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Clemson Vs. East Tennessee State Notes

Clemson Vs. East Tennessee State Notes

Dec. 14, 2003

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This will be the first time Clemson has faced a Murry Bartowcoached team, but the Tigers have faced Bartow’s father. GeneBartow, Murry’s father, was the head coach at UAB in 1992-93 whenthe Blazers defeated Clemson 65-64 in the second round of the NITin Birmingham, AL Clemson has a 4-0 lead in the series with EastTennessee State. Clemson won the last meeting in the season openerof 1999-00, a 77-47 Clemson victory. Will Solomon led the Tigerswith 21 points. Clemson also gained victory in 1973-74, 1985-86 and1998-99. The closest ETSU has come to beating Clemson came in thefirst meeting, a 73-65 score in a game played at Clemson on 2-6-74.ETSU is 5-1 so far this season after winning 8 of its last 10 toclose the 2002-03 season. That means ETSU has won 13 of its last 16games. It lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last yearto Wake Forest, 76-73. In its most recent game all five startersscored in double figures for the Bucs, including 30 points by ZakeeWadood. ETSU defeated Georgia Southern, 91-85 on 12-6–03. Clemsonhas lost each of its last three games, to Purdue, South Carolinaand Georgia. Clemson made a season high seven three-point goals inthe game against Georgia. Clemson has outshot the opposition fromthe field, 47 percent to 40 percent, and made 12 more field goalsthan the opposition. Additionally, Clemson has made eight more freethrows. But, Clemson has scored 18 fewer three-point goals and hasmade just .287 of its three point shots. ETSU has made just 30.5percent of its three-point goals so far this year, but has made 117free throws compared to just 98 attempts for its opponents. Clemsonhas won eight straight games against Southern Conference teams,including seven in a row since current senior Chris Hobbs came toClemson. Clemson last lost to a Southern Conference team inFebruary of 2000 when Appalachian State and coach Buzz Petersondefeated the Tigers 72-60. Clemson is 1-0 so far this year againstthe Southern Conference, a victory over Wofford. Chey Christie iscoming off a 24-point outing against Georgia on Saturday. It was hesecond highest scoring game of his career. The only game that isbetter is a 25-point outing against Georgia Tech last year. TheGeorgia game was his third career 20-point scoring contest. LamarRice also had a career high (14) against Georgia. Both players hadthree threepoint goals, most by a Tiger in a game this year.Clemson and ETSU will play a doubleheader on Monday. The twowomen’s teams will play at 5:00 PM at Littlejohn Coliseum.