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Clemson Men’s Basketball Team to Play Furman Sunday

Clemson Men’s Basketball Team to Play Furman Sunday

Dec. 12, 2009

Complete Game Notes

GAME SETUPSite: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)Date: Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009City: Clemson, SCTime: 4:00 PMTV: NoneWeb: TigerCast (ClemsonTigers.com) (Roy Philpott – play-by-play, Alex Welp – color)Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity – play-by-play, Tim Bourret – color)Rankings: Clemson: #24 ESPN/USA Today

SERIES NOTESOverall: Clemson leads 94-51at Clemson: Clemson leads 52-21at Littlejohn: Clemson leads 26-1at Furman: Clemson leads 40-30at Neutral: Clemson leads 2-0First Meeting: Clemson, 46-12, in 1911-12Last Meeting: Clemson, 91-46, in 2007-08Streak: Clemson has won 26 in a row

QUICK FACTS

  • Clemson and Furman will meet for the 146th time on the hardwood in men’s basketball Sunday. It will be the third meeting between the two within the last four years. The Tigers won 67-58 in 2006 and 91-46 to start the season in 2007.
  • The last time the Tigers and Paladins played, Clemson tied a school record with 25 steals. The Tigers, who forced 37 turnovers in the game, received six steals from then senior James Mays and five from classmate Cliff Hammonds.
  • The Tigers are coming off their sixth consecutive win in the series against South Carolina. Clemson won by a score of 72-61, making it the fifth straight double-digit win for the Tigers in the series.
  • The Paladins enter Sunday’s contest with a much improved 5-2 overall record. Furman, which won only six games last season, features a pair of players averaging over 15 points per game.
  • Clemson Head Coach Oliver Purnell is 23rd on the all-time victory list among ACC coaches. He has 124 total wins and is in his seventh year with the program. He needs just two wins to tie the late Skip Prosser (Wake Forest) for 22nd on the list.
  • The Tigers are shooting 38.7 percent from behind the three-point line, which is right on pace with the 39 percent clip Clemson had through nine games last season.
  • Trevor Booker recorded a career-best seven assists on Dec. 6 in the win over South Carolina. Booker’s assist total was the most by a Tiger frontcourt player since James Mays tallied seven against Western Carolina in 2006.
  • Demontez Stitt has reached double figures in the scoring column in four straight games. Stitt has never scored 10 or more points in five consecutive games in his career.
  • Stitt has made multiple three-point goals each of the last four games as well. He is 9-for-18 (.500) during that span.
  • Tanner Smith has made 21 of his last 24 free throw attempts and ranks second on the team at 81.5 percent overall.
  • Smith is coming off his first career double-double. He posted 14 points and 10 rebounds (career high) against the Gamecocks. Smith, who had two double figure scoring efforts as a freshman, already has five this season.
  • Jerai Grant is also coming off his first-ever double-double. The junior center produced 12 points and 11 rebounds (career high). Grant also had six offensive boards in a career-best 27 minutes of action Sunday.
  • David Potter has made at least one three-point goal in every game so far this season. His previous longest streak was five games in 2008-09. Potter is 21-for-36, or 58.3 percent, from behind the arc. He leads the ACC in accuracy and is just two makes shy of matching his highest single-season total (21 in 2008-09).
  • Booker and Grant both average at least 3.0 offensive rebounds per game and rank among the top 10 leaders in the ACC. Booker now has 339 offensive rebounds in his career, while Grant has 119.

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