Dec. 2, 2000
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – Will Solomon and Jamar McKnight both had 12 points to lead Clemson in a 87-52 victory over Western Carolina on Saturday.
Tony Stockman added 11 points for Clemson (4-1). Solomon has scored in double figures in 35 straight games.
Western Carolina (1-5) got 13 points apiece from Willie Freeman and Casey Rogers.
Clemson shot 44 percent from the field while limiting Western Carolina to 30 percent. Clemson’s last three opponents have shot less than 40 percent from the field.
No Clemson player played more than 28 minutes as head coach Larry Shyatt cleared his bench midway through the second half.
The Tigers had a season-high 24 assists and just 11 turnovers. Edward Scott led the Tigers with seven assists.
An inside basket by Ray Henderson gave the Tigers a 35-point lead at 83-48 with 5:37 remaining. Henderson’s basket capped a run of six straight scoring possessions for the Tigers.
The 35-point margin of victory was Clemson’s largest since the Tigers beat Western Carolina 102-67 on Feb. 11, 1998.
Clemson led 49-28 at the half.
Five minutes into the game, the Tigers took command of the game with a 17-4 run that featured five 3-point goals – two by Pasha Bains, two by Solomon, and one by Stockman.
The Tigers were 8-of-16 from behind the arc in the first half.
After Western’s Casey Rogers scored a 3-point basket at the 12:44 mark of the first half, the Catamounts went almost six minutes without scoring.
When the Catamounts finally broke their drought on a basket by Todd Seibert with 6:45 remaining in the half, Clemson’s lead was 35-11.
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