Nov. 18, 2001
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands – Clemson will meet La Salle at 5:30 PM Monday in the second round of the Paradise Jam at the University of the Virgin Islands Sport and Fitness Center.
Clemson is 1-0 on the young season after opening the year Saturday with a 70-57 triumph over Morris Brown. Tony Stockman hit seven three pointers on his way to 23 points, which led all scorers. La Salle opened its season on Sunday night against Morris Brown.
This will be the first meeting between the schools since they met in the 1990 NCAA Tournament. Clemson won the second-round game at the Hartford Civic Center, 79-75. Clemson trailed 43-27 at halftime, then overcame a deficit that reached as many as 19 points to gain the victory. It is the largest halftime deficit overcome for victory in Clemson history and the 19-point deficit is the second largest deficit at any point in a game overcome to gain victory. The Explorers entered the game with a 28-1 record and ranked 12th in the nation. The Tigers went on to lose to UConn in the Sweet 16, 71-70.
A familiar face will be coaching La Salle. Former Maryland assistant Billy Hahn became the Explorers coach in the off-season after 12 years with the Terrapins. La Salle will run a similar style of offense to Maryland. La Salle was 12-17 last season. The Explorers will be led by Rasual Butler who started all 29 games a year ago and averaged 22.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
With a win, Clemson would advance to the championship of the Paradise Jam on Tuesday at 7:45 PM against either Miami (FL) or UAB, which are both receiving votes in the AP or USA Today polls. A Tiger loss would put Clemson in a consolation game which would be played at 5:30 PM Tuesday. The Tigers return home on Wednesday and will then host Wofford in a 7:00 PM game on Saturday at Littlejohn Coliseum.
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