November 25, 1998
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) – It’s been a bumpy stay for Clemson in Hawaii.
The Tigers came to the Maui Invitational ranked No. 22, but were knocked into the consolation bracket on opening night by Michigan and then had to hang on to edge host Chaminade, a Division II team, the following day.
On Wednesday, they put it all together.
“I think there was a pattern of consistency,” coach Larry Shyatt said of his team’s dominant performance over Kansas State, 79-45, on Wednesday.
“It would probably be the best game without looking at the tape. In the heart of the game, both on offense and defense, we were in the essence of the word ‘team.’
“Our balance was excellent both on offense and defense. We had great balance in terms of our intensity at the guard position and we showed that same passion on the interior.”
Terrell McIntyre scored eight points during a 16-0 first run to lead the runaway. By the end of the run it was 30-13 and at the half, 40-19 – Kansas State’s lowest first half output in two years.
McIntyre, who finished with 13 points, highlighted the spurt with a pair 3-pointers. Vincent Whitt also made a major contribution from the bench, making all five of his shots and getting six rebounds.
Whitt finished with 12 points, with Harold Jamison and Adam Allenspach each getting 10.
Meanwhile, Kansas State coach Tom Asbury fumed about his team’s play.
“I’m just displeased about everything,” he said. “We got domolished on the boards. Nobody in America should demolish us on the boards. Nobody in America should beat us like that. We have a better basketball team than that.
“I think we thought the tournament ended yesterday. We sprained our wrists patting ourselves on the back and forgot we had another day. We missed some easy shots. We got careless defensively. We need to execute better. This is a message that we need to show up every night.”
The Tigers not only outshot the Wildcats, but also dominated in other phases of the game.
Clemson made 29-of-54 (54 percent) field goals, while the Wildcats went 14-of-49 (29 percent). On the boards, it was a 42-26 Clemson advantage, with Whitt and another reserve, Chucky Gilmore, getting seven and six, respectively.
KState also added to its woes by committing 16 turnovers with the Tigers getting nine steals. They led to 26 points off turnovers and 12 second chance points.
Ten of Clemson’s scored in the game and 11 had rebounds.
For the Wildcats, Josh Reid had 14 points and Manny Dies 10. The two combined for five baskets in 16 attempts, while their teammates were a combined 5-for-33.
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