December 21, 1998
Clemson, SC–Terrell McIntyre of Clemson was named the ACC’s top player last week, while Darius Songaila of Wake Forest took the rookie of the week honors according to voting by a panel representing the Atlantic Coast Sportwriters Association.
It was the second time this year that McIntyre had been named ACC Player of the Week.
Clemson played just one game last week, but McIntyre made the most of it. He might have played the finest game of his career against arch rival South Carolina and All-America guard B.J. McKie.
McIntyre scored 27 points on 10-13 field goal shooting, added seven assists and three steals in Clemson’s 70-66 victory. The Tiger point guard’s field goal total was a career high and his point total was just two short of his career high. He also added four rebounds and made 2-3 from three-point range and 5-5 from the foul line.
McIntyre was outstanding defensively, holding McKie to 7-17 shooting, and he had the clutch field goal of the game. With South Carolina within one point at 64-63 in the closing minute, he hit a pull-up jumper to give Clemson a three-point lead.
McIntyre has now shot at least 55 percent in six straight games and is shooting 49 percent on three-point shots for the season. His 57 percent shooting for the year is just off the Clemson season record for a guard, .586 by Vincent Hamilton in 1981-82.
Songaila, a freshman from Marijampole, Lithuania, scored in double figures in both Wake Forest victories last week. He had 15 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday’s 77-53 win over East Tennessee State. He made 5-6 from the field and 5-5 from the line in a near perfect shooting performance.
Earlier, Songaila netted 12 points and a team high six rebounds in a victory over Coastal Carolina. For the week, he was 9-14 from the field and 9-12 from the line. He is curently second on the Deacons team in scoring and rebounding and leads the club in field goal percentage.
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