Clemson, SC-Frontcourt players Chris Hobbs, Sharrod Ford, Akin
Akingbala and Steve Allen combined to shoot 22-26 from the field and
scored 48 points to lead Clemson to a come-from-behind 89-76 victory
over EA Sports in an exhibition college basketball game at Littlejohn
Coliseum Monday night.
It was the final exhibition game for Oliver Purnell's Tigers, who
open regular season play Friday night at 6:00 PM against
Gardner-Webb. Clemson earlier defeated NIKE Elite by an 85-68 score
on November 7.
Hobbs led the Tigers with 18 points on 7-7 field goal
shooting, and he added a team best seven rebounds in his 30 minutes
of play. The Clemson senior captain has now scored 33 points in the
two exhibition games and has made 14-20 shots from the field.
Chey Christie, Clemson's leading returning scorer from last
year, added 16 points on 7-12 shooting and did not commit a turnover
in 33 minutes of play.
The Tigers had six players in double figures for the second
straight exhibition game. Olu Babalola was third on the scoring list
with 13 points, including 3-4 on three-point shooting. Steve Allen
had a productive 10 minutes of play, as the red-shirt sophomore hit
6-6 shots from the field and scored 12 points. Shawan Robinson and
Ford added 10 points apiece, while Akingbala scored eight on 4-4
field goal shooting.
EA Sports, a team of former college all-stars, was led by
Josh Murray, a former player at IUPUI in Indiana, who scored 18.
Mark Jones, a former Central Florida star scored 17 points. Texale
Archie, formerly of Pepperdine contributed 11, while Johnny Parker,
who starred at Missouri, scored 10. Former Wake Forest guard
Broderick Hicks scored seven points off the bench for EA Sports, who
was playing its 10th and final game against Division I schools in the
month of November.
Clemson had an excellent game shooting the basketball as the
Tigers connected on 63 percent from the field on 37-59 field goal
attempts. Clemson made at least 62 percent in each half. Clemson
had 24 assists as a team, including 11 by Robinson, who had the only
double-double of the night for either team. The Tigers also
continued their outstanding rebounding, winning the battle of the
boards, 39-17. EA Sports had just three offensive rebounds the
entire night. Clemson had a +32 rebound margin in the first
exhibition game against NIKE Elite 10 days ago.
Clemson held a 35-31 lead with three minutes left in the
first half. But, EA Sports went on a 19-4 run over the remainder of
the first half and the first three minutes of the second half to hold
a commanding 50-39 lead. Clemson's opponent made 7-9 field goal
attempts in the spurt.
But, Clemson battled back behind balanced scoring to take
the lead at 56-55 on a jumper by Hobbs. Clemson continued to extend
its lead behind some outside shooting by Chey Christie, who scored a
pair of three pointers in the second half and made 4-5 shots from the
field in the final 20 minutes. Clemson's largest margin of the game
was the final score.
Clemson trailed 41-39 at intermission, but won the second half 50-35.