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Clemson Men’s Basketball Team to Face N.C. State in Raleigh Saturday

Clemson Men’s Basketball Team to Face N.C. State in Raleigh Saturday

Jan. 15, 2010

Complete Game Notes

GAME SETUP Site: RBC Center (19,700) Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010 City: Raleigh, NC Time/TV: 12:07 PM (Raycom, ESPN 360) (Steve Martin, Mike Gminski) Radio: Clemson Tiger Radio Network (Pete Yanity, Tim Bourret) Rankings: Clemson 19th in USA, 24th in AP Officials: TBA

SERIES HISTORY Overall: NC State leads 95-45 at Clemson: NC State leads 31-28 at Raleigh: NC State leads 45-12 at RBC Ctr: NC State leads 4-3 at Neutral: NC State leads 19-5 First Meeting: NC State 22-15 in 1923-24 Last Year: Clemson 63-51, 2008-09 Last game in Raleigh: Clemson 71-64, 2007-08 Streak: Clemson won 4 in row Next Game: Only meeting this year

QUICK FACTS • Clemson Head Coach Oliver Purnell has 14 ACC road wins at Clemson. He needs one more to become Clemson’s career leader in that category. The other Clemson coaches with 14 ACC road wins are Bill Foster, Cliff Ellis and Bobby Roberts.

• Trevor Booker needs just 4 points to reach 1500 . He also has 936 career rebounds and 28 double doubles, best among active ACC players.

• Demontez Stitt has scored in double figures in six straight games and 11 of the last 13. He had 20 points in the win over North Carolina, second highest total of his college career. Stitt has averaged 14.2 points per game over the last six games. He has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 12 games.

• Clemson is coming off a 83-64 win over 12th ranked North Carolina. The Tigers have lost the first game after defeating a ranked team 14 consecutive times. The last win after beating a ranked team took place in 1997-98 when Clemson beat a ranked South Carolina team, then beat Seton Hall in the next game.

• This is the 25th straight poll Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 by at least one of the major polls. This is the second longest streak of top 25 rankings in Clemson history.

• Jerai Grant has made 19 of his last 24 field goal attempts. He scored 11 points at Duke, his high game in an ACC road game, then added nine in the win over Boston College.

• Clemson leads the ACC in steals and ranks in the top 10 in the nation with 11.2 per game.

• Clemson enters the NC State game coming off a streak of 17 straight made free throws to close the North Carolina game. Clemson shot 18-20 from the foul line for the game, Clemson’s best free throw shooting performance in the 21st century. Clemson is shooting just 65 percent from the line for the year, but 75 percent from the line in ACC games.

• Clemson never trailed against North Carolina and held a double digit lead for the last 35:28.

• A win over NC State would give Clemson consecutive wins over North Carolina teams in the same week from the ACC for the first time since 1989-90.

• Clemson’s 19-point victory over North Carolina was the second largest victory margin for the Tigers over the Tar Heels since 1976-77.

• Oliver Purnell and his Tigers have beaten four Hall of Fame coaches in the last four years. That includes an NIT win over Jim Boeheim of Syracuse, two wins over Coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and the win over Roy Williams and North Carolina.