March 30, 1999
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson guard Terrell McIntyre ended the season first in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring, while classmate Harold Jamison claimed the rebound title for the conference. The race for the respective statistical championships came down to the final game of the NCAA Tournament held Monday evening between Duke and Connecticut.
McIntyre claimed the scoring title with a 17.9 average, while Duke’s Elton Brand was second with a 17.8 figure. Brand could have won the title with a 23-point performance in the championship game, but his 15 points against the Huskies left him eight points shy of McIntyre’s average.
Jamison averaged 9.9 rebounds per game for the season, just ahead of Brand’s 9.8 figure. Brand needed 16 rebounds against Connecticut to overtake Jamison, but collected just 13, giving the 6-8 Clemson forward the rebounding title.
McIntyre became the first Clemson player since 1986-87 and just the third Tiger in history to win the ACC scoring championship. Horace Grant was the last Clemson player to do it. Butch Zatezalo led the ACC in scoring while playing for the Tigers in 1968-69 and 1969-70.
Jamison became the first Clemson player to win the rebound championship since Sharone Wright in 1992-93. Jamison’s championship was the seventh time in the last 14 years that a Tiger had been the top rebounder in the ACC.
Having two different players from the same team win the scoring and rebounding titles in the same year is a rarity. In fact, it was just the second time in league history and the first time since 1973 that it had been done. In 1972-73 David Thompson of NC State was the top scorer and Tom Burleson from the Wolfpack was the top rebounder.
Jamison concluded the season with a .674 field goal percentage, but he is not recognized as the ACC or NCAA champion in that area because he did not average the necessary 5.0 made field goals per game. Jamison’s .674 figure would have led the nation.
In fact, Jamison was just one total field goal short of qualifying. He finished the year with 174 made field goals in 35 games and he needed 175 to qualify. His field goal percentage will be recognized as the Clemson record however.
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