December 21, 1998
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – Harold Jamison scored a season-high 19 points on 8-of-8 shooting and No. 16 Clemson continued its lopsided series against South Carolina State with a 72-47 victory Monday night.
The Tigers (10-1) came in 4-0 against the Bulldogs with an average winning margin of 21 points. In this one, Jamison and his teammates took things up another notch, holding South Carolina State (4-5) to a season-low in scoring.
Clemson’s Terrell McIntyre had 16 points and was 4-of-5 from 3-point range, but most of those came long after Jamison had shored up the Tigers’ seventh straight win.
Jamison, who came in shooting almost 75 percent (41-of-55), hit six shots in the first half and had 14 points. His three-point play with 4:53 left put Clemson ahead 24-20 while his follow shot a minute later gave the Tigers a nine-point lead. He had nine rebounds and finished a point shy of his career high set against Kentucky two years ago and tied against Western Carolina last year.
His play may have also answered one of the Tigers’ biggest questions – will anyone help McIntyre score points?
McIntyre is the team’s top scorer at almost 17 points a game. The one time he got shut down against Michigan last month with seven points, the Tigers lost 59-56.
The Bulldogs had a poor shooting night. Leading scorer Mike Wiatre averaged 17 points a game, but was 0-of-8 from the field with only two free throws. They missed their first seven shots of the second half as Clemson opened with 13 straight points.
Coray Davis led South Carolina State with 11 points, all in the first half.
Tony Christie’s 3-pointer with 4:21 to play gave the Tigers their largest lead, 68-38.
It was the second blowout loss for South Carolina State against an Atlantic Coast Conference team. The Bulldogs lost 120-56 at Duke on Nov. 21. They play at Maryland on Sunday and at South Carolina on Dec. 29 in their annual killer schedule that coach Cy Alexander says toughens them for Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play.
South Carolina State is the defending MEAC champ and is 3-0 in the league so far this season.
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