Dec. 2, 2002
Game Three: Clemson vs. Penn State Tuesday, December 3, 2003 7:30 PM Anderson Civic Center
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Clemson in the Big Ten vs. ACC Challenge This is the fourth year of the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge. Clemson is 2-1 so far with a loss at Penn State during the 1999-00 season, a win over Northwestern in a game at Clemson in 2000-01 and a victory at Penn State last year. Thus, this is the third time in four years the two teams have met in the challenge.
Clemson was involved in two games in the ACC vs. Big East Challenge in the 1990s. Clemson played in that event twice, in 1989-90 and 1990-91. The Tigers split the two games there, a 71-70 win over Providence in a game played in Greensboro, and a 78-62 loss to Seton Hall in a game played in Syracuse, NY.
The Providence game had a touch of irony in that Clemson defeated future head coach Rick Barnes in that contest. The Tigers went on to win their only ACC regular season championship in history that year. Providence also went on to a solid season and played in the NCAA Tournament.
Thus, Clemson is 3-2 overall in the ACC’s challenge series against other conferences. This is just the second time Clemson has been the host school. The only other time Clemson played host to a challenge was the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge against Northwestern two years ago.
Clemson in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge
Opponent Site Result 1999-00 Penn State A L, 75-85 2000-01Northwestern H W, 57-44 2001-02 Penn State A W, 79-66
Clemson vs. the Big Ten Clemson has a 6-11 record against Big Ten teams over the years. The Tigers are 3-8 against Big Ten teams away from home, but 3-0 at home. The game at The Civic Center of Anderson on Tuesday night will be considered a home game for Clemson. This is the third time Clemson has faced Penn State, and the 10th time Clemson has faced a Big 10 team in the last eight years.
Clemson lost to Michigan, 59-56 at the Maui Classic on November 23 of Larry Shyatt’s first season and also played Illinois in the BiLo Center in Greenville, a 67-50 Illini victory. Clemson lost at Penn State in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge by an 85-75 count under Shyatt in 1999-00. He followed that with a victory over Northwestern in 2000-01 and the win at Penn State last year. Larry Shyatt’s is 2-3 in his Clemson head coaching career against the Big Ten.
Clemson had two games with Big Ten Champion Minnesota in 1996-97, losing both contests, one in the championship of the San Juan Shootout and one in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in San Antonio. Clemson had lost six in a row to Big Ten teams prior to Clemson’s 57-44 win over Northwestern in Littlejohn Coliseum in 2000-01.
Overall, Clemson is 1-0 vs. Indiana, 0-2 vs. Illinois, 0-2 vs. Michigan, 1-0 vs. Northwestern, 1-1 vs. Penn State, 2-0 vs. Purdue, 0-2 vs. Iowa, 1-4 vs. Minnesota. Clemson’s victory over a 15th ranked Indiana team at the 1980 Rainbow Classic remains Clemson’s only victory in history over a team that went on to win the National Championship. Clemson won that contest, 58-57.
Last Year vs. Penn State At State College, PA November 28, 2001 Chris Hobbs scored 17 points and added 10 rebounds to lead Clemson to a 79-66 win over Penn State in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge of 2001. Clemson came back from a 10-point halftime deficit thanks to 59.1 percent field goal shooting in the second half, and a 20-7 run in the final 10 minutes of the game. Clemson held Penn State to 22.7 percent shooting in the second half as the Nittany Lions made only five of 22 shots.
The first half was much different as Penn State erupted to an early 23-9 lead. The Nittany Lions made their first 10 shots from the floor and finished the first half shooting 61.5 percent from the field compared to Clemson’s 38.2 percentage. Penn State held a 44-34 lead at intermission on its home court.
The double-double by Hobbs was his first of the season and the seventh of his career. Chey Christie added 16 points, three steals and a pair of rebounds in 34 minutes. He was seeing more playing time due to illness to starting perimeter players Tony Stockman and Jamar McKnight. Edward Scott finished with eight points, nine assists seven rebounds and three steals after playing all 40 minutes.
Tomas Nagys was a factor on the inside as well with 11 points and nine rebounds, while freshman Sharrod Ford had his first career double figure scoring game with 10 points in 20 minutes. Clemson had five players in double figures overall, the first time in three years that had occurred.
Clemson outscored the Nittany Lions 20-4 in the paint and converted 17 Penn State turnovers into 15 points. Penn State was led y Jamall Tate with 18 points Clemson out-rebounded Penn State 46-22 and had 22 offensive rebounds. The rebound margin of +24 was the largest by Clemson under Larry Shyatt’s and the second best in Clemson history for a road game. Clemson made just 1-10 three-point shots, but still gained the 13-point victory.
First Meeting with Penn State At State College, PA December 1, 1999 Starting guards Edward Scott combined for 55 points in a 85-75 loss to Penn State on December 1, 1999 in the first ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge. Solomon scored 37 points, most by a Tiger in 25 years, while Scott had 18 points, his high over his first two years at Clemson. That was Scott’s first career start and one of just five games in his freshman year in which he scored in double figures.
That was the most points scored by two Tigers in the same game since Rayfield Ragland (32) and Devin Gray (30) combined for 62 against Charleston Southern in the 1993-94 season at Charleston. You have to go back nearly 30 years to find the last time Clemson’s starting backcourt combined for 55 points in a single game. On January 10, 1970, Butch Zatezalo (30) and Dave Thomas (25), (not the Wendy’s owner), combined for 55 in a game against Virginia.
The 55 points by Clemson’s starting backcourt at Penn State two years ago was just the third time in the last 30 years that the starting guards had reached even 50 points. Vincent Hamilton (27) and Glenn Corbett (23) combined for 50 against Appalachian State in 1984-85, and Skip Wise (38) and Van Gregg (16) combined for 54 against Pennsylvania in 1974-75.
A key to the Clemson loss at Penn State two years ago was turnover margin. Clemson committed 19, while Penn State had just nine offensively. Clemson won the battle of the boards 44-31, but still lost by 10 points. Scott is the only active Tiger who played in that game in 1999 at Penn State. Ray Henderson missed the game with an injury.
2002-03 Season Review Clemson Downs High Point Clemson placed six players in double figures for the first time in nearly eight years, and made 9-20 three-point shots, leading to a 91-65 victory over High Point at the Greensboro Coliseum on November 27, 2002. Clemson had six players score between 10 and 14 points, including 14 by point guard Edward Scott, who registered his seventh career double-double.
The balance was also demonstrated in the three-point goal category as four different players made two three-point goals and four different players had at least six rebounds. Head Coach Larry Shyatt’s had nine different players play at least a dozen minutes.
Scott led the way with 14 points, 10 assists and just two turnovers, while Sharrod Ford added13 points and seven rebounds in just 18 minutes. Chey Christie added 12 points apiece, while Olu Babalola and Shawan Robinson scored 10 apiece. Babalola scored 10 in the first half, while Robinson scored his 10 in the second half.
Freshman Akin Akingbala was also impressive with eight points and six rebounds in just 13 minutes. He made all three of his field goal attempts.
Clemson was outstanding in all three shooting areas. Clemson made 55 percent of its shots from the field, 45 percent from three-point land and 72.7 from the foul line. It was the first time in 17 games that Clemson had shot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent on three-point shots and 70 percent from the foul line in the same game.
Clemson jumped out to a 32-16 lead within the first 13 minutes of the game and never looked back. The Tigers held a 17-point lead at intermission thanks to 10 points from Babalola, who made a pair of three-point goals. He made just two three-point goals his entire freshman year. Sharrod Ford added nine points on 4-4 field goal shooting.
Clemson ran the lead to 20 points at 54-34 by the first media timeout of the second half, and held a 30-point margin at 90-60 with 1:50 left.
Clemson Opens with a Victory over Wofford Clemson opened its 2002-03 season with a 79-72 victory over Wofford on November 24 at The Civic Center of Anderson. Clemson is playing its November and December games in Anderson while renovations to Littlejohn Coliseum are completed.
Chris Hobbs both scored 19 points to lead Clemson, while Sharrod Ford, making his first career start, had 12 points and eight rebounds. Hobbs was especially efficient, scoring 19 points in just 19 minutes. He also contributed eight total rebounds, seven of which were offensive.
Ray Henderson came off the bench to pull down a team best 12 rebounds, as Clemson won the battle of the boards 46-35. The total included 21 offensive rebounds. Clemson also did a good job in taking care of the basketball. Clemson had just 11 turnovers in the entire game and forced 16.
Wofford stayed in the game thanks to outstanding three-point shooting, something they have accomplished against Clemson in recent years. The Terriers made 10-23 three-point shots, while Clemson made just 1-9. Over the last two years, Wofford has now outscored Clemson 75-9 from three-point land.
Clemson was impressive in the first half and held a 49-34 lead. Ford and Scott led the way before intermission with 11 points apiece. Clemson had a +9 margin on the boards and made 54 percent of its shots (20-37), and committed just four turnovers.
Clemson extended the lead to 52-34 at the opening of the second half before Wofford made a strong run. They connected on four three-point goals over the next seven minutes to cut the margin to 56-52 with 13:40 left. The margin switched back and forth from four points to nine points the rest of the way. Wofford cut the margin to 74-69 with 1:48 left, but Chris Hobbs scored on a layup off a feed from Sharrod Ford, and Edward Scott and Chey Christie both made four shots inside the last 30 seconds to secure the victory for the Tigers.
For the game, Clemson held Wofford to 39 percent shooting overall, but the Terriers did made 43.5 percent from three-point land, 10-23. Clemson shot just 62.5 percent from the line, but did make more free throws than Wofford attempted. Clemson has now won seven of its last nine games in that situation over two years.
Clemson Postmen Deliver Clemson’s front line was ranked 10th best in the nation by Lindy’s Preseason Magazine. So far this year the group has done nothing to hurt its ranking. Clemson’s four post players are 32-47 from the field so far this season, 68.1 percent. Chris Hobbs, who has played just 40 minutes in the first two games, is 9-12 from the field, 75 percent. Sharrod Ford has the most made field goals among the group and is 11-17 for .647. Ray Henderson is 9-15 for 60 percent, while freshman Akin Akingbala is 3-3.
The group also has a lot to do with Clemson’s +10.5 rebound margin so far this season. Clemson has won the rebounding battle by double digits in each of its first two games. Clemson also has a 34-27 lead in offensive rebounds, quite a statement considering Clemson is shooting 51 percent from the field as a team, so there aren’t as many offensive rebounds to be had. Chris Hobbs all average at least 7.0 rebounds per game.
Ray Henderson has been a force from a defensive standpoint. The senior co-captain has eight blocked shots in just two games. He has tied his career high each game. He had just 58 career blocks in 84 career games entering this season. He led the team with 36 blocks last year.
Hobbs Likes Playing vs. Big Ten Clemson power forward Chris Hobbs has the build for one of the classic big men in the physical Big Ten. The second coming of Clark Kellogg? At 6-7 and 255 pounds he also has the mobility to create his own shot on the inside.
Hobbs has shown his ability in two games against Big Ten teams in his career. He has recorded double-doubles in each of the last two ACC vs. Big Ten Challenges. Against Northwestern as a freshman, Hobbs had 13 points and 10 rebounds in a Clemson 13-point victory. Last year at Penn State he had 17 points and 10 rebounds, helping Clemson to another 13-point win. In two games vs. Big Ten teams, Hobbs has 30 points and 20 rebounds and has shot 10-18 from the field.
Six Active Tigers Played vs. Penn State last year Six players on Clemson’s roster for this Tuesday night’s game played against the Nittany Lions last year. The group includes three double figure scorers from last year’s game. Chris Hobbs had 17 points and 10 rebounds last year at State College, while Chey Christie had 16 points and made 5-8 shots from the field. The 16 points are the second highest scoring game of Christie’s career.
Sharrod Ford had his first career double figure scoring game against Penn State last year when he scored 10, while Olu Babalola had four points in 14 minutes off the bench. His defensive presence helped turn a 10-point deficit into a 13-point victory in the second half. Ray Henderson got into foul trouble a year ago and played just11 minutes. He did not play three years ago against Penn State due to a knee injury.
Edward Scott had eight points, nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals in going the distance at Penn State last year. Scott has played very well against Penn State in two games. The senior also played at Penn State as a freshman in 1999-00 and scored a season high 18 points. For his career, Scott has 28 points, 11 assists and 13 rebounds in two games against Penn State.
Scott Ties Clemson Career Record Clemson guard Edward Scott tied a Clemson career record when he recorded his seventh career double-double with assists in the victory over High Point. Scott had six double-doubles last year as a junior, five with assists and points and one with assists and rebounds (vs. Yale).
The 14 points and 10 assists against High Point gave Scott seven career double-doubles with assists, tying Grayson Marshall for the all-time lead in that area. Marshall, Clemson’s career leader in assists, had seven between 1984-88.
Overall, the performance against High Point was the eighth double figure assist game of Scott’s career. He is second in Clemson history in that area, but has a long way to go to catch Marshall, who had 25 double figure assist games.
Clemson Shows Balance Clemson showed scoring balance in its 91-65 win over High Point on November 27. Six different Clemson players scored in double figures, the first time that has happened since November 29, 1994.
In the win over High Point, Edward Scott led the way with 14 points, while Sharrod Ford added 13, his career high. Ray Henderson and Chey Christie scored 12 apiece, while Olu Babalola and Shawan Robinson each scored a career high 10.
The last time Clemson had six double figure scorers was on November 29, 1994, the first game of the Rick Barnes era. That night, Merl Code (17), Devin Gray (16), Bruce Martin (16), Andy Kelly (15), Rayfield Ragland (11) and Greg Buckner (10), all scored in double figures in a 96-66 win over Charleston Southern. Martin is now an assistant AD for basketball operations with the Clemson program. It was also the first game Larry Shyatt’s coached at Clemson, as he was an assistant on Barnes staff.
Tigers Look for First 3-0 Start since 1998-99 Clemson will be seeking its first 3-0 start since the 1998-99 season when the Tigers meet Penn State on Tuesday. Clemson has won its first game 18 years in a row and that streak was continued with the win over Wofford to open the season. Clemson then downed High Point in the second game by 26. But, Clemson has stumbled in the second or third game each of the last three years.
The last time Clemson opened 3-0 was 1998-99, Larry Shyatt’s first year when Clemson went on to a 20-win season. Clemson lost the fourth game of the year to Michigan, at the Maui Classic, then won eight more in a row to open 11-1 that season.
The Clemson record for consecutive wins to open a season is 17, set by the Horace Grant led 1986-87 Tiger team that finished with a school record 25 victories. Duke ended that streak, which is also the longest winning streak in Clemson history at any juncture during a season.
Positive Factors Contribute to Clemson’s 2-0 Start Here are some positive factors that have contributed to Clemson’s 2-0 start: *Starting backcourt of Chey Christie have a combined assist/turnover ratio of 23/4. Scott stands at 16/4 and Christie has seven assists without a turnover in 60 minutes. *Clemson freshmen are a combined 10-16 from the field, .625. *Clemson is shooting 51 percent from the field as a team. Eight different players are shooting 50 percent or better. *Clemson has a +10.5 rebound margin, including a +7 margin in offensive rebounds over the two games. *Clemson has almost made more free throws than its opponents have attempted. Clemson has made 36 and the opposition has attempted 39. *Clemson has gotten off to a good start in each game. In fact, Clemson has held the lead by six points at the first media timeout in each game. Clemson has not trailed in the 80 minutes played so far this season.
Clemson Has Some Experience In the last three years, Clemson has been “behind the curve” when it comes to experience when compared to other ACC teams. Clemson has had just one senior on its roster each of the last three years.
This year, Clemson has three senior scholarship players and two other recruited walk-on seniors who have seen significant playing time over the years. That should give Clemson a leg up in many areas in the league that has just 19 returning starters among the nine clubs. Clemson has six of its top eight scorers and rebounders returning from last year and 10 lettermen overall. As you can see by the charts below, Clemson has the highest percentage of its points and rebounds returning from last year.
Percentage of Scoring Returning for 2002-03 Rk School % 1. Clemson 64.1 2. NC State 62.7 3. Georgia Tech 57.5 4. Virginia 44.8 5. Wake Forest 37.4 6. North Carolina 37.3 7. Florida State 34.7 8. Duke 34.2 9. Maryland 31.2
Percent of Rebounding Returning for 2002-03 Rk School % 1. Clemson 79.9 2. NC State 77.9 3. Georgia Tech 68.8 4. Virginia 56.5 5. Wake Forest 50.6 6. Florida State 50.4 7. Duke 43.1 8. North Carolina 40.5 9. Maryland 39.6
Nagys to Miss First Eight Games of Season Clemson forward Tomas Nagys will miss the first eight games of the 2002-03 season due to his involvement in an NCAA secondary violation. The senior from Lithuania will play his first game against Coastal Carolina on December 31, 2002.
The action was taken as a result of his use of an athletic staff member’s long distance telephone access code. He used the code without permission to make phone calls over several months earlier this year. As part of his condition for reinstatement, Nagys has repaid the value of the phone calls.
“I regret that this happened,” said Nagys. “All of the phone calls were made to my family in Lithuania. We had some family issues that needed to be addressed. I accept the NCAA’s ruling and look forward to rejoining our team on December 31.” Nagys is permitted to practice with the Tigers during the period he will be held out of games.
“We regret that this situation has occurred,” said Clemson Head Coach Larry Shyatt’s. “We have addressed it with the NCAA and taken corrective action for these secondary violations. The NCAA has accepted our findings. This is now behind us. What is in front of us is a senior who needs just four hours in the spring semester to graduate with his class. He will have a very positive impact on our team on and off the floor this year.”
Nagys is a veteran of 83 games in his Clemson career, nine as a starter. He averaged 4.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last year when he played in all 30 games as a reserve. One of three scholarship seniors on the Clemson team this year, he finished his junior season with an 18-point, nine-rebound performance against Florida State in the ACC Tournament in Charlotte.
Hamilton, Hudson Sign with Clemson November 13, 2002 Vernon Hamilton, a 5-11 guard from Richmond, VA and Jimmy Hudson, a 6-4 guard from Eustis, FL, have signed a national letter-of-intent with the Clemson men’s basketball program. Head Coach Larry Shyatt’s made the announcement November 13, the first day of the fall National signing period.
Hamilton, a senior at Benedictine High in Richmond, averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists per game last season. He was an all-state selection and is ranked among the top 100 players in the nation by Hoop Scoop and Prep Spotlight. He also was named all-regional as a junior and sophomore. He is also an outstanding football player at Benedictine High and has been ranked among the top receivers in the nation.
“Vernon Hamilton is a pure point guard, much in the same mold as Edward Scott,” said Shyatt, who will lose his four-year starter at point guard after this season. “We will have a lot of perimeter players back next year, but certainly will be looking for a replacement for Edward. He handles the ball well and we are looking forward to him joining our program.”
Hudson is a combination guard who averaged 13.9 points per game last year as a junior at Eustis High School. He had just 13 turnovers for the entire season, shot 81 percent from the foul line and 42 percent from three-point land. He was a second-team all-state choice as a sophomore and junior.
“Jimmy is a combination guard who will be able to handle both positions with experience. He caught our eye last spring at a tournament in Houston. All our coaches were impressed with the way he handles himself on the court, especially in pressure situations. He had just 13 turnovers all season and that says a lot about his game.”
Lindy’s Magazine Ranks Three Tigers Lindy’s preseason magazine must feel Clemson will have a good season in 2002-03. The publication ranked three different Clemson players among the top 20 players in the nation by position. Clemson was the only ACC team to have three different players in the rankings. The publication ranked 20 players at each of the five positions, meaning Clemson is the only ACC team with three top 100 players according to Lindy’s. None of the three were top 100 players coming out of high school.
Edward Scott, named the top playrmaker in the ACC by Lindy’s, is ranked as the eighth best point guard in the nation according to the publication, while teammate Ray Henderson is ranked 19th among centers. Chris Hobbs, a junior forward, is ranked 18th in the nation among power forwards. Scott was also named first-team All-ACC by Lindy’s and was a second-team preseason all-conference choice by the ACC media at Operation Basketball in November.
Lindy’s Magazine’s Nation’s Top Point Guards
Name Hgt Cl. School 1. JasonGardner 5-10 Sr. Arizona 2. Brandin Knight 6-0 Sr. Pittsburgh 3.Kirk Hinrich 6-4 Sr. Kansas 4. Hollis Price 6-1 Sr. Oklahoma 5.Luke Ridnour 6-2 Jr. Oregon 6. T.J. Ford 5-11 So. Texas 7. ChrisThomas 6-1 So. Notre Dame 8. Edward Scott 6-2 Sr. Clemson 9. ChrisDuhon 6-1 Jr. Duke 10. Derrick Zimmerman 6-2 Sr. Mississippi State
Family Affair The name Shyatt is prevalent in the Clemson program this year. Head Coach Larry Shyatt’s enjoys the presence of his son Geoff on the Clemson roster and son Jeremy, who played in 1999-00 as a freshman, is now a manager. We have never found an instance of two sons being affiliated with a Clemson sports program on a team coached by their father in Clemson history. It may be a first in ACC history.
We do have examples of coaches producing athletic sons at Clemson this year. Brad Scott’s son Jeff is a senior on the Clemson football team, while another son, John, is a freshman football player at Harvard. Line coach Ron West has a son who had over 70 tackles as a freshman linebacker at Appalachian State, while Jack Hines has a son who played quarterback this year at UT-Martin. Jack Leggett’s son will red-shirt this year as a member of the Clemson baseball team.
Historically, Clemson has had an instance of sons of head coaches being outstanding players. Press Maravich was the head coach at Clemson from 1956-62. His son was Pistol Pete Maravich, the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history. Unfortunately for the Clemson basketball history, he played for his dad at LSU, not Clemson.
Hobbs, Henderson in Top 10 in Field Goal Percentage Clemson power forward Chris Hobbs has been consistent when it comes to field goal percentage over his career. He shot 56.6 percent as a freshman and was at 54.4 percent as a sophomore. For his career he has made 210 of 377 attempts, a 55.7 figure. That includes a 7-10 outing in the season opener against Wofford and a 9-12 figure for two games this year.
Clemson’s all-time list for field goal percentage requires 200 made field goals, so he has just recently qualified. His 55.7 figure is sixth in Clemson history, just behind Elden Campbell and just ahead of Murray Jarman. The only other players ahead of Hobbs currently are Harold Jamison, Horace Grant, Dale Davis and John Campbell.
Ray Henderson, Hobbs runningmate up front, is also on the top 10 list. His 5-6 shooting effort at High Point moved him ahead of all-time great Tree Rollins. Henderson is now at 54.2 for his career, while Rollins finished at 53.9
The list below does not include sophomore Sharrod Ford, who has just attempted 116 shots in his career. But, he has 71 of them for a 61.2 figure, a percentage that would be a Clemson record if he had enough made field goals. He is far away from qualifying, but he is certainly off to a good start.
Clemson Career Field Goal Percentage Leaders (Minimum 200 Made)
Yrs Yrs FGM FGA PctHarold Jamison 4 1995-99 454 746 .6086 Horace Grant 4 1983-87 6601104 .5978 Dale Davis 4 1987-91 633 1076 .5882 John Campbell 41977-80 283 501 .5649 Elden Campbell 4 1986-90 754 1342 .5618 ChrisHobbs 2 2000-Pr 210 377 .5570 Murray Jarman 4 1980-84 242 440 .5500Jerry Pryor 4 1985-89 452 825 .5479 Devin Gray 4 1991-95 542 993.5458 Ray Henderson 3 2000-Pr 208 384 .5417 Tree Rollins 4 1973-77643 1192 .5394
Scott Seventh Among Active Seniors in Assists/Game Heading into his season Clemson senior Edward Scott was seventh in the nation among active seniors in assists/game. He does not lead the ACC in that area, however, as Steven Blake of Maryland is tops in that category with a 7.0 average. Blake has 751 assists in 107 games, more total assists than any active player in Division I. Scott has 434 career assists entering this year in 84 career games. Scott is eighth in total assists and seventh in assists/game among active players in Division I.
Most Assists Per Game/Active Players
Player School GP Ast A/G1. Steven Blake Maryland 107 751 7.0 2. Elliott Prausse-FreemanHarvard 79 498 6.3 3. Brandin Knight Pittsburgh 94 576 6.1 4.Guilherme Da Luz Furman 89 519 5.8 5. Marquis Sykes Morehead St. 84442 5.3 6. Kirk Hinrich Kansas 104 538 5.2 7. EdwardScott Clemson 84 434 5.2 8. DavidBailey Loyola (IL) 86 422 4.9 9. Reggie Kohn SouthFlorida 94 4544.8 10. Ravii Givens Stetson 80 381 4.8
Scott Moves to Fourth on Clemson Assist List Clemson senior guard Edward Scott now has 450 assists for his career, fourth best in Clemson history. He opened the season with six assists and just two turnovers in the win over Wofford and added 10 against just two turnovers against Wofford.
Scott had seven games of double figures in assists and 18 with eight or more as a junior, including nine of the last 13. That included the win over Wake Forest when he had a career-high 16 assists. That was one of the top five single game performances in the nation last year. That set a Clemson record for an ACC game and ranked in a tie for third best in Clemson history for a single game. It was the high total by a Tiger since the 1985-86 season when Grayson Marshall had a record 20 assists against Maryland-Eastern Shore.
It marked just the second game in ACC history a player had at least 30 points and 15 assists in the same game. Kenny Anderson had 32 points and 18 assists against Pittsburgh on Dec. 28, 1989.
Scott was improved in a number of areas last year, including scoring. He averaged 11.9 points a game for the year and had seven 20-point scoring nights, the first seven of his career. That included two 30-point games. He netted 20 points, including a career high five three-point goals, in a loss at #3 Maryland, then had 20 on 10 field goals against #1 Duke two weeks later. His top game was against Florida State when he scored 36 on Feb. 23.
“Edward Scott was terrific,” said Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski. “He really did a good job pushing the ball up. Obviously (Tony) Stockman made a lot of shots, but I really admire what Scott did tonight.” of the 16 ACC games. He had a streak of 14 straight games at one point this year. Ironically, the streak was broken in his 36-point effort against Florida State on Feb. 23. He has now had more assists than turnovers in 35 of his last 38 games.
Scott had 25 points on 8-12 shooting in the win over LaSalle in The Virgin Islands in the second game of the year, and had 21 points and 11 assists in a victory over Elon. That was the first time since the 1998-99 season that any Clemson player had 20 points and double figures in assists in the same game. He had 17 against Virginia on January 8, his career high against an ACC opponent.
And, Scott’s rebound average of 4.9 was the best for a Clemson point guard since Choppy Patterson had a 5.0 average as the point guard in 1959-60. Scott ranked 19th in the ACC in rebounding, second best among guards behind NC State’s Anthony Grundy.
Eight times in 2001-02, Scott had at least six rebounds, assists and points in the same game, including the Maryland game of Jan. 20 when he had 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Clemson Career Leaders in Assists/Game
Name Yrs Years Ast GPA/G 1. Grayson Marshall 4 1984-88 857 122 7.02 2. ChrisWhitney 2 1991-93 354 58 6.10 3. Marion Cash 2 1988-90 335 64 5.2344. Edward Scott 3 1999-02 450 86 5.232 5. Terrell McIntyre 41995-99 577 126 4.58 6. Derrick Johnson 4 1975-79 476 111 4.29 7.Lou Richie 2 1992-94 239 57 4.19 8. Chris Dodds 3 1979-82 325 833.92 9. Mike Eppley 4 1980-84 268 69 3.88 10. David Young 4 1988-92330 97 3.40
Clemson Career Leaders in Total Assists
Name Yrs Years GP A/GAst 1. Grayson Marshall 4 1984-88 122 7.02 857 2. TerrellMcIntyre 4 1995-99 126 4.58 577 3. Derrick Johnson 4 1975-79 1114.29 476 4. Edward Scott 3 1999-02 86 5.23 450 5. Bobby Conrad 41076-80 116 3.47 402 6. Marc Campbell 4 1980-84 106 3.43 364 7.Chris Whitney 2 1991-93 58 6.10 354 8. Vincent Hamilton 5 1980-85116 2.91 337 9. Marion Cash 2 1988-90 64 6.23 335
Tigers in the NBA in 2002-03 Clemson had five former players on NBA rosters in 2002-03, one of the top 20 figures in college basketball. Four of the five played on teams that participated in the NBA Playoffs.
Dale Davis (Portland Trailblazers) ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive rebounds and was 14th in overall in rebounding in 2001-02. The only Tiger basketball player in the Clemson Ring of Honor shot 70.8 percent from the foul line, a career best, and he went over 7000 points, 7000 rebounds and 1000 career blocked shots in 2001-02. He had 23 double-doubles in 2001-02, 28th best total in the NBA.
Horace Grant (Orlando Magic) finished his 14th NBA regular season in 2001-02. He has now played 1105 games, 1026 as a starter. He now has 12,747 career points and 9,202 career rebounds, more than any other former Clemson player in the NBA. He started 76 of the 82 games for Orlando last year and shot 51.3 percent from the field, the 12th time in his career he has shot at least 50 percent from the field. He is a .511 career field goal percentage shooter and owns four NBA World Championship Rings.
Elden Campbell (New Orleans Hornets) ranked 19th in the NBA in blocked shots in 2001-02. His 13.9 scoring average was his best since the 1996-97 season and his .484 field goal percentage was his best since shooting a career best .503 in 1995-96. He enters 2002-03 just 19 points short of 10,000 for his career. He shot .797 from the foul line, also a career best, and scored at least 20 points in 16 games and had 15 double-doubles.
Greg Buckner (Philadelphia Eagles) had an injury-plagued season and played just 44 games, including just one game in December and just two in February. He was in the starting lineup 16 times, however. The four-year Clemson starter shot a career-best .525 from the field and also hit nearly 70 percent from the foul line. He is now shooting 48 percent from the field and 70.3 percent from the foul line for his career.
Chris Whitney (Denver Nuggets) had his finest year as a professional, scoring a career best 10.2 points per game for the Washington Wizards. The former Clemson junior college transfer also shot 88 percent from the foul line, seventh best in the NBA. He was fourth in the league in assist/turnover ratio (3.69) and was 20th in total three-point goals made with 133. He is now a .878 career free throw shooter and needs just six three-point goals next year to reach 500 for his career.
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