-5	3-8	3-9	0-0 	0-3	19	9.5
Ray Henderson	4-2	55	7-14	0-0	1-6	6-11	1-0 	0-2	15	3.8
Chris Hobbs	2-2	62	13-19	0-0	9-11	7-18	3-5 	2-0	35	17.5
Walker Holt	3-0	23	0-0	0-0	2-2	0-3	2-2 	0-0	2	0.7
Jamar McKnight	2-0	27	5-7	1-1	0-0	2-2	0-2 	0-1	11	5.5
Thomas Nagys	3-0	27	6-10	2-2	13-15	4-14	2-5 	1-0	27	9.0
Edward Scott	3-3	103	5-10	2-6	1-5	0-8	11-10	0-1	14	4.7
Tony Stockman	2-1	59	6-23	5-15	2-2	1-3	9-6 	0-2	19	10.5


McKnight Stats Much Improved


Jamar McKnight, Clemson's only senior, is following a tradition of
second-year improvement by Tiger junior college players. This season,
McKnight has scored10.9 points a game and averaged 4.1 rebounds per
contest. He is shooting 50 percent from the field and a team best 43
percent from three-point range.


Last year, McKnight scored just 68 points and had 25 rebounds all
year in 20 games. He averaged 3.4 points and 1.3 rebounds per
contest. Thus, McKnight has tripled his scoring average and rebound
average between his junior and senior seasons.


McKnight might have played his best game as a Tiger when Clemson
defeated Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Jan. 5. The native of Zachery, LA
who was playing in front of family and friends who had made the trip
from Louisiana, had 22 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes of
play. He made his last five shots from the field and shot 9-12
overall.


Most junior college transfers make improvement from year one to year
two. But, McKnight is doing it at a near record pace. Billy Williams
holds the Clemson standard for scoring average improvement for a
junior college transfer from his first year to his second. Williams
average went from 5.6 a game in 1977-78 to 13.2 in 1978-79, a 7.6
points per game improvement. He went on to average 17.6 a game and
earn first-team All-ACC honors in 1979-80. McKnight has improved 7.5
points per game this year over last season.



Jamar McKnight Improvement Chart
Category	2000-01	2001-02
Points/Game	3.4	10.9
Rebounds/Game	1.3	4.1
Field goal %	.429	.500
3Pt FGs/Game	0.45	1.62
3pt Goal %	.391	.429
Minutes/Game	9.4	21.0




Stockman Second in Three-Point Goals/Game


Clemson sophomore Tony Stockman had six three-point goals against
Yale to move him over the 100 mark in his short Clemson career. It
took him just 43 games to reach 100 three-point goals, second fastest
in Clemson history behind Chris Whitney. Of course, Whitney was a
junior college transfer, so Stockman is the first to reach 100 as a
sophomore just 43 games into his career.


Stockman now has 108 three-point goals in just 44 games, an average
of 2.45 per game. That is second best in Clemson history on a
per-game average, behind Whitney's 2.88 per game achieved between
1991-93. Whitney had 167 threes in 58 career games. He is now a
starting guard with Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards.
Stockman is making threes at a higher rate than former teammate and
Will Solomon, Terrell McIntrye.


As far as overall three-point goals are concerned, his 108 rank 8th
in school history. His three three-point goals at Georgia Tech moved
him from 10th to eighth in school history, as he moved ahead of Tony
Christie and Andre Bovain. Next on the list is Merl Code, who had
125. Current Clemson assistant AD for basketball operations, Bruce
Martin, is sixth with 129.



Clemson Career Leaders in Three-Point Goals/Game
Rk	Name    	Yrs	Years	Md	GP	3G/G
1.	Chris Whitney	2	1991-93	167	58	2.88
2.	Tony Stockman	2	2000-02	108	44	2.45
3.	Will Solomon	3	1998-01	214	94	2.28
4.	Michael Tait	2	1985-87	70	31	2.26
5.	Ter McIntyre	4	1995-99	259	126	2.06
6.	Marc Campbell	4	1980-84	37	19	1.95
7.	Anthony Jenkins	4	1982-87	91	47	1.94
8.	Jeff Brown	2	1992-94	82	55	1.49
9.	Bruce Martin	4	1991-95	129	88	1.46
10.	David Young	4	1988-92	138	97	1.42

Clemson Career Leaders in Total Three-Point Goals
Rk	Name    	Yrs	Years	GP	Att	3Gls
1.	Ter McIntyre	4	1995-99	126	696	259
2.	Will Solomon	3	1998-01	94	585	214
3.	Chris Whitney	2	1991-93	58	404	167
4.	A Jurkunas	4	1995-00	115	414	146
5.	David Young	4	1988-92	97	402	138
6.	Bruce Martin	4	1991-95	88	336	129
7.	Merl Code	4	1993-97	97	371	125
8.	Tony Stockman	2	2000-02	44	292	108
9.	Andre Bovain	4	1990-94	108	326	107
10.	Tony Christie	4	1995-99	115	315	106




Scott Tops 300 Assist Mark


Clemson junior guard Edward Scott had 11 assists in the Yale game,
giving him 301 for his career. He became the 11th player in Clemson
history to reach 300 assists in a career. Scott has the 312 assists
in 69 games, an average of 4.52 per contest. That ranks fifth best in
school history on a per game basis.


Scott has five games of double figures in assists and eight with nine
or more. That includes the win at Georgia Tech when he had 11 assists
to go with 12 points. In his first two years he never had more than
seven assists in a single game. He had a career-high 14 assists
against Charleston Southern on Dec. 22, the most assists by a Tiger
since Chris Whitney had 14 against Liberty on Dec. 5, 1992. Scott has been improved in a number of areas this year, including
scoring. He has averaged 9.6 points a game this year and has had a
pair of 20 point scoring nights, the first two of his career. Scott
had 25 points on 8-12 shooting in the win over LaSalle in The Virgin
Islands in the second game of the year, and had 21 points and 11
assists in a victory over Elon. That was the first time since the
1998-99 season that any Clemson player had 20 points and double
figures in assists in the same game.


Scott averages 7.4 points per game over his career, but has a 9.6
average this year. He has averaged 4.5 assists per game for his
career, but stands at an ACC leading 7.73 assists per game this year.
That is on a record pace. Grayson Marshall holds the Clemson record
for a season at 7.71 in 1985-86.


And, Scott's rebound average of 5.1 this year is ahead of his career
3.7 figure. In fact, his 5.1 rebounds per game is the best for a
Clemson point guard since Doug Hoffman had a 6.0 average as the point
guard in 1957-58. Scott had 10 rebounds in the loss to Yale, his
career high. He had an unusual double-double in that game with 10
rebounds and 11 assists, but just one point.

Clemson Career Leaders in Assists/Game
Rk	Name    	Yrs	Years	Ast	GP	A/G
1.	Gr Marshall	4	1984-88	857	122	7.02
2.	Chris Whitney	2	1991-93	354	58	6.10
3.	Marion Cash	2	1988-90	335	64	5.23
4.	Ter McIntyre	4	1995-99	577	126	4.58
5.	Edward Scott	3	1999-02	312	69	4.52
6.	Derrick Johnson	4	1975-79	476	111	4.29
7.	Lou Richie	2	1992-94	239	57	4.19
8.	Chris Dodds	3	1979-82	325	83	3.92
9.	Mike Eppley	4	1980-84	268	69	3.88
10.	David Young	4	1988-92	330	97	3.40




Clemson Playing Better on the Road


Littlejohn Coliseum is usually regarded as a strong home-court
advantage for Clemson. However, so far this year it appears Clemson
has played better away from home. Clemson is 5-3 at home and 5-2 away
from home so far this season. Clemson has a better scoring average,
field goal percentage, three-point percentage and rebound margin on
the road as oppose to home this season.


Individually there are differences. Leading scorer Chris Hobbs
averages just 11.5 points a game at home, but scores at a 16.0 rate
away from home. Tony Stockman and Edward Scott both score higher on
the road.


What is really strange is the freshmen. You would think freshmen
would perform better at home than on the road. But, so far this year,
Clemson's five freshmen have shot just 38.8 percent from the field at
home (33-85), but are hitting at a 53 percent rate (37-70) away from
home. Sharrod Ford shoots 65 percent on the road and 52 percent at
home. Chey Christie is shooting 28.6 percent in Littlejohn Coliseum,
but 50 percent away from home.


Clemson has already won five games away from home this year, more
than they won away from home in 1999-00 and 2000-01. Clemson won
three games away from Littlejohn Coliseum each of those seasons.
Clemson won six games away from home Larry Shyatt's first year,
1998-99.


The Clemson single season record for wins away from home in a year is
11 set in the 1996-97 season, Clemson's last Sweet 16 season in the
NCAA tournament. Larry Shyatt was associate head coach of that
Clemson team.



Clemson Stats Comparison by Site
Category	Home	Away
Record  	5-3	5-2
Points Per Game	74.9	76.6
Field Goal %	44.4	45.7
3-Point FG %	25.8	34.0
Reb. Margin	+7.5	+12.0
Opp 3-Point FG%	36.0	31.1




Clemson in Littlejohn Coliseum


This is the 34th season of basketball in Littlejohn Coliseum. The
facility opened in 1968-69 with a 76-72 win over Georgia Tech.
Clemson has struggled at home this year, relative to its rate of
success in previous years. Clemson is 5-3 at home so far this season
and 5-2 away from home.


Tonight's game will be the ninth contest at home this year and the
496th in the history of the facility. Clemson has a record of 361-134
at home over the years, a 72.78 winning percentage. Clemson is
123-106 in ACC games in the facility, a .537 winning percentage, and
238-28 in non-conference games, an 89.5 winning percentage. Clemson
has had a winning home record in 31 of the previous 33 seasons.



Clemson Rebounding at Record Pace


Clemson has been strong on the glass this year, winning the rebound
margin in all but one game this year. Clemson has a +9.6 rebound
margin over the first 15 games, a figure that would be a Clemson
record if the season ended today.


The Clemson record for rebound margin over the course of a season is
+8.2 per game, a mark established by Larry Shyatt's first Clemson
team (1998-99). That team ranked eighth in the nation in rebound
margin. Harold Jamison led that club with a 9.9 figure, 18th best in
the country.


Ray Henderson has done his best to impersonate Jamison on this
Clemson team. The junior from Charlotte has averaged 9.2 rebounds per
game, third best in the ACC. He is a big reason Clemson is first in
the ACC in that figure.


Henderson's rebound stat is impressive considering he plays just 22
minutes per game. Jamison played 29 minutes a game when he averaged
9.9 rebounds per contest in 1998-99.


The only team to beat Clemson on the boards over the first 14 games
is South Carolina, who had a 46-37 advantage in rebounding. Clemson
has had a double-digit rebound margin advantage in eight of its 15
games so far this year.



Clemson's top Rebound Margin Seasons

Year Mar

2001-02 +9.6

1998-99 +8.2

1975-76 +5.8

1985-86 +4.9

1984-85 +4.9

1974-75 +4.9

1989-90 +4.5

1996-97 +4.5



Freshmen Making Strong Contribution


Clemson's freshman class, five strong for the 2001-02 season, has
made a significant contribution. For the year, the group of Chey
Christie, Sharrod Ford, Jemere Hendrix, Olu Babalola and Steve Allen
has scored 192 points and collected 95 rebounds in 590 minutes. That
computes to 12.8 points 6.3 rebounds and 39.3 minutes per game. The
group is 70-155 from the field, 45.2 percent, ahead of the team field
goal percentage of 45.0.


The group was especially helpful in the last two wins, victories over
Charleston Southern and Hartford. In those two games combined, the
five freshmen have scored 46 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and hit
18-30 shots from the field, 60 percent. They have done that in 112
total minutes.


The most productive freshman of late has been Sharrod Ford. The
rookie is shooting 61 percent from the field for the season, best on
the team and is 10 for his last 15. He came in with the reputation of
an accomplished shot blocker. He has 17 blocks this season to rank
tied for first on the team, but he is in the top 10 in the ACC. He
has those 17 blocks in just 12.6 minutes per game.



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