Game Seven Notes: Clemson Basketball at Duke
Game 7: Clemson at Duke
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001
8:00 PM (EST)
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) * Durham, NC
TV: Fox Sports Net
Play By Play: Bob Neal * Color Analyst: Dan Bonner
Courtside: Dwayne Ballen * Guest: Bobby Hurley
Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties
Play By Play: Jim Phillips * Color Analyst: Tim Bourret
Clemson Opens ACC Play at Duke
It is early in the season, but Clemson opens ACC play Sunday at
top-ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Tigers are 5-1 for the
second straight year after beating Coastal Carolina 83-54 Friday
night in Clemson.
Last year, Clemson lost its seventh game of the season at rival South
Carolina. Clemson was last 6-1 in 1998-99 when it opened the season
with an 11-1 record. Clemson went on that year to play in the
championship game of the NIT against California.
The Duke game on Sunday marks the earliest conference start for the
Tigers since 1966-67 when Clemson opened the season on Dec. 1 at
North Carolina. The Duke game will be the fifth road game for the
Tigers who will be playing their seventh game of the season. Clemson
also opens the ACC slate playing five of its first seven conference
foes on the road. That includes the Duke game.
The Tigers have three players scoring in double figures with another
pair averaging 9.8 and 9.3 points per game. Sophomore Chris Hobbs is
leading Clemson with 12.0 points per game, followed by Ray
Henderson's 10.8 and Edward Scott's 10.5. Jamar McKnight is averaging
9.8 points per game while Tony Stockman is averaging 9.3 points per
game. Henderson is the team's top rebounder with 8.5 rebounds per
game and Scott leads the ACC in assists with 6.5 per game.
The Tigers are scoring 77.2 points per game as a team and is
outscoring their opponents 11.4 points per game. Clemson also has an
advantage on the boards and is grabbing 11.0 rebounds more than its
After the Duke game, the Tigers return to Littlejohn Coliseum for
five straight games, including a Dec. 8 matchup with rival South
Carolina. The game will tipoff at 8:00 PM on Fox Sports Net South.
Clemson's next ACC game is not until Jan. 5 when the Tigers travel to
About the Blue Devils
Duke is the top-ranked team in the nation according to both polls
after a 5-0 start, including a 3-0 record in Maui, where it won the
Maui Invitational by beating Seton Hall, South Carolina and Ball
State. The Blue Devils have also beaten Portland and Iowa.
Four Blue Devils are scoring in double figures with Jason Williams
leading the way. He is averaging 18.0 points per game. Mike Dunleavy
is averaging 17.8 points per game and is averaging 8.8 rebounds per
game. Carlos Boozer is the top rebounder on the team with a 9.4
rebound average to go with 16.2 points per game. He is shooting 56.4
percent from the field and 82.6 from the free throw line.
In five games, Duke has outscored its opponents by 98 points,
including 51 points in the second half. They are shooting 47.4
percent as a team while holding opponents to 40.4 percent.
Last Year vs. Duke...
Duke 115, Clemson 74
Jan. 7 ,2001 at Durham, NC
Duke's starting front line of Carlos Boozer (25), Nate James (21) and
Shane Battier (21) all scored at least 20 points in leading Duke to a
115-74 win over Clemson at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 7. It
was the 50th win in 54 tries for Duke over Clemson in Durham. The
Duke point total was the most against Clemson in 31 years.
Duke shot 54.5 percent from the field and had 27 assists on 36
baskets as the Blue Devils ran their offense to perfection. They made
just 1 of their first 8 three-point attempts, but finished by making
10 of their last 22. Duke had 14 steals, leading to 22 Clemson
Clemson was led in scoring by Tony Stockman, who scored 22 points off
the bench. The freshman had a season best six three-point goals in 12
attempts. Will Solomon was held to 13 points, he got just 12 shots in
the contest, making five. It broke his streak of six straight games
of at least 20 points, but it gave him 44 consecutive games of
scoring in double figures. Dustin Braddick had his first double
figure scoring game of the year with 10 points, while Edward Scott
added 10 points and four assists against just two turnovers. Clemson had 7-5 lead early, but the Blue Devils went on a 11-0 run to
take a 16-7 lead at the 15:22 mark. Duke had an 18-0 run from the
11:23 mark to the 5:48 mark to take a commanding 42-12 lead. It was
56-27 at intermission.
Duke expanded the lead to 44 points at 75-31 by the 15:47 mark of the
second half. Boozer was outstanding on the inside for the Blue
Devils. Clemson actually went on a 24-7 run to cut the advantage to
27 with 9:21 mark. But, that was as close as Clemson got as the Blue
Devils continued to hit three-point shots down the stretch.
Duke 81, Clemson 64
Feb. 7, 2001 at Clemson, SC
Duke went on a 22-9 run over the last six minutes of the game and
went on to an 81-64 victory over Clemson on Feb. 7 at Littlejohn
Coliseum. The Tigers had closed to within four points, 59-55 on a
jumper by Tony Stockman. Duke called timeout then immediately went on
a 9-0 run on four field goals by four different players. Clemson made
just 5 of its last 15 shots from the field to end the game. Clemson was led by Edward Scott, who had 15 points and a career-high
eight rebounds in his 39 minutes. Stockman added 12 points and five
assists against just one turnover in 36 minutes off the bench. Will
Solomon and Chris Hobbs added 11 points apiece for the Tigers, who
made just 1-12 three-point shots in the game. That 3-point shooting
percentage of 8.3 percent was the worst by a Clemson team under Larry
Shyatt. Clemson entered the game 16th in the nation in made
three-point goals per game.
Duke was led by Nate James, the Clemson killer, who had 27 points in
39 minutes. He made 10-14 shots from the field. He had scored 21
points against the Tigers earlier in the season. Mike Dunleavy had 17
points and 17 rebounds, the most rebounds by a Duke player this year
and the most against a Larry Shyatt-coached Clemson team.
Shane Battier added 15, but the Tigers held Jason Williams,
number-two scorer in the ACC to eight points on 3-11 shooting.
Williams also had 10 turnovers, most against the Tigers this year.
The sophomore did distribute 11 assists in his 35 minutes. Duke had
15 assists and 16 turnovers, one of just a handful of games this year
Duke has had more turnovers than assists. Clemson made just 64
percent from the foul line, ending a streak of five straight games of
at least 70 percent free throw shooting.
Clemson in ACC Openers
This is the 49th season of ACC basketball and Clemson has been in the
league since it was founded in 1953. Clemson is 15-33 in its previous
48 league openers. Clemson has lost three ACC openers in a row after
having won four in a row from 1994-95 to 1997-98. Clemson had lost
seven league openers in succession prior to that streak (1987-88 to
Clemson has faced Duke in its first league game eight previous
occasions and the Tigers have a 2-6 record in those games. However,
Clemson has won each of the last two ACC openers it has played
against the Blue Devils, one at Duke and one at Clemson. Clemson won
its first ACC game of the Rick Barnes era, 75-70 at Cameron in
1994-95. The Tigers won the league opener against Duke the following
This is the 22nd time Clemson has played its ACC league opener on the
road. Clemson is just 3-18 in those games, but has won two of the
last four. Clemson won at Virginia in 1996-97 in its league opener,
in addition to the win at Duke in 1994-95. The only other time
Clemson has won its ACC opener on the road was in 1984-85 at Georgia
Tech, 90-81. That was the first ACC game of the Cliff Ellis era.
Clemson Veterans vs. Duke
Ray Henderson had two double figure scoring games in his freshman
year (1999-00) and both came against DukeŠ he had 10 points on 4-5
shooting and seven rebounds in the game at Clemson and 10 on 4-9
shooting and six rebounds in the ACC TournamentŠ Henderson had a
career high 13 rebounds at Duke in just 19 minutes last yearŠ Edward
Scott had one of his best all-around games against Duke in 1999-00 as
he had 11 points on 4-5 shooting, including 3-3 on three-point shotsŠ
he had a season high 15 points and a career high rebounds against
Duke at Littlejohn Coliseum last yearŠ Tony Stockman had 22 points,
his high in an ACC game last year, at Cameron Indoor StadiumŠ he made
6-12 three-point shots in the contest.
Tigers From North Carolina
This Clemson team does not mind going to the Tar Heel state because
four of Clemson's 15 roster players are from North Carolina. The list
includes four scholarship players. Starters Dwon Clifton (Louisburg),
Ray Henderson (Charlotte) and Chris Hobbs (Chapel Hill) are from the
Tar Heel state. Walker Holt is a reserve guard from Greensboro. Clemson started an all North Carolina frontline in the win over N.C.
State last year and that could be the case again at Duke on Sunday
night. Larry Shyatt started Dwon Clifton at small forward, Chris
Hobbs at power forward and Ray Henderson at center against Penn State. This is not the largest contingent of North Carolina residents on the
Clemson roster in history. Clemson had six roster players from North
Carolina last year. Clemson will add another player from North
Carolina next year as guard Shawan Robinson or Raleigh, NC will join
Clemson Has 11 Wins Against Ranked Duke Teams
Clemson has defeated a top-20 Duke team 11 times in its history, more
than any other school. Clemson has 10 ranked wins over Maryland and
North Carolina. Clemson had defeated a top-20 North Carolina team two
of the last three years. Clemson has downed a ranked N.C. State team
nine times, Georgia Tech eight times, Wake Forest six and Virginia
Clemson has upset a top-10 Duke team eight times, also more than any
other school. The last victory over a top-10 Duke team came in
1996-97 at Clemson, an 86-82 overtime win over a 10th-ranked Duke
team. That was the third year in a row that Clemson defeated a top-20
Larry Shyatt was Rick Barnes's top assistant for all three of those
wins, including a 75-70 win in Durham in 1995. Clemson also defeated
a top-10 Duke team three years in a row between 1988-90. Dale Davis
and Elden Campbell were common denominators on those teams. The 1990
victory clinched the ACC regular season championship for the Tigers. Clemson's first ever win over a top-20 Duke team took place in the
1962 ACC Tournament. Duke was ranked 8th in the nation entering the
game and Clemson had 10-14 record and had lost to Duke twice in the
regular season by a total of 31 points. But, Clemson won the ACC
Tournament game in Raleigh 77-72 behind 34 points by Jim Brennan.
Clemson Wins over Ranked Duke Teams
Date Site Score Mar AP-Coach
*3-2-1962 Raleigh, NC 77-72 +5 8-6
2-14-1967 Clemson, SC 73-68 +5 NR-14
2-21-1979 Clemson, SC 70-49 +21 6-7
1-9-1980 Clemson, SC 87-82 +5 1-1
2-29-1984 Durham, NC 77-76 +1 15-18
3-2-1988 Clemson, SC 79-77 +2 9-9
3-1-1989 Clemson, SC 79-74 +5 9-8
2-28-1990 Clemson, SC 97-93 +4 5-4
1-4-1995 Durham, NC 75-70 +5 11-9
1-3-1996 Clemson, SC 51-48 +3 19-20
1-7-1997 Clemson, SC 86-82 +4 10-9
*in ACC Tournament
Hobbs Returns to the Triangle
Clemson forward Chris Hobbs is a native of Chapel HIll, NC and a
graduate of East Chapel Hill High. He will return to his old stomping
again this year. Hobbs was one of the top players in North Carolina
as a junior averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds per game. But, he
suffered a torn ACL as a senior and played just two games. Hobbs has had a big impact on the Clemson program the last two years.
He averaged 7.3 points and 6.3 rebounds last year in addition to
shooting 56.6 percent from the field. He led the Tigers in rebounding
and field goal percentage and was named to the ACC All-Freshman team. So far this year, Hobbs has averaged 11.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per
game and has shot 54 percent from the field. He leads the team in
scoring, is second in rebounding and field goal percentage. His 17
points and 10 rebounds were important to Clemson's win over Penn
Hobbs is familiar with Cameron Indoor Stadium. His father, Greg
Hobbs, is a videographer for Duke Medical Center. In his spare time,
he has served as a videographer for Coach Mike Krzyzewski's
television show. Many times as a youth Chris tagged a long to watch a
game. Greg Hobbs will be at the game this weekend, but will not be
shooting for Coach K's show.
Clemson vs. Duke Series
Duke has beaten Clemson 11 consecutive games, including seven in a
row by double digits. Duke defeated Clemson three times in 1999-00,
twice in 1998-99 and twice in 2000-01. Duke won three from Clemson in
1997-98, Rick Barnes final year, but those three losses were by a
combined seven points. Clemson nearly overcame a 24-point deficit in
the second half before falling at Duke in 1997-98, 81-80. Clemson had
a pair of shots to win inside the last five seconds against the #2
ranked Blue Devils. Duke won on a last second shot in the ACC
Tournament 66-64, that year.
Duke has a 89-27 lead in the series, including a 50-4 margin in
Durham. Coach K has a 19-2 record against Clemson in games at Duke
and is 35-9 against the Tigers overall. Clemson has won at Duke just
twice since 1978, the 1983-84 season and the 1994-95 season. The win
in 1983-84 was the final year of the Bill Foster era and the 1994-95
season was the first year of the Rick Barnes era.
Clemson in Durham
Clemson has a 4-50 lifetime record at Duke. Clemson lost its first 28
games at Duke before finally breaking through during the 1975-76
season, Bill Foster's first year. Clemson won that game 90-89. After the game Foster noticed that sports information director Bob
Bradley was especially excited after the victory. "I didn't
understand why Bob Bradley was hugging me until he said we had never
won at Duke," said Foster years later. "He had seen a lot of those
losses. I really didn't know it until after the game." Clemson made
it two in a row in Durham under Bill Foster in Tree Rollins' senior
year, 1976-77, a 80-73 Tiger victory.
Foster has three of Clemson's four wins at Duke and his third was one
of the more unlikely Clemson victories in history. Playing a game on
Feb. 29 is unlikely enough since the date only occurs every four
years, but Clemson entered the game on an 11-game ACC losing streak.
Clemson had not won a league game since Jan. 11 and Duke was ranked
15th in the nation and was a lock for the NCAA Tournament. On top of
that, it was senior night at Duke.
Clemson played as well as it could play and had a 76-61 lead with six
minutes left. A young freshman named Horace Grant had a perfect game,
6-6 from the field and 4-4 from the foul line. But, Johnny Dawkins
led a furious comeback and outscored Clemson 15-1 down the stretch.
Clemson's only score was a Mike Eppley free throw.
Duke had a final shot in the final moments, but Dawkins shot from the
right corner missed and Clemson had the victory. It would be the last
ACC game for Foster, who went to restart the University of Miami's
basketball program the following year.
The same can probably be said for most teams, but Duke is certainly
more dominant in the series at Cameron Indoor Stadium than at
Clemson. Over the last six years, Clemson is 2-4 against Duke at
Littlejohn Coliseum and 0-6 away. Duke has an average scoring margin
of 7.5 points per game in games at Clemson and 23.3 points per game
in the six games at Duke. Larry Shyatt has lost three games by 102
points in his three previous trips to Duke.
Clemson's Last Win in Durham...
Clemson 75, Duke 70
Jan. 4, 1995 at Durham, NC
Clemson's most recent victory at Duke was an upset of a #9 Duke team.
It was the ACC opener for both schools and the first time in eight
years (1986-87) that Clemson had won its ACC opener. It was just the
second time in 12 years that Duke had lost its ACC opener, and just
the sixth loss for the Blue Devils in their last 88 home games.
Clemson had not won at Duke in 11 seasons.
Rayfield Ragland scored 16 points in the last 16 minutes of the game,
11 in the last five, to lead five Clemson double figure scorers in a
75-70 Clemson held the lead for exactly 32 of the 40 minutes,
including all but one of the media timeouts. The Tigers had a lead of
45-33 early in the second half, but Duke cut the margin two at 60-58
with 3:57 left. Duke had the ball with a chance to tie or take the
lead with a three-pointer, but the Clemson defense responded and Duke
missed from the outside. Rayfield Ragland then hit a jumper and a
three-pointer to bring the Tigers back to a seven-point margin and
Duke never got closer than five points.
Supporting Ragland were Merl Code with 13 points and nine assists,
Bill Harder with a season high 12 points, Greg Buckner with 11
points, six rebounds and three steals and Bruce Martin with 11
points, all in the first half. Martin is now an assistant athletic
director for men's basketball at Clemson. All seven Tigers who played
hit at least one three-point shot, as Clemson made 10-15 threes in
the game and shot 55.3 percent overall. Clemson hit 55.3 from the
field, 66.7 on three-pointers and 76 percent from the foul line. Duke
shot 41 percent from the field, 37 percent on threes and 83 percent
from the line. Clemson had just 10 turnovers in the game. Clemson's defense was outstanding against the Duke post players.
Cherokee Parks and Erik Meeks were a combined 5-10 from the field and
did not make a field goal the last 32 minutes of the game.
Clemson Looks for a Top-Five Win
Clemson has had a history of upsetting top teams over the years.
There have been 15 wins over teams who have been ranked in the top
five in the nation entering the game.
The most shocking upset in Clemson history took place last year when
the Tigers defeated #1 ranked North Carolina on Feb. 18, 2001. North
Carolina entered the game with an 18-game winning streak, a
number-one ranking and a full week to prepare for the game. Clemson
was on an eight-game losing streak and had just lost by 34 points at
N.C. State the previous game.
Clemson's only other win against number-one took place in 1980
against Duke, an 87-82 win in overtime. Clemson has never beaten the
number-one team away from home. The closest Clemson has come to that
accomplishment was in the 1998 ACC Tournament when Duke defeated
Clemson 66-64 in Greensboro. William Avery hit a shot with one second
left to give Duke the win.
Clemson's first win over a top five team in Littlejohn Coliseum took
place in 1974-75 when a Clemson team led by Skip Wise defeated
Maryland, 83-82. Maryland was ranked third in AP and fourth by UPI
entering that contest.
Clemson has three top five wins on the opponents home court in
history, one of those was at Maryland, 82-77 over #2 Terps in
1975-76. Clemson has five top five wins away from home altogether
with the last coming against #3 Kentucky in 1996-97. Clemson has
defeated a top five Duke team twice, in 1979-80 when Duke was ranked
first and in 1990 when Clemson needed the win to gain its only ACC
Here is a Chronological list of Clemson's top five wins In History
Year Opponent Score Mar AP-Coach
1966-67 N. Carolina (N) 92-88 +4 4-3
1974-75 Maryland 83-82 +1 3-4
1974-75 N.C. State 92-70 +22 4-4
1975-76 at Wake Forest 86-81 +5 5-5
1975-76 at Maryland 82-77 +5 2-3
1976-77 at Wake Forest 70-66 +4 4-6
1978-79 North Carolina 66-61 +5 2-2
1979-80 North Carolina 93-76 +17 6-4
1979-80 Duke 87-82 +5 1-1
1979-80 Maryland 90-81 +9 7-5
1980-81 Wake Forest 81-71 +10 5-5
1989-90 Duke 97-93 +4 5-4
1993-94 North Carolina 77-69 +8 2-4
1996-97 Kentucky (N) 79-71 +8 3-4
2000-01 N. Carolina 75-65 +10 1-1
Winning in the Triangle
Over the years Clemson's basketball team has viewed traveling to the
North Carolina Triangle like sailors view boating through the Bermuda
Triangle. Clemson had won just nine regular season games in 135
contests at North Carolina, N.C. State and Duke heading into the
1994-95 season. Since that year Clemson has a 5-15 record at Duke,
N.C. State and North Carolina combined, so the mark is now 14-139 at
those three sites combined.
The 1994-95 season was the first time in Clemson history that the
Tigers had won their first two games in the Triangle and it was just
the second time Clemson had won at least two games in the Triangle in
the same year. Clemson also won at Duke and N.C. State in 1976-77,
Tree Rollins' senior season. Clemson has never won at North Carolina
and obviously has never swept all three games in the North Carolina
Clemson's overall record in the North Carolina Triangle, including
conference tournaments (ACC or Southern) is now is 23-159. Cliff
Ellis won in the Triangle just twice in 30 games, both at N.C. State
(1986-87 and 1993-94, his last appearance in the triangle). Bill
Foster has five of the 14 regular season Clemson wins in the
Triangle. Rick Barnes had four triangle wins in his four years as
head coach. Larry Shyatt defeated N.C. State in Raleigh his second
Clemson has a lifetime record of 10-42 at N.C. State, 4-50 at Duke
and 0-47 at North Carolina in regular season play. The list below
does not count ACC or Southern Conference Tournament games played in
Raleigh. Clemson has won nine games in conference tournaments in
Raleigh, including its most successful Southern Conference and ACC
Tournaments in history. Clemson won the Southern Conference
Tournament in Raleigh in 1939, its only conference tournament
championship in history. In 1962 the Tigers advanced to the finals of
the ACC Tournament at the Reynolds Coliseum with victories over N.C.
State and Duke. It is Clemson's only appearance in the ACC Tournament
Clemson's Regular Season Wins in the North Carolina Triangle (At UNC, N.C. State or Duke)
Years Opponent Score
1939-40 N.C. State 48-38
1963-64 N.C. State 66-52
1975-76 Duke 90-89
1976-77 Duke 80-73
N.C. State 68-66
1980-81 N.C. State 82-76
1983-84 Duke 77-76
1986-87 N.C. State 78-75
1993-94 N.C. State 82-63
1994-95 Duke 75-70
N.C. State 60-55
1995-96 N.C. State 80-76
1997-98 N.C. State 77-72
1999-00 N.C. State 66-63
Ranked Road Wins for Tigers
Clemson has 10 wins over ranked ACC teams in its history. Duke is
ranked first in both polls this week. Clemson has three wins over
ranked teams on the road in the last eight years. Clemson never beat
a ranked ACC team on the road until the 1975-76 season, Bill Foster's
first year at Clemson. He actually defeated two top-five ACC teams on
the road in his first two ACC road games, winning at fifth-ranked
Wake Forest and second-ranked Maryland. Foster has five of Clemson's
10 wins over ranked ACC teams on the road in school history.
Clemson Wins over Ranked ACC Teams on the Road
Date Opponent Score Mar AP-UPI/USA
1-17-1976 at Wake Forest 86-81 +5 5-5
1-21-1976 at Maryland 82-77 +5 2-3
2-8-1977 at Wake Forest 70-66 +4 4-6
2-15-1978 at Virginia 63-55 +8 17-16
2-29-1984 at Duke 77-76 +1 15-18
1-8-1985 at Georgia Tech 90-81 +9 8-7
2-4-1993 at Georgia Tech 83-80 +3 22-22
1-4-1995 at Duke 75-70 +5 11-9
12-7-1996 at Virginia 62-52 +10 25-NR
1-15-1997 at Maryland 67-63 +4 11-12
Iron Man Scott
When Tony Stockman missed the Wofford and Penn State games because of
a knee injury, Edward Scott stepped up to go the distance. He played
all 40 minutes in each contest and is averaging 34.2 minutes per game
for the season. That is up from last year when he played 33.3 minutes
per game. Scott played exactly 1,000 minutes in 30 games last year. Scott has been very efficient in running the Clemson offense this
year. Through five games he has 39 assists and just 17 turnovers.
That is a 2.83 assist/turnover ratio. Scott leads the ACC in assists
with 6.5 per game. In the last four games combined the Clemson
captain has 32 assists. He never had more than seven assists in a
game over his first two years. He has had at least nine in three of
the last four games. He had a career high 11 in the win over Wofford
on Nov. 24.
Scott is dealing out assists at quite a rate. His 6.5 per game rate
would be fourth best in Clemson history. Grayson Marshall, Clemson's
all-time leader in assists, averaged a record 7.71 per game in
1985-86 and followed that with 7.37 per game in 1986-87. Those are
the only averages over seven assists per game in school history. Scott has been contributing in all phases of the game so far this
year. In addition to his 6.5 assists per game, he is also scoring
10.5 points a game and contributing 4.3 rebounds from his point guard
position. In the win over Penn State he had eight points, nine
assists and seven rebounds. It marked the second time in his career
he had at least six in each category. He had 14 points, seven assists
and six rebounds at Coastal Carolina last season.
Clemson Overcomes Double Digit Halftime Deficit
Clemson has overcome a double-digit halftime deficit to gain victory
in two of its last three games. That was the first time in school
history that Clemson had done that in consecutive games. Clemson overcame a 14-point first half deficit and an 11-point
halftime deficit to defeat Wofford on Nov. 24, 85-82. It marked just
the second time since 1990 that Clemson had overcome a double-digit
deficit at intermission to gain victory. It marked just the fifth
time since 1990 that Clemson had overcome a deficit of at least 14
points at any juncture of the game to gain victory.
Clemson followed that up with a just as impressive comeback at Penn
State. Clemson trailed by 14 points in the first half, 26-12, and
trailed 44-34 at halftime. The Tigers won the second half 45-22 to
claim a 79-66 win. That marked just the third time in school history
that Clemson has overcome a double digit halftime deficit to win a
road game. The others took place at Coastal Carolina last year and at
Furman in 1973-74, Tree Rollins's freshman season. Clemson overcame a
13-point deficit in that game.
The greatest halftime deficit overcome to gain victory took place in
the 1990 NCAA Tournament when Clemson defeated La Salle. The Tigers
trailed the Explorers 43-27 at intermission before winning 79-75.
Clemson trailed by 19 points in the first half of that game. The
greatest comeback in school history took place in 1978-79 against The
Citadel. Clemson found itself down by 20 points at 26-6 in the first
half before rallying for a 71-58 win at Clemson.
Clemson has outscored the opposition by 37 points in the second half
this year, a key to its 5-1 record. Clemson shot 57.6 percent from
the field, had a +11 rebound margin and scored 51 points in the
second half of the win vs. Wofford. Clemson followed that with a 59
percent field goal accuracy, a +12 rebound margin and 45 points in
the second half at Penn State.