Feb. 23, 2001
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Clemson vs. Georgia Tech Series Clemson and Georgia Tech are tied at 48-48 in the all-time series. Clemson has a 33-12 lead in games played at Clemson and a 24-5 margin in games in Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson had won 13 of the last 14 between the two teams played at Clemson, but Tech defeated Clemson earlier this year at Clemson 111-108. Tech had not downed Clemson at Clemson since the 1992-93 season when Tech ruined Chris Whitney’s “Senior Day” game by a 66-59 score. Clemson will attempt to ruin Alvin Jones senior day game this Sunday. This has been a home team series, perhaps the most home team dominated series in the ACC the last 16 years. The home team has won 24 of the last 28 meetings. Two of the road wins in the series came in the same year. In 1992-93, Clemson won at Tech, 83-80, then lost at home, 66-59. Prior to this year, the last win for the road team in the series took place in 1996-97 when Clemson won in Atlanta, 55-53. Clemson will be trying for the “Road Win Split” on Sunday. Entering this year, the teams had each won on their home court in 11 of the last 13 years. The only season series sweep in the last 13 years took place in 1996-97 when Clemson won both games. Tech has not swept Clemson since the 1985-86 season, Mark Price’s senior year. The series dates to the 1912-13 season, the second year in Clemson basketball history. That year, ironically, Clemson won at Tech, 26-22, but lost at Clemson 29-13. That was the first home loss in Clemson history after four straight home wins.
Clemson at Tech Senior Day The Clemson vs. Georgia Tech game in Atlanta will be the first of three consecutive “Senior Day” games for the Tigers. Clemson plays at Virginia on the Cavalier’s “Senior Night” on Wednesday, then Clemson will finally have its final home game for Adam Allenspach on March 3. Clemson won at NC State last year to ruin the Senior Day game for Justin Gainey and the Wolfpack. Clemson lost the other two “Senior Day” games last year, its own against Duke, then lost at Tech in Jason Collier’s final home game. Clemson has an 11-28 lifetime record in opposing Senior Night games. Clemson has a 1-6 lifetime record at Georgia Tech in Senior Night games with the only win coming in 1996-97. This will be the third time in five years that Clemson is the opponent for Tech’s “Senior Day”. Clemson was 0-2 in “Senior Games” in 1998-99, losing at Maryland and at Duke. Clemson had just one Senior Night road win in the decade of the 1980s, at Duke in 1984 in Bill Foster’s final ACC Road game as Clemson head coach. The Tigers had three such wins in the 1990s and one so far in the first decade of the 21st century. Clemson is now 1-6 at Georgia Tech, 3-3 at Virginia, 2-7 at Maryland, 0-4 at North Carolina, 3-0 at NC State, 2-6 at Duke, and 0-2 at South Carolina. Clemson has never been Senior Night for Florida State. Clemson defeated two teams on “Senior Night” games in the 1961-62 season. That was also the only year Clemson went to the finals of the ACC Tournament. That remains the only year Clemson has won two opposing “Senior Night” games.
Earlier this Year Georgia Tech 111, Clemson 108 Jan. 24, 2000 at Clemson, SC Will Solomon scored 41 points, the sixth highest single game and just the seventh 40-point scoring game in school history, but it was not enough as Georgia Tech outlasted Clemson 111-108 on January 24 at Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson was playing without starting center Adam Allenspach, who missed his second straight game with a back ailment, and starting point guard Edward Scott, who missed the game with a case of the flu. Alvin Jones had perhaps his finest all-around game at Tech as the senior had 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes. Jones, a 61.5 percent free throw shooter entering the game, made 14-19 from the foul line for Tech. He was supported by Shaun Fein, who made 7-9 three-point shots and scored 23 in just 25 minutes. Halston Lane scored 17 points in just 21 minutes off the bench to provide support. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field overall and from three-point land. Both teams scored at least 50 points in each half. Tech made 17-31 three-point shots, a school record for three-point goals in a game, while Clemson made 14-28, the third most made three-point goals in Clemson history. The Tigers made 34-42 from the foul line, including 14 in a row to open the game, and 81 percent for the contest. It was just the second time since 1969 that Clemson made 34 free throws, yet lost the game. Tony Stockman supported Solomon with 20 points and six assists. He scored 18 points in the second half. Pasha Bains scored 12 points, all in the second half, on a perfect 4-4 shooting night. Starting center Ray Henderson added 12 points, including a career best 6-6 from the foul line. Both teams scored in bunches. Tech scored 36 points in the first 10 minutes and had a 14-point lead. It was a 16-point lead at 48-32 at the 6:12 mark on a three-point shot by Lane. Tech made 13 of 20 three-point goals in the first half alone, but the Tigers scored 23 points in the last 7:21 to get within six at intermission. Solomon scored 26 points in the first half for the Tigers, but he could not counteract the three-point shooting by Tech. The Yellow Jackets had five different players make at least two three-point goals in the first half alone. Clemson again fell behind by 16 in the second half, first at 92-76, then by a 97-81 score with 6:49 left. But, Clemson scored 27 points in the last 6:42 of the game. A Pasha Bains three-point goal with 1:23 left cut the margin to 105-104. It was 110-108 with 25 seconds left when Clemson got the ball back with a chance to tie, but Will Solomon’s jumper missed. Solomon had a three-pointer to tie with five seconds left, but the shot missed and Tech held on. Clemson saw both of its top big men, Ray Henderson and Chris Hobbs, foul out, but Clemson still won the rebound battle, 36-27. Dustin Braddick had six rebounds to lead Clemson, four offensive. Tech scored 111 points, but starting point guard Tony Akins did not score before he fouled out. The 108 points were the most by the Tigers in the Larry Shyatt era, the most by any Clemson team since the Tigers scored 120 in a 120-103 win over Charleston Southern in 1993-94. That is the only game in Clemson history in which more points were scored by both teams combined.
Last Year at Tech Georgia Tech 85, Clemson 69 Mar. 4 at Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech downed Clemson in Atlanta on March 4, 2000. The victory was the final home game for retiring Tech Coach Bobby Cremins. He got a strong sendoff with the 16-point victory over the Tigers, who had won by 12 points at Clemson earlier in the year. Jason Collier, playing in his final home game, had 24 points and seven rebounds, while Jason Floyd hit 4-7 three-point shots and scored 23 in his final home game. T.J. Vines added 11 off the bench. Will Solomon led Clemson with 30 points. He was the only Tiger in double figures. Adam Allenspach had seven points and eight rebounds, but played just 19 minutes. Tech won the battle of the boards 45-40 and shot 44 percent from the field. The turnover totals were tied at 14-14. Tech held a 38-27 lead at intermission.
Most Recent Outing Wake Forest 92, Clemson 60 Feb. 21, 2001 at Littlejohn Coliseum Wake Forest held Clemson to just 3-22 shooting and nine points in the first half and went on to a 92-60 victory at Littlejohn Coliseum on February 21, 2001. Clemson was coming off its second ever win over the nation’s top ranked team, but had no carry over from that incredible victory over North Carolina three days previous. The Demon Deacons outscored Clemson 41-9 in the first 20 minutes, then the two teams split 102 points in the second half. The first half point total was the fewest by the Tigers since Feb. 23, 1945 when Clemson scored just six in the first half of a loss to South Carolina. The 3-22 field goal shooting was the worst in a half by a Larry Shyatt coached team. Darius Songaila scored 24 points on 8-10 shooting to lead the Deacons, who were ranked 22nd in the nation entering the game. He scored those 24 points in just 22 minutes. Craig Dawson added 19 points off the bench, while Josh Howard had 14 points and five steals. Clemson was led by Tony Stockman, who scored 14 points, including four three-point goals. Dustin Braddick added 10 points and four assists. ACC scoring leader Will Solomon was held to nine points, just the second game over the last two years (55 games) in which he failed to reach double figures. Clemson struggled from the outside. The Tigers missed their first 12 shots from the field and had seven turnovers in the first seven minutes. Clemson had committed just seven turnovers the entire game against North Carolina the previous Sunday. Wake Forest had leads of 11-0 and 26-4 in the first half. Clemson struggled to score in the first half, then scored 21 points in the first six minutes of the second half. The Tigers made 19-38 field goals in the second half, 50 percent, and added 8-19 three-point goals, 42 percent. But, the Deacons also scored 51 points after intermission and were 12-16 from the free throw line.
Tigers Have Been Up and Down Clemson has been on quite a rollar-coaster ride of late. Over the last three games, Clemson has lost by 35 points at NC State, its worst margin of defeat to the Pack since 1955, defeated #1 ranked North Carolina for its second win in history over the number-one team, then lost at home to Wake Forest by 32 points, Clemson’s worst margin of defeat in the history of Littlejohn Coliseum. You never know what will happen from one half to the next with this young team. Clemson scored 45 points (to just 30) in the second half against North Carolina. The Tar Heels are second in the nation in field goal percentage defense this week. The next half, the first half against Wake Forest, the Tigers hit just 3-22 shots from the field and scored just nine points, Clemson’s low point total for a half since scoring just six in the first half against South Carolina in the 1945 Southern Conference Tournament.
Scott Free Throw Streak Hits 22 in a Row We know writing this note will jinx him, but Edward Scott has been on quite a free throw shooting streak of late. In fact, it is the longest streak by a Clemson player in 17 years. Scott, a sophomore point guard, has made 22 consecutive free throws dating to the first game with Maryland on January 2 at Littlejohn Coliseum. For the year he has made 41-49 for .837, but he is an even more impressive 22-23 in ACC play. That includes a 4-4 performance inside the last minute of Clemson’s win over #1 North Carolina. Scott’s free throw streak is the longest by a Clemson player since Anthony Jenkins made 24 in a row, his last 19 of the 1982-83 season and his first five of the 1983-84 season. The Clemson record is 41 in a row by Jim Brennan, set in the 1961-62 season. The ACC mark is 48 in a row by Jeff Lamp of Virginia in 1979-80. The national record, set this year, is 73 in a row by Gary Buchanan of Villanova. Buchanan had made 84-86 from the foul line .977 through games played of February 19.
Scott Running the Offense Clemson point guard Edward Scott has scored in double figures in six of his last 13 games, all against ACC competition. He has averaged 8 points a game during the 13-game stretch. He has a 6.8 career average. Scott recently had one of the top games of his career. He tallied 15 points against Duke, his high point total against an ACC opponent as a Clemson player. He also had a career-high eight rebounds and held Jason Williams under double figures (8) and forced 10 turnovers. Scott has done a good job running the Clemson offense. He has 101 assists and 59 turnovers. He has significantly surpassed his assist total for all of last year when he had 69 assists in 789 minutes. Overall, Scott has eight double figure scoring games this year, he had five all of last year. The native of Eastover, SC (near Columbia) has improved his assist/turnover ratio from 1.30 to 1.71 so far this year. He has had more turnovers than assists in just three games. He has averaged a turnover every 14 minutes of play so far this year, a solid figure for a point guard who plays 33 minutes per game. Scott was an efficient four assists and no turnovers in the win over North Carolina on Feb. 18. He did that in 34 minutes, tying his personal high for minutes played without a turnover.
Clemson 75, #1 North Carolina 65 Clemson rode a 26-point performance from Will Solomon, plus 16 from freshman guard Tony Stockman and upset number-one ranked North Carolina 75-65 at a sold out Littlejohn Coliseum on Feb. 18, 2001. It was just the second time in Clemson history and the first time in 21 years that the Tigers upset the nation’s top ranked team. Clemson also had outstanding play off the bench from Jamar McKnight and Tomas Nagys. McKnight, who had scored just 27 points in ACC play all year, had eight points in 17 minutes off the bench. He made 4-7 shots, had five rebounds and did not commit a turnover. Nagys had five points and six rebounds in 18 minutes. His two field goals were spectacular and were scored in the clutch. One was a three-pointer, just the second of his career, and another was a diving shot from 10 feet out over Julius Peppers. They were scored on consecutive Clemson possessions that gave the Tigers a nine-point lead with nine minutes left. Solomon scored his 26 points in just 25 minutes. He also had four rebounds and three assists and connected on 5-12 three-point shots. Stockman scored 4-9 three-point goals in tallying his 16 points. He had just one turnover in 35 minutes of play. Point guard Edward Scott scored had nine points, four assists and no turnovers in 34 minutes. Freshman Chris Hobbs added six points and a team best eight rebounds. North Carolina was led by Jason Capel, Brendan Haywood and Joseph Forte, who all scored 16 points apiece. Forte entered the game second in the ACC in scoring behind Will Solomon by just two total points (489-487). But, the gifted North Carolina guard made just 6-19 shots from the field, 0-4 on three-point attempts. The much smaller Tigers won the rebounding battle, 44-41. Both teams committed just seven turnovers. It was the lowest turnover total all year for the Tigers. North Carolina made just 38.5 percent of its field goal attempts, its low figure for the year. That included just 1-14 three-point shots in the second half. The Tar Heels made just 7-15 from the foul line. North Carolina held a 35-30 lead at intermission behind 13 points from Jason Capel. Clemson held Forte to just one point in the first half. Clemson was led by Stockman and Solomon with eight points apiece. The Tar Heels expanded the margin to seven at 37-30 to open the second half. But, Will Solomon scored 10 consecutive points in a 3:04 time span to tie the score at 42. A reverse layup by Jamar McKnight at the 15:11 mark, put Clemson up 44-42. North Carolina never regained the lead. Clemson went on a 7-0 run, five of the points by Nagys, to take a 54-45 lead at the 9:11 mark. Forte finally got going at this point. He scored eight straight points at one stretch, then a Brendan Haywood dunk brought North Carolina to within 61-60 with 3:48 left. He was called for a technical on the play for grabbing the rim. Will Solomon made the free throw, then Clemson missed a shot. On the next possession, freshman Tony Stockman stole the ball and scored to give Clemson a 64-60 lead. Tony Stockman made a three-point shot with 44 seconds left to give Clemson a seven point lead. The Tigers made 7-7 free throws in the last minute to ice the game. Clemson went on an 11-3 run to finish off the Tar Heels.
How Shocking an Upset? Here are some facts on Clemson’s upset of #1 North Carolina on Feb. 18, 2001 oClemson had lost eight straight games, while North Carolina, ranked number-one in the nation, had won 18 in a row. North Carolina was first in the ACC standings with a perfect 11-0 record, while Clemson was last with a 1-10 mark. oClemson was coming off a 34-point loss at NC State, its largest margin of defeat against the Pack since 1955. North Carolina had eight days to prepare for the game. oClemson entered in the game with an eight-game losing streak, its longest since 1971-72 when it had a nine-game losing streak. North Carolina’s 18-game winning streak was the longest in the nation and the Tar Heels longest since 1986-87. oClemson had lost 19 in a row to the nation’s number-one ranked team dating to January 9, 1980, an 87-82 overtime victory against #1 Duke. Clemson was 1-22 lifetime against the number-one team in the nation heading into the contest. oClemson had been 0-10 when playing a #1 ranked North Carolina team. oClemson had been 0-9 against top 25 teams in 2000-01 and had lost 12 in a row over ranked teams dating to last year’s win over 21st ranked North Carolina State. oClemson had been 1-12 this year when trailing at halftime. The Tigers trailed 35-30 at halftime of this game. t was just the third time since the 1952-53 season that Clemson had trailed at the half against North Carolina, then came back to gain victory. oClemson had been 8-20 all-time in games played on February 18th, Clemson’s worst winning percentage of the 29 days in the month of February. oClemson had lost 12 straight games over two years when it had just two or fewer players in double figures. Clemson had just two, Will Solomon and Tony Stockman, in the win over North Carolina. oMatt Doherty had never lost as a player or coach to Clemson, 10-0 as a player, 1-0 as a coach. oNorth Carolina shot 38.5 percent from the field against Clemson, the Tar Heels’ worst field goal percentage of the season. Clemson entered the game allowing 47 percent field goal accuracy in ACC play, seventh best in the league. North Carolina made just 8-26 three-point goals, including just 1-14 in the second half. Clemson entered the game eighth in the ACC in three-point goal percentage defense in league play (.393).
Biggest Upset in College Basketball in 23 Year You can make a case that Clemson’s 75-65 win over #1 North Carolina on Feb. 18 was the biggest upset in college basketball in 23 years. What do we use for a basis? Clemson’s victory marked the first time since the 1978-79 season that a team with a losing record after January 15 defeated the number-one team in the nation. You have to go back to Feb. 22, 1979 to find the last time a team with a losing record after January 15 defeated the number-one team in the nation. That day a 10-13 Washington team defeated UCLA 69-68. There have been four other occasions over the last 23 years that a team with a losing record has defeated the number-one team in the country. Two of the times the upsetting team was 0-1. One of the instances took place this year when an 0-1 Purdue team defeated #1 Arizona on November 25 in Indianapolis. The other took place on December 4, 1993 when an 0-1 Indiana team upset #1 Kentucky, 96-84. On December 22, 1995 a 2-4 Temple team defeated #1 Kansas in the Meadowlands, 74-66. Finally, on January 8, 1994 a 3-5 Alabama team defeated #1 Arkansas, 66-64 at Alabama. It is interesting to note that four of the five times this year the number-one team has been upset, the team doing the upsetting was coming off a loss. Two teams, Clemson and UCLA, were coming off a loss of at least 30 points. Clemson’s 10-point victory was the largest margin over the #1 team since Florida defeated #1 Duke in the NCAA Tournament last year, 78-65.
Tigers Have 2 Wins over #1 Tar Heel Teams this Year Clemson’s victory over North Carolina on the hardcourt on Feb. 18 was not the first time Clemson has beaten a number-one ranked Tar Heel team this year. Back in September, Clemson’s women’s soccer program upset a number-one ranked North Carolina team 2-1 at Clemson’s Riggs Field. That was the first time Clemson has beaten the number-one team in women’s soccer. The win over North Carolina on the hardcourt marked the 21st time in the school’s sports history that the Tigers had gained a win over the #1 ranked team in the nation. Clemson has beaten the number-one team in the nation in six different sports: baseball (9 times), men’s soccer (5 times), men’s tennis (twice), women’s basketball (twice), men’s basketball (twice) and women’s soccer (once). This is the first time Clemson has beaten the number-one team in two different sports in the same academic year since 1993-94 when the men’s soccer team defeated a number-one ranked Virginia team in the fall and the baseball team followed with two wins over a #1 Georgia Tech team in the spring. Both of the wins over number-one this year took place on the Clemson campus, a rarity. These were just the fifth and sixth times Clemson has upset number-one at Clemson. Ten times Clemson has pulled off the upset on the number-one team’s home facility, while the other five have taken place at a neutral site.
Academic Excellence Five members of the Clemson men’s basketball team made the academic honor roll for the fall semester this year, tied for the highest total in Clemson history. The total tied the record of five set for the spring semester last year. Since Larry Shyatt has been the head coach at Clemson (this is his sixth semester), Clemson has had 18 academic honor roll selections. The players named to the academic honor roll for the first semester were Adam Allenspach, Pasha Bains, Walker Holt, Beau Shay and Wes Long. Clemson had five selections to the ACC Academic honor roll for the 1999-00 academic year, most in history. That team is composed of players who have had a 3.0 GPA or better for the academic year. Allenspach, Holt and Bains were also on that list along with J.D. Powell and Jeremy Shyatt. Bains now has a 3.38 career GPA and was a CoSIDA Academic All-District nominee for this year. Allenspach and Bains were recently honored at Clemson’s Student-Athlete Academic Awards banquet on Feb. 20th at the Madren Center on the Clemson campus. Bains was named to the Clemson All-Academic team, one of 17 people named from all sports at Clemson. He was also honored as one of two recipients of The Arthur Ashe Award, an honor given to minority student-athletes for outstanding academic and athletic achievement. The football team’s Jackie Robinson was the other recipient. Allenspach was a recipient of a Top Six Award, which is presented by the ACC for outstanding participation in community service. Erin Batth, from the Lady Tigers basketball team was also one of the six recipients.
Hobbs, Stockman ACC All-Rookie Team Candidates Clemson currently has the top freshman scorer and top freshman rebounder in the ACC. Tiger reserve guard Tony Stockman paces the league’s freshmen in scoring with a 12.3 average, while classmate Chris Hobbs is the top freshman rebounder in the league with a 6.4 figure. Both are candidates for the ACC All-Rookie team this year. Both figured prominently in Clemson’s win over #1 North Carolina on Feb. 18. Stockman scored 16 points, including five in the last two minutes of the game, helping the Tigers to the 10-point Clemson win. He made four three-point goals in the contest, including one with 44 seconds left that iced the game. Hobbs was Clemson’s top rebounder in the game with eight and he scored six points on 3-4 shooting. Hobbs and Stockman scored seven of Clemson’s final 16 points. The only Clemson freshman in history to lead ACC rookies in scoring is Skip Wise, who averaged 18.5 points a game in 1974-75. Only twice has Clemson had the top freshman rebounder in the league. Dale Davis did it in 1987-88 (7.7) and Tree Rollins did it in 1973-74 (12.2). Clemson has never had the top freshman scorer and rebounder in the ACC in the same year. Only once in ACC history have two different freshmen from the same ACC team led the league’s rookies in scoring and rebounding. In 1989-90 Kenny Anderson led the ACC freshman in scoring with a 20.6 figure, while Malcom Mackey led the rookie rebounders with a 7.5 figure. Both Hobbs and Stockman are among the league leaders in other areas as well. Stockman stands seventh in the league in three-point goal percentage and is seventh in three-point goals per game. He now has 59 for the season, a Clemson freshman record. Hobbs stands 11th in the ACC in rebounds overall, but is sixth in ACC games. He is the only freshman in the ACC shooting at least 50 percent from the field and 70 percent from the foul line. He is shooting 54.4 percent from the field and 72.3 percent from the line through 25 games played. Clemson also has received a strong contribution by Dwon Clifton a third freshman. The rookie from Louisburg, NC has started every ACC game this year, the only Tiger to do that. He is averaging 3.7 points per game overall. He has made 38 percent of his three-point goals in league play.
Hobbs and Stockman Chasing Freshman Records Clemson freshmen Chris Hobbs and Tony Stockman are both chasing Clemson freshman records. Stockman already has one mark, his 59 three-point goals rank first among freshmen in Clemson history. Chris Hobbs .544 field goal percentage is second only to Elden Campbell’s .554 freshman mark. Stockman’s 82.4 percent free throw mark is third best.
Solomon Chasing Scoring Marks Sophomore guard Will Solomon is averaging 21 points per game. If the season ended today that would be the fifth best single season average in Clemson history, best since the 1986-87 season when Horace Grant averaged 21.0 per game. Last year Solomon averaged 20.9 and is trying to join Zatezalo as the only Clemson players in history to have two different 20-point seasons. His 82 three-point goals this year already rank fourth best season in Clemson history. He is also on track to break his own record for three-point goals per game.
Loss of Allenspach Had Impact Clemson center Adam Allenspach played 10 minutes against NC State on Feb. 14, his first action for the Tigers since playing seven minutes at North Carolina on January 17th. He played 20 in the win over North Carolina on Feb. 18th. His presence had an effect on Clemson’s post defense in the victory over the number-one team in the nation. Clemson’s only senior on the roster has played just 89 minutes in six conference games. The 7-1 center, who has played 110 games in his Clemson career, has missed time due to inflammation of the Sacroilliac Joint (where hip meets the spine). The problem caused back spasms and a loss of motion and mobility. Allenspach had six double-doubles within the first nine games of the season and was leading the ACC in that category as the Tigers ran to a 7-2 start. He is still in the top five in the ACC in double-doubles, even though he has missed seven games completely. He was averaging 13 points and 9.8 rebounds per game for the first nine games. But, he started to have back trouble in the tournament in Puerto Rico. He then missed Clemson’s first game after Christmas against Charleston Southern. Since Christmas he has played just 100 minutes. In addition to scoring and rebounding, Allenspach has an impact on the defensive end. Although he is not a big shot blocker, he plays strong post defense and the proof is in the statistics of the opposition. Last year, with Allenspach playing all but one game, opposing starting centers shot just 45.5 percent from the field, averaged just 5.4 rebounds and 6.3 points per game. Only six games did an opposing starting center score in double figures, only once (Lonny Baxter) did an opposing starting center score more than 15 points. For the first 13 games this year the trend continued. With Allenspach in the lineup, opposing centers connected on just 43.8 percent from the field and averaged just 6.1 points and 4.5 rebounds. But, in the next 10 games, with Allenspach playing just 48 total minutes, opposing starting centers connected on 61.3 percent of their field goals (46-75), averaged 14.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Three times the opposing starting center reached 24 points or more during this time, including 26 by Georgia Tech’s Alvin Jones. Only twice in the first 13 games this year did the opposing starting center score in double figures.
Allenspach Achieved Triple Leadership at South Carolina Adam Allenspach pulled off a rare achievement in Clemson’s loss to South Carolina in December. The 7-1 center led the Tigers in scoring (15), assists (4) and rebounding (15). Leading Clemson in scoring and rebounding is not an earth shattering accomplishment for Allenspach, but adding in assists makes it an unusual accomplishment. In fact, he also led Clemson in blocked shots in the game, meaning he led the Tigers in four important categories. Leading Clemson in all three areas in the same game is rare. Below is a list of Clemson players who have done it in the last 31 years (since assists were kept as an official stat). Terrell McIntyre did it twice in his career. Allenspach was the first to do it as a center since Sharone Wright against UT Arlington in 1993-94. David Angel is the only other center to do it and he did it twice.
Solomon Averages 20 a Game Clemson guard Will Solomon has been a consistent 20-point scorer for the Tigers over the last two years. In fact, for his last 55 games he has a 20.93 average. He has 1151 points in just 55 games, 30 games as a sophomore and 25 games so far this season. The chart below shows that Solomon has not padded his stats in games at home, games against non-conference teams or games against unranked opponents. This season he has the same average in league play as in non-league, has a higher scoring average against ranked teams as opposed to unranked teams, and has a higher scoring average away from home as compared to games in Littlejohn Coliseum. It is apparent that he is having a better year than he had last year. In 7 of the 12 situations listed below he has improved his scoring average compared to last year. And, he has not done it by shooting a lot of shots.
Solomon’s 41-point Outing Sixth Best in Clemson History Will Solomon’s 41-point scoring game against Georgia Tech was the sixth highest scoring performance in Clemson history. It was just the seventh game of 40 points or more by a Tiger player dating to 1912, the first year of Clemson basketball. Solomon, Bill Yarborough and Butch Zatezalo now each have two 40-point scoring games apiece. Solomon is the only Clemson player since 1970 to have a 40-point scoring game. Butch Zatezalo was the last player before Solomon to do it. Solomon made 13-22 shots from the field, 7-12 three-point attempts and 8-9 from the foul line in his 41-point game against Tech. He played all 40 minutes. The native of East Hartford, CT scored 26 points in the first half when he made 8-12 from the field, including 6 of his first 7. J.O. Erwin has the Clemson single game scoring record with 58 points in just the second game in Clemson basketball history. Erwin had 29 field goals for 58 total points in Clemson’s 78-6 win that afternoon. It was actually the second game of the day for Erwin and the Tigers. Earlier at Furman, Erwin had 22 points in a win over Furman. Thus, he scored 80 points that day, the reason Clemson has a single day scoring record that is different from its single game scoring record in the Clemson basketball press guide.
Solomon Career Scoring Average 7th in Clemson History With his recent scoring burst, Will Solomon has moved to 7th in Clemson history on the points per game chart. Solomon has averaged at least 20 points a game over the last two years to raise his average to 15.33 for his 89-game career. He has moved ahead of all-time total points leader Elden Campbell. Solomon now ranks second among players who played during an era of freshman eligibility. Bill Yarborough is the only player who played four years that is above Solomon. All the others were not eligible until their sophomore years under NCAA rules during the 1953-73 period. (Note that Randy Mahaffey played part of a fourth season, but red-shirted due to injury). Solomon has moved to 11th in Clemson history in total points scored (1364). He went ahead of Larry Nance with his 26-point outing against North Carolina on Feb. 18. Next on the list is Stan Rome at 1365, followed by Tree Rollins with 1463. Solomon is second in career three-point goals (201), third in three-point goals per game (2.26), eighth in three-point percentage (.367), sixth in 20-point games (29), and seventh in scoring average.
Solomon Outstanding vs. Ranked Teams Will Solomon has been outstanding against top flight competition this year. In 11 games against top 20 teams he has scored 230 points, a 20.9 average. In those 11 games he has shot 42 percent from the field, 40.2 percent on three-point attempts and 82 percent from the foul line. All those figures are better than his stats against unranked teams. Solomon has five games of at least 30 points this year and four of them have come against Top 20 teams. His most important performance against a ranked team came Feb. 18 when he scored 26 points in just 25 minutes in Clemson’s upset of #1 North Carolina.
Solomon Improved over Last Year Clemson guard Will Solomon was named first-team All-ACC last year as a sophomore, the first Clemson guard to be named first team in 20 years, the first sophomore or freshman to earn first-team honors from Clemson in 25 years. Based on his production so far this year, he will again be a strong candidate for the honor. No Clemson player in history has ever been first-team All-ACC in two different seasons. Solomon has shown improvement in just about every area this year, including scoring and all three of the shooting percentages. He has done it while playing less time (36 minutes a game last year to 33.7 minutes a game this year). As he did last year, his stats in ACC games are better than in non-conference games.
Solomon Had 6 Straight 20-point Games Clemson guard Will Solomon scored at least 20 points in six consecutive games between December 20 to January 2. The junior from East Hartford, CT averaged 26.2 points a game during the six games. The streak was stopped at Duke when he was held to 13 points by 6-6 Blue Devil forward Nate James. Solomon tallied 32 points in two of the games in the streak, both against ranked opponents. He had 32 in an eight-point loss to 20th-ranked Cincinnati and also had 32 in Clemson’s 12-point loss to 17th-ranked Maryland. Playing well against top opposition is nothing new for Solomon. Last year he had a higher scoring average in ACC games than in non-conference contests. Solomon’s streak of six consecutive 20-point games was the longest since Horace Grant had six straight during the 1986-87 season, the year he became Clemson’s only ACC MVP. Grant’s streak was stopped by North Carolina when he scored 19. The Clemson record for consecutive 20-point games is 19, held by the late Bill Yarborough. He scored at least 20 in the last three games of 1953-54 and the first 16 of the 1954-55 season. Yarborough averaged 28.3 points a game in 1954-55 and scored at least 20 in every game. His only non-20 point game was an 18-point outing. Solomon has already established one Clemson streak record this year. He scored in double figures in 52 straight games, every game in 1999-00 and all but one game (at NC State) this year. The streak was broken at NC State on Feb. 14 when he took just seven shots and scored seven points. It also broke his 27-game streak in ACC play. The previous Clemson mark was by Vince Yockel, who had 36 in a row over two seasons in the 1950s. Solomon’s 52-game streak was 16th longest in ACC history.
Hobbs Shooting Stats Outstanding Freshman Chris Hobbs has made 15 of his last 24 shots from the field and has elevated his field goal percentage to .544 for the season. Hobbs is also shooting 72.3 percent from the foul line so far this season. The rookie from Chapel Hill is trying to join an exclusive group of Tiger freshmen who have made at least 50 percent of their shots from the field and 70 percent from the foul line. There have been just four Clemson freshmen in history who have shot at least 50 percent from the field and 70 percent from the foul line, none since Elden Campbell turned the accomplishment in 1986-87. That year, Campbell hit 55.4 percent from the field and 70.2 percent from the line as an understudy to senior ACC Player of the Year Horace Grant. As you can see by the chart below, Grant also accomplished the feat in 1983-84. Vincent Hamilton (1980-81) and Fred Gilliam (1979-80) are the only other Clemson freshmen to do it. It is apparent that shooting 50 percent from the field and 70 percent from the line in the same season is no easy accomplishment. A check to the final stats shows that no Clemson players, regardless of class, has done it since 1991-92. That year, junior Corey Wallace shot 53.8 percent from the field and 71.2 percent from the foul line.
Hobbs Pulling in the Rebounds Clemson freshman Chris Hobbs has taken over the team lead in total rebounds this year with 159. He had 13 at Wake Forest, his second highest total of the year. He had 15 in a game against The Citadel earlier this year, most by a Clemson freshman in five years. He has jumped ahead of Adam Allenspach in terms of total rebounds, but Allenspach has the higher average. How productive has Hobbs been when it comes to carom collecting? When comparing Hobbs against the great Clemson rebounders in history his freshman rebounds per minute figure stands second only to Tree Rollins. Rollins grabbed a rebound every 2.52 minutes his freshman season (1973-74), while Hobbs gets one every 3.06 minutes. Hobbs is ahead of the freshman pace set by such greats as Dale Davis, Elden Campbell, Horace Grant, Sharone Wright and Larry Nance. His father, Greg Hobbs, is a videographer for Duke Medical Center. In his spare time, he has served as a videographer for Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s television show. Many times Chris tagged a long to watch the game. Both of his parents are North Carolina graduates.
Hobbs Scores 28 vs. Virginia While Chris Hobbs has been a strong rebounder, he has also been a solid inside scorer at times this year. That was never as obvious as the Virginia game of January 27th. In that contest, Hobbs scored a season high 28 points on 10-13 shooting from the field and 8-9 shooting from the foul line. That was the most points in a game by a Clemson freshman since 1995-96 when Terrell McIntyre scored 29. It was the most points by a Clemson freshman front court player since the 1982-83 season when Anthony Jenkins scored 30 against Duke. Hobbs is now averaging 8.8 points in conference games, 7.4 overall. He is third on the team in scoring in conference games and first in rebounding in league contests. Overall, he is fourth in scoring and second in rebounding on the Clemson team. His 54.4 percent field goal accuracy is best on the Clemson team.
Nagys Play Improved Sophomore forward Tomas Nagys played his finest all-around game as a Clemson Tiger in the loss at Maryland on February 4. The 6-9 forward scored seven points and had a career-high nine rebounds against Maryland’s strong frontline of Lonny Baxter and Terence Morris. He also had two blocked shots and three steals, best by a Tiger in the game, for his 27 minutes of play. The point total included his first career three-point goal, he had missed the first six attempts of his career. Nagys was praised by Head Coach Larry Shyatt on his postgame radio show. “Tomas Nagys played very hard and very well against an excellent Maryland frontline. Time and again he battled for rebounds and went to the floor many times. He set a tone that the rest of the team picked up in terms of hustle.” Nagys followed that game with a solid effort against Duke. He made 3-4 shots from the field and had seven points and two steals in just 16 minutes. He had five points and six rebounds in the win over North Carolina, including his second career three-point goal. For the season, Nagys has 82 rebounds, but is now third on the team in rebounds per minute. He collects a rebound every 3.55 minutes he is in the game.
Clemson Three-Point Shooting Improved Clemson is much improved this year when it comes to the perimeter aspect of the game. The Tigers are shooting 36 percent on three-point shots and averaging 8.15 three-point made goals per game, above the previous record rate of 7.06 per game set in 1993-94. They are shooting and making more threes and doing it at the third best percentage in school history. Clemson’s 1986-87 team made 203 of 453 three-point attempts, a .448 figure, by far the Clemson record and still the ACC mark for that category. Clemson’s 1991-92 team made 38.2 percent and the current 36.5 figure is third. Leading the way in terms of three-point shooting is Will Solomon, who has made 82 three-point goals in 25 games, 3.31 per game, best in the ACC and in the top 15 in the nation. Solomon’s 3.31 per game figure is near the 3.34 per game by Clemson’s entire team in 1989-90, the Tiger squad that won the school’s only ACC regular season championship.
Clemson Has Played 11 Games vs. Top 25 Teams Clemson has played 11 top 20 opponents so far this year and Clemson is 1-10 in those games. Ironically, the only win is against a number-one North Carolina team. The Tigers have played well in seven of those 11 games, having a chance to win with less than five minutes left in six of the nine losses. Clemson lost to 10th ranked Seton Hall 79-78 on November 21 in the second game of the season, then lost to 20th ranked Cincinnati by 88-80 on December 21 in San Juan. Maryland, ranked 17th at the time, downed the Tigers, 104-92 on January 2. Playing against top-flight competition will be the norm this year. The ACC is filled with top 20 teams and it appears Clemson will play at least 10 conference games against ranked teams. Combined with the two non-conference games against top 20 teams, Clemson should play 12 regular season games this year against top 20 teams. That would be a first in Clemson history if that happens. Clemson had played 10 top 20 teams in a season four previous years. It first took place in 1979-80 when Clemson had a 6-4 record against top 20 teams on the way to a NCAA Final Eight finish. Clemson also played 10 top 20 teams in 1980-81, 1994-95 and 1996-97. The record for most top 25 teams played in a season is 13, set in 1996-97, but three of those were played in the postseason. (Thus, Clemson has already tied the regular season record.) Clemson had a 5-8 record against ranked teams that year. That was Larry Shyatt’s last season as associate head coach at Clemson. Clemson been known to upset ranked teams in the past. Clemson has 69 win over ranked teams (AP or USA Today/Coach’s), including at least one every year since 1986-87. That includes this year.
Stockman Wins Paw Competition Clemson Head Coach Larry Shyatt has created an individual competition within his team that is geared toward improving the team’s overall performance. He has devised a system for earning “Tiger Paws” throughout the year. He has divided the season into three parts, pre-ACC, ACC regular season, and postseason. Players can earn Tiger Paws by individual hustle plays, deflections, taking charges, reaching a minimum amount of rebounds, field goal shooting, three-point and free throw percentage minimums or making a game-winning play. Each member of the team receives a paw when certain team goals are reached within a game. For the pre-ACC part of the schedule, the champion was Adam Allenspach had 17. Everyone started fresh with the ACC regular season schedule.
Stockman Sets Record for 3-Point Goals Freshman guard Tony Stockman scored a season best 23 points in his first collegiate start on Dec. 16 against Wofford. The effort, which also included three rebounds, three assists and three steals, earned Stockman ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 18. Stockman connected on 9 of 17 shots from the field, including a 4 of 7 mark from long range. Stockman and Chris Hobbs are the only Tiger freshmen to score at least 23 points in a game in the last four years. Stockman had another 20-point game in his first ACC start. He tallied 20 points, including 10-12 from the foul line in the 111-108 loss to Georgia Tech. He scored 18 points in the second half. He added 13 points and five assists without a turnover against Virginia. He added 16 points in his second ACC start, the 75-65 win over North Carolina. Stockman has shown an ability to score in the clutch. Against Charleston Southern, he scored 14 of the Tigers final 23 points, including six points in the final five minutes of play. Stockman ranks second on the Clemson team in that stat. In games decided by 10 points or less, he has scored a total of 34 points in the final five minutes of those games, second to Will Solomon’s. For the year, Stockman is second on the team in scoring with a 12.3 average, even though he has played just 26.7 minutes per game. His 59 three-point goals have established a Clemson freshman record, and his 84 percent free throw shooting mark is first on the team. Stockman is having the best season by a Clemson freshman guard since Terrell McIntyre in 1995-96. In some ways, Stockman’s stats are even better. And, he has averaged six less minutes per game than McIntrye played as a freshman.
Free Throw Shooting at a 14-year High One area of improvement for Clemson this year is free throw shooting. The Tigers have made 70.7 percent from the foul line this year. Clemson has not been a good free throw shooting team over the years. In fact, no Clemson team has bettered 70 percent over a season since 1986-87 when Horace Grant was a senior, helping the Tigers to a 71.6 percentage. The closest Clemson has come to a 70 percent season from the line was 1994-95 when the Tigers finished at .696. Clemson has made at least two thirds of its free throws just four of the last 13 seasons. If the season ended today, Clemson’s .707 figure would be the best since the 1986-87 season and the ninth best in history. The Clemson record for free throw shooting took place in 1981-82 when Bill Foster’s Tigers made .734 of their free throws. Clemson has had balance from the line this year. Adam Allenspach, a 74 percent shooter from the line last year, is a 66.7 so far this year. No Clemson team in history has ever led the ACC in free throw shooting.
Clemson Offensive Numbers Up The Tigers are trying to run a more up-tempo offense this season, and are averaging 76 points per game this year, up from the 64.4 scoring average of last year. Clemson has not averaged at least 79 points a game since the 1989-90 season when Clemson’s only ACC championship team in history averaged 79.3 a game. The 108 points Clemson scored against Georgia Tech were the most points scored by a Clemson team since December 1, 1993 when the Tigers scored 120 in the 120-103 win over Charleston Southern. The 108 points scored in the loss to Tech were the most points in history in a Clemson loss. Clemson has scored at least 80 points in 10 games this year, including three in a row at one point. Clemson reached the 80-point mark just twice all of last year and just eight times in 35 games Shyatt’s first season at Clemson.
Clemson has Shown Comeback Ability Clemson has shown an ability to comeback from large deficits so far this year. In fact, in consecutive victories on December 28-30, Clemson overcame deficits of at least 15 points to gain victory. That is the first time in history Clemson has been down 15 at some point, then gained victory in consecutive games. The Tigers trailed Charleston Southern 24-9 on December 28, then rallied for an 87-77 win. Two days later at Coastal Carolina, Clemson trailed 37-19 in the first half, and 41-28 at intermission. Clemson won that contest 81-68. Clemson has play-by-plays on a consistent basis back to the 1977-78 season. That was the third best Clemson comeback on record, topped only by a 20-point comeback against The Citadel in 1978-79 and a 19-point comeback in the NCAA Tournament against LaSalle in 1990. Seven times since the 1977-78 season Clemson has overcome a 15-point deficit to gain victory. Two of the seven have taken place this season, and they were executed just 48 hours apart. In four other games this year Clemson has trailed by double digits, then rallied to take the lead or come within two points late in the game before losing.
Former Tiger Saves Nearly 400 Lives Former Clemson forward Clarke Bynum was in the national news on December 30. The native of Sumter, SC saved the lives of 379 passengers on a British Airways flight from London to Nairobi, Kenya. Bynum, asleep two rows from the cockpit, was jolted awake when the plane went into a nosedive. The pilots were screaming for help and Bynum came to the rescue. He wrestled a madman to the floor, allowing the pilots to straighten out the plane. The man apparently wanted to kill himself and everyone in the plane. Later, the pilots told Bynum the plane was just three seconds from crashing. Bynum, 39, is an insurance agent and was traveling to Uganda with a small interdenominational organization called the African Christian Trust Service. Bynum’s heroics were documented in USA Today and other national news agencies and he was interviewed by Good Morning America and the Today Show. Bynum lettered four seasons for the Tigers from 1980-84. He started 23 games and played in 92 games overall for his career. He averaged 5.0 points and 2.1 rebounds, shot 73 percent from the foul line and 45 percent from the field. He started the first nine games of the 1980-81 season, a Clemson team that finished the year with 20 wins and an NIT bid. He was named ACC Rookie of the Week for the last week of the regular season that year, then scored 14 points in the NIT game against Temple. He had his best game as a Tiger against Austin Peay on December 2, 1981 when he had 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Bynum played his best basketball for Clemson during the team’s eight-games in the FIBA International World Cup in Spain in the summer of 1981. He averaged a team best 20 points per game and shot 58 percent from the field for the tournament. He scored 30 points against tournament champion Real Madrid. Bynum was honored by Clemson on Saturday, January 27, prior to the Clemson vs. Virginia game.
Shyatt to Coach in Maccabiah Games Clemson Head Coach Larry Shyatt has been selected to coach the United States team in the 2001 Maccabiah Games in Israel. The games will be held next July 7-27. Shyatt has already started his preparation for the Games and had an August camp in New York for prospective players, who will mainly be players of Jewish heritage from college programs at all NCAA levels. The team will hold a pre-tournament camp at Clemson this summer prior to going to Israel. For more information on the team and the tournament, contact Andy Solomon at The Citadel. He will be the press officer for the team for the event. Shyatt is in his third year as Clemson’s head coach, his fourth as a Division I head coach overall. He led Wyoming to a 19-9 record and the NIT in 1997-98. In his first year at Clemson he took the Tigers to the NIT Championship game, a first in Clemson history. The Tigers won 20 games that year and Shyatt became just the fourth coach in ACC history to win 20 games in his first year at a league school. Last year Clemson had a 10-20 record. Six players missed a combined 26 games due to injury during last year. Shyatt has coached the ACC scoring champion each of his two years at Clemson. Terrell McIntyre led the league with a 17.9 average in 1998-99, then Will Solomon paced the conference with a 20.9 mark last year. Solomon continues to lead the league this year. Shyatt is in his second tour of duty at Clemson. He was Rick Barnes top assistant from 1994-95 through the 1996-97 season. His last year he helped the Tigers to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and a #8 final national ranking in the USA Today poll, the highest final ranking in Clemson history.
Gilmore Has Torn ACL, Will Miss Season Starting Clemson forward Chucky Gilmore sustained a torn ACL on his right knee during a workout on Aug. 28. Examination by Clemson physicians revealed that Gilmore must have surgery to repair the injury. It is the second injury sustained by Gilmore since the end of last season. He sprained his medial collateral ligament on his left knee in May while playing in a pickup game in his hometown of Fayetteville, NC. Gilmore, a 6-8 forward, started 23 games and played in 27 of Clemson’s 30 contests a year ago. He averaged 3.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last year. The rebound average was second best on the Clemson team.
Clemson ranked 21st in Sears Directors’ Cup Clemson is ranked 21st in the final fall standings for the Sears Directors’ Cup. Clemson accumulated 134 points in the fall season led by solid performances by the football and soccer programs. It is Clemson’s best fall finish since the 1993-94 academic year when Clemson was 16th after the fall results. Clemson also had its best overall finish in the Sears standings that year with a number-nine finish for the entire year. Tommy Bowden guided the football team to a 9-3 record and a Gator Bowl appearance in his second season. The Tigers finished the season ranked 15th in the final Associated Press Poll, the highest ranking for the program since 1990. The women’s soccer team finished its best season ever with a 19-3-1 record overall and a number five ranking in the final NSCAA poll. Clemson defeated eventual national champion North Carolina for the first time ever and claimed the ACC regular season championship. The Lady Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Final Eight this season before losing to UCLA 2-1. The men’s soccer team finished the season with a 14-4-2 record overall and a number eight ranking in the final NSCAA poll. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament Final16 before losing to eventual national champion Connecticut. Clemson’s point total is the third highest in the ACC behind national leader North Carolina and 13th-ranked Wake Forest. Stanford has won six consecutive Sears Directors’ Cups. Awards points based on an institutions finish in up to 20 sports–10 for men and 10 for women. Points are awarded for final poll rankings and NCAA Tournament participation.
Clemson Announces Four Men’s Basketball Signees Clemson Head Coach Larry Shyatt announced the signing of four players to national letters of intent during the early signing period. The Clemson newcomers for the 2001-02 season include Sharrod Ford, a 6-9, 210-pound forward from Accokeek, MD, Olu Babalola, a 6-6, 245-pound forward from London, England, Chey Christie, a 6-4, 170-pound wing player from Biloxi, MS, and 6-10 Steve Allen, a center from Fort Lauderdale, FL. “We are excited to add these quality players to our program,” said Shyatt, who is in his third year as Clemson’s Head Coach. “We covered some important needs. It is a balanced class with one player at each area of the team. This gives us back-to back top 20 recruiting classes and gives us some depth as we look to the future.” Hoop Scoop currently ranks Clemson’s class as #11 in the country. Christie is the brother of former Clemson starting forward Tony Christie. One of the top scorers in the state of Mississippi, he is currently at Biloxi High School in Biloxi, MS. He opened his senior season with a 30-point game. Last year as a junior, Christie averaged 25.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He shot 55 percent from the field and 78 percent from the foul line. He is ranked as the 37th best player in the nation according to Hoop Scoop. Babalola is a native of London, England, but is playing at St. Augustine Prep in Richland, NJ this year. Last year he averaged 18.8 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. He shot 58 percent from the field and averaged 2.8 rebounds a game. He was a third-team All-State selection in New Jersey last year. Ford is an inside player at Hargrave Military academy in Chatham, VA. He played his previous four years at Gwynn Park High in Brandywine, MD. Last year he shot 58 percent from the field, averaged 15.8 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. He also blocked 6.6 shots per game, including a season high of 11 in one game. He was named a first-team All-Metro selection by the Washington Post. Allen averaged 12.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots a game at Dillard High School. He was a first-team all-county and all-conference player. He shot 59 percent from the field and 72 percent from the foul line as a junior.
Five Former Tigers in the NBA Five former Clemson players are currently on NBA rosters. Four of the five would be considered starters for their respective teams, while a fifth has started four games and has started recently. The list of former Tigers in the pros is led by Horace Grant, who is in his 14th year in the league. He is a starting forward with the Los Angeles Lakers and is the only former Tiger to win an NBA Championship ring. He did that with the Chicago Bulls 1991-92-93. Dale Davis and Elden Campbell led Clemson to the ACC regular season championship in 1990 and they are both still starters in the NBA. Davis, who was inducted into the Clemson Ring of Honor in September, is averaging 7.4 points and 7.6 rebounds a game with the Portland Trailbazers this year. He was named to the NBA All-Star team last year when he was playing for the Pacers. Campbell, who was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame the same day Davis went into the Ring of Honor, is the starting center with the Charlotte Hornets. He is averaging 12.4 points and 7.7 rebounds a game this year for the Hornets, high figures among former Tigers in the league. Campbell and Davis played against each other in Charlotte on January 11. Campbell had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Davis had eight points and 15 rebounds. Chris Whitney and Greg Buckner, who both came to Clemson from Hopkinsville, KY, are both in the NBA. Whitney has been starting the last 6 weeks with the Washington team and scored in double figures in 10 straight games at one stretch. He had three double-doubles in that time. He had 14 points and 13 assists in a recent victory over Minnesota, then had 27 points and 11 assists in a win over Boston. Whitney is fifth in the NBA in free throw percentage. Buckner was out of action between December 6 and January 25 due to an ankle injury, but is now back and played 46 minutes against the Knicks last week, recording 12 points, six rebounds and six steals.
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