Game 17 Notes: Clemson Tigers vs. North Carolina
Game 17: Clemson Tigers vs. North Carolina
Clemson vs. North Carolina Series
•Clemson has won two of the last
As far as total three-point goals made
Wednesday, January 18, 2004
Tipoff: 9:07 PM
Site: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
City: Clemson, SC
TV: Jefferson Pilot (Tim Brando, Mike Gminski)
Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity, Tim Bourret)
XM Radio: Channel 180
Overall: UNC leads 113-19
At Clemson: UNC Leads 32-15
at Littlejohn: UNC leads 23-12
At Chapel Hill: UNC leads 50-0
at Neutral: UNC leads 31-4
Last Year: Clem. won at CU, 81-72
UNC won at UNC, 69-53
Last UNC win
at Clemson: 87-69 in 2001-02
Probable Starting Lineup
CLEMSON (10-6, 1-3 ACC)
G Shawan Robinson 6-2 180 Jr.
(10.6 PPG, 3.5 APG)
G Cliff Hammonds 6-3 200 Fr.
(10.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG)
C Sharrod Ford 6-9 230 Sr.
(14.3 PPG, 8.1 RPG)
F Cheyenne Moore 6-6 190 Fr.
(4.9 PPG, 2.6 RPG)
F Olu Babalola 6-6 245 Sr.
(5.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG)
North Carolina (14-2, 3-1 ACC)
G 2 Raymond Felton 6-1 194 Jr.
(11.0 PPG, 7.5 APG)
G 32 Rashad McCants 6-4 207 Jr.
(16,6 PPG, 3.2 RPG)
C 42 Sean May 6-9 260 Jr.
(15.3 PPG, 8.9 RPG)
F 21 Jawad Williams 6-9 220 Sr.
(16.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG)
F 5 Jackie Manuel 6-5 198 Sr.
(5.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG)
Clemson has beaten North Carolina four of the last
six years at Littlejohn Coliseum, including each of
the last two years under two different coaches.
Clemson won the contest last year 81-72 when it
made 11-13 three-point goals, an all-time Clemson
• Clemson center Sharrod Ford has shot 23-32 from
the field over his career against North Carolina. a
.719 figure. Ford currently ranks in the top 10 in the
ACC in rebounding, blocked shots and field goal
percentage. He is in the top 10 in Clemson history
in field goal percentage and blocked shots and is
now 15th in rebounding.
• Junior guard Shawan Robinson has made 10-20
three-point goals in his career against North Carolina,
including 5-6 in last year’s Clemson victory in
Littlejohn Coliseum. Robinson is shooting 51.3 percent
from three-point range in Littlejohn Coliseum
so far this season.
• In seven of the last eight Clemson games, the team
that has won the first five minutes of the second
has gone on to win the game. That includes both
games last week. Clemson went on a 10-2 run to
open the second half at Florida State and went on
to a two-point victory. Virginia Tech went on an 11-
5 run to open the second half in its two-point win
over the Tigers last Saturday.
Clemson Head Coach Oliver Purnell and North Carolina
Head Coach Roy Williams were assistant
coaches on the USA Basketball’s 2004 Olympic
Team in Athens, Greece.
• Clemson’s game with North Carolina is its only home
game in a 19-day period between Jan. 9-28.
Clemson is in the middle of playing four out of five
conference games on the road. Clemson, NC State,
Virginia Tech and Florida State are the only league
teams who have to play four out of five ACC games
on the road at any point in the season.
• Clemson has beaten a top 20 North Carolina team
12 times, including three times since 1999. Clemson
has seven wins over top 10 Tar Heel teams and
four wins over top five North Carolina teams.
Clemson has more top 20 wins over North Carolina
than any other school. Of course, there have been
more opportunities than any other school.
• Clemson is shooting 49.6 percent from the field at
home and just 39.7 percent from the field on the
road so far this year. Clemson is 7-1 at home so far
this year with the only loss coming to Wake Forest.
• Freshman Cliff Hammonds leads all conference
freshmen in scoring so far this year with a 10.1 average.
The native of Cairo, GA who leads the team
in playing time had a 3.25 GPA in architecture in his
first semester at Clemson.
three with North Carolina. When Clemson won
the last meeting of 2002-03 and the first
meeting of 2003-04, it was just the third time in
history Clemson had won consecutive games
from the Tar Heels. It was the first time
Clemson had done it since the 1979-80 era.
Clemson also won two straight from North
Carolina in 1963-64, the only time Clemson has
swept North Carolina in the same season.
Clemson defeated North Carolina twice in
double overtime that season.
•Clemson has defeated North
Carolina at Clemson four of the last six years,
the first time Clemson has beaten North
Carolina four times in a six-season period
since the 1975-80 era.
•Last year when Clemson defeated
North Carolina at Clemson it gave Clemson
three wins in a four-year period of North
Carolina. Chris Hobbs, a senior in 2003-04,
played in all three of those games and was the
first Tiger to play in three wins over the Tar
Heels since Bobby Conrad played in three from
1977-80. Ironically, Hobbs was from Chapel
•The only time Clemson has beaten
North Carolina four times in a four-year period
was the 1964-67. But, freshmen were not
eligible then so no Clemson players played in
all four victories.
•The 2001 Clemson victory at
Littlejohn Coliseum was one of the biggest
upsets in school history. North Carolina entered
the game ranked first in the nation and on an
18-game winning streak. Clemson had lost
eight consecutive games. In fact, that win over
a #1 ranked North Carolina team was
Clemson’s only victory that year between
January 14 and March 7. Clemson lost four
straight after the win, all by double digits.
•Overall, North Carolina holds a 113-
19 lead in the series that dates to a 48-24
North Carolina win in Chapel Hill in 1926.
Clemson’s first win in the series took place in
the 1939 Southern Conference Tournament,
when Clemson upset North Carolina behind
Banks McFadden, 44-43. That was the
opening round of the event held in Raleigh.
Clemson’s only other win in the series before
1964 took place in Tiger town, 77-69 in 1952.
North Carolina won 38 of the first 40 games of
the series, including 25 in a row between 1951-
52 and 1963-64 seasons.
ïClemson has defeated North Carolina in
consecutive seasons just four times, including
the last two years. Clemson won in back to
back years over North Carolina in 1965-66 and
1966-67; 1978-79 and 1979-80, and 1888-89
and 1989-90; and each of the last two years.
Clemson has never beaten North Carolina in
three consecutive seasons, but will have a
chance to accomplish that feat on Wednesday
•Clemson is 15-32 against North
Carolina in games played at Clemson, 0-50 in
Chapel Hill and 4-31 in games played at neutral
sites. While Clemson has never beaten North
Carolina in Chapel Hill, the Tigers did have a
regular season sweep of North Carolina in
1963-64. That year Clemson won at Clemson
and in Charlotte in the North-South
•Clemson’s only win over North
Carolina in the ACC tournament took place in
1996 a game played in Greensboro. Clemson
overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to win
75-73. Greg Buckner’s dunk off a pass from
Harold Jamison with 0.6 seconds left won the
game for Clemson.
•The Tigers are 4-72 against North
Carolina in games played in the state of North
Carolina. That streak is not long because
Clemson won the 1996 ACC Tournament game
in Greensboro between the two teams, 75-73.
•The other victories over North
Carolina in the Tar Heel state came in 1966-
67, when Clemson beat a #4 UNC team in
Charlotte at the North-South Doubleheader by a
92-88 score; in 1963-64 by a 97-90 count, also
at the North-South Doubleheader in Charlotte;
in 1938-39, in a 44-43 win in Raleigh at the
Southern Conference Tournament.
Clemson Has Had Success vs. Tar Heels in
Over the last six years Clemson has
beaten North Carolina four times at Littlejohn
Coliseum. That is the most wins for the
Clemson program in a six-year period against
the Tar Heels since the 1975-80 era when
Clemson beat North Carolina four times under
Bill Foster. All four of those victories were also
at home. The only other time Clemson has
beaten North Carolina four times in a six-year
period took place between 1964-67 when
Clemson gained four wins in just four years,
including two in Charlotte in the North-South
Among the other ACC teams,
Clemson is 5-1 against Florida State, 4-2
against North Carolina, 4-2 against NC State, 3-
3 against Georgia Tech, 3-3 against Virginia, 1-
5 against Wake Forest and 0-6 against
Maryland and Duke, in Littlejohn Coliseum over
the last six seasons. So, Clemson has had its
second highest success rate at home against
North Carolina over the last six seasons.
Clemson Has Had Impressive Performances
While North Carolina has a 113-19
lead in the men’s basketball series with
Clemson, the Tigers have had some
outstanding performances against North
Carolina, performances that rank among the
best ever against the Tar Heels. That includes
last year when Clemson shot 11-13 on threepoint
shots against North Carolina, the greatest
team three-point shooting performance ever
against the Tar Heels. The previous best was
an 8-12 performance by Richmond in 1987-88.
A check to the North Carolina record
book reveals the following individual Clemson
Clemson players have three of the
top eight three-point shooting performances in
history against the Tar Heels on a percentage
basis. Will Solomon made 6-7 against North
Carolina for the Tigers on Feb.6, 2000, the third
best single game three-point shooting effort
ever against the Tar Heels. Michael Brown’s 5-
6 from long range and .833 mark is tied for fifth,
as is Shawan Robinson’s 5-6 performance last
is concerned, 15 opponents have had eight or
more against North Carolina. Two of those
occasions have been by Clemson players.
Tony Stockman, now at Ohio State, made 8-12
three-pointers in the Smith Center two years
ago. Chris Whitney made 8-10 at North
Carolina in 1993. Ironically, both players made
eight threes in one half, Stockman in the first
and Whitney in the second.
Two of the top four single game
rebounding performances against North
Carolina have been by Clemson players. Dale
Davis had 21 rebounds against North Carolina
in a Clemson victory on Feb. 1, 1989, tied for
the fourth best single game total against North
Carolina. In fact, it is the best performance
against North Carolina in that category since
1963. Former Tiger Earle Maxwell had 21
against North Carolina in the North-South
Doubleheader in 1961.
Finally, two of the top six blocked
shots games against North Carolina have been
by Clemson players. Tree Rollins had eight in a
Clemson victory at Clemson in 1977 and Wayne
Buckingham had seven in a 1992 game in
Chapel Hill. That actually is the Smith Center
record for a North Carolina opponent.
Last Year vs. North Carolina
Clemson 81, North Carolina 72
Jan. 31 at Clemson, SC
Shawan Robinson scored a career
high 24 points to lead five Tigers in double
figures as Clemson defeated North Carolina 81-
72 on January 31, 2004 at Littlejohn Coliseum.
It marked the second straight game Clemson
had defeated the Tar Heels, both in Littlejohn
The Tigers shot a school record 84.6
percent from three-point range (11-13), and
55.6 percent overall. Clemson shot at least 55
percent in each half, the first time the Tigers
have done that this year. The 84.6 percent
three-point marksmanship was also the highest
three-point performance ever against the Tar
Heels and tied for the sixth best single game
percentage in the history of Division I college
Supporting Robinson, who made a
career best 5-6 on three-point shots, were Olu
Babalola with 14, Sharrod Ford with 13, Chey
Christie with 11 and Vernon Hamilton with 10.
North Carolina was led by ACC scoring leader
Rashad McCants, who had 26 on 9-15
shooting. Melvin Scott added 12 points and
Jawad Williams had 10.
In addition to shooting, Clemson outrebounded
the Tar Heels, 34-27. Chris Hobbs, a
native of Chapel Hill, led the way with eight
caroms. North Carolina had a 36-22 advantage
in points in the paint, a 28-12 advantage in
points off turnovers, yet Clemson won by nine
points, the worst loss for the Tar Heels in
regulation this year.
North Carolina held a 17-14 lead six
minutes into the game after a steal and layup
by McCants. But, Clemson came back and
went on a14-0 run to take a 28-17 lead with
5:58 left in the half. Clemson held North
Carolina scoreless for 8:21 until David Noel
scored on a layup with 5:51 left. Clemson
held a 43-34 lead at intermission thanks to 16-
29 shooting, including 4-5 on three-point shots.
Despite going 8:21 without a point in the first
half, North Carolina still managed to make 14-
26 in the first 20 minutes.
North Carolina cut he margin to five
points at 47-42 with 17:20 left on a steal and
score by Raymond Felton. It was still a fivepoint
game with 12:25 left when Clemson made
three consecutive three-point goals over a
three-minute period. Vernon Hamilton’s threepointer
with 11:58 left started the run. The
freshman had made just one of his last 15
three-point attempts prior to that conversion.
Robinson then hit two more to give Clemson a 66-52 lead with 9:06 left.
North Carolina cut the lead to eight at 70-62 with 4:06 left n a
three-pointer by Felton, but the Tigers ran the elad back to 13 at 75-62
with 1:38 left on five free throws by three different players. North
Carolina never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Tigers Hit 85 Percent on Three-Point Shots
Clemson made an incredible 11-13 three-point goals in its
victory over North Carolina on January 31 in Littlejohn Coliseum. The
outside shooting barrage was led by sophomore guard Shawan
Robinson, who made 5-6 on the night. Olu Babalola added 2-2, Chey
Christie was 3-4 and Vernon Hamilton 1-1. Clemson had been shooting
just .234 against ACC teams from long range heading into that game.
A check of the NCAA record books and the NCAA website
shows that Clemson’s .846 three-point shooting percentage was tied for
the sixth best for a single game in NCAA history (minimum of 10 threepoint
goals made). It is still tied for sixth heading into Wednesday’s
game at Clemson.
The three-point goal rule has been in effect on a national basis
since 1986-87. The performance was also the second best in ACC
history. Ironically, the ACC record was set against Clemson when Duke
made 10-11 against the Tigers in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 1,
Clemson’s previous best for a single game, given a
minimum of 10 attempts was a 8-10 performance on two occasions.
Clemson was 8-10 from long range against Delaware State in a game
played in Little Rock, AR during the 1986-87 season, and against
Winthrop last year in a game in the Civic Center of Anderson.
Clemson’s best against an ACC team was a .688 figure against Virginia
NCAA Single Game Three-Point Percentage Bests
(Minimum of 10 three-point goals made)
Pct FG-A Team Opponent Date
.917 Drexel 11-12 Delaware 12-3-2000
.909 Duke 10-11 Clemson 2-1-1988
.909 Hofstra 10-11 Rhode Island 1-16-1993
.875 Stetson 14-16 Centenary 1-13-1996
.857 W. Illinois 12-14 Valparaiso 1-13-1992
.846 Clemson 11-13 North Carolina 1-31-2004
.846 Murray State 11-13 SE Missouri St 1-16-1993
Note Through games of January 10, 2005
Clemson vs. North Carolina Series
•Clemson has won two of the last
As far as total three-point goals made