Feb. 27, 2006
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Clemson at Virginia TechWednesday, March 1, 2006
Vernon Hamilton needs one steal at Virginia Tech toestablish a Clemson single season record. He has 73 so far thisyear, the same total Chris Whitney had in 1992-93. Hamilton has 191for his career, three short of Terrell McIntyre’s career record(194) set between 1995-99. Hamilton has reached that figure in justhis junior year. Hamilton and Virginia Tech guards Zabian Dowdelland Jamon Gordon, rank one-two-three in the ACC in steals per gamethis year. Each of the three games between Virginia Tech andClemson since the Hokies joined the ACC last year have been decidedby two points or less. All three have been determined by a made ormissed shot by Clemson at the buzzer ending the game. Wednesdaynight’s game will be played on the oneyear anniversary of Clemson’s66-64 victory on Senior Night, a contest that was won on a buzzerdunk by Tiger senior center Sharrod Ford. Clemson has 16 overallwins and five ACC wins, already reaching the total in both areasthe Tigers had all of last season. A win over Virginia Tech onWednesday would give Clemson its high overall victory total sincethe 1998-99 season (20) and its high ACC victory total since1997-98 (7). Clemson is coming off a 26-point victory over Virginialast Saturday afternoon. It was Clemson’s largest margin of victoryin an ACC game in six years and largest victory margin overVirginia since 1965. Clemson forced 29 turnovers in the win overVirginia, the most opponent turnovers against Clemson since March6, 1969 when North Carolina also had 29 in an ACC Tournament game.Clemson shot 52.5 percent from the field in its win over Virginia,just the second ACC game this year Clemson has shot at least 50percent from the field. Clemson outshot Virginia 52.5 pecent to43.8, breaking a streak of 15 consecutive games in which Clemsonwas out-shot from the field. Shawan Robinson has scored in doublefigures in eight of his last nine games and is averaging 16.9points per game during that time. Robinson continues to lead theACC in FT % with a .913 figure. He is trying to become the firstClemson player to lead the ACC in free throw shooting since JimSutherland in 1966-67. He has 1111 career points. Clemson had fiveplayers score in double figures in the win over Virginia, the firsttime Clemson has done that since a November victory over PennState. Clemson has made 31 three-point goals to just 15 by theopposition over the last threegames. Cliff Hammonds is sixth in theACC in assist/turnover ratio. He had six assists and no turnoversin the win over Virginia.
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