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Men’s Basketball Prepares for Florida State

January 11, 1999

Jamison Putting Up Dale Davis-Like Stats Harold Jamison has been a power underneath the basketball for Clemson all season, but he has been especially effective in the last six games. During that period of time he has averaged 15.8 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. He had a career high 25 points in the victory over NC State on January 5th, shooting 10-12 from the field. Last week, Jamison was 14-16 from the field and has a streak of 10 straight made field goals heading into the Florida State game of January 12th.

Jamison has been pulling down rebounds with the proficiency of former Tigers Dale Davis and Sharone Wright, a pair of first round draft choices this decade. He had 12 rebounds at North Carolina on January 2, giving him three straight double digit rebound performances and 45 total rebounds over three games. He was the first Tiger to have three straight double figure rebounds games since the 1993-94 season when Wright had five straight.

Jamison, with Davis watching in person, had 17 rebounds against Illinois, seven offensive and 10 defensive. That was the most rebounds by a Tiger since Jamison had 19 against Marshall in 1996-97.

Harold Jamison had 16 points and 16 rebounds against Furman. It was the first time since the 1993-94 season that a Clemson player had at least 16 points and 16 rebounds in the same game. Sharone Wright had 22 points and 18 rebounds against UT Arlington in the first game of 1993-94.

Jamison seemingly pulled in every rebound for Clemson in an eight-minute spurt in the first half against Furman. It reminded some of a game in Dale Davis’s sophomore year against North Carolina. Davis grabbed every rebound for the Tigers in a 10 minute segment in the first half on the way to a 21-rebound performance against the Tar Heels in a Clemson victory.

Jamison has increased his scoring average to a career best 13.3 points per game, including 17 a game in the three ACC contests. He now has 997 career points and needs just 3 to reach the 1000 mark. He also has 99 career dunks, including 26 this season and 11 in the last 3 games. The Clemson record for career dunks is 160 by Elden Campbell. The season record is 55 by Larry Nance in 1980-81.

McIntyre, Langdon In Top 10 of Shooting Areas Clemson guard Terrell McIntyre and Duke guard Trajan Langdon are both ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in all three of the shooting areas, overall field goal, three-point goal and free throw. Heading into the weekend, McIntyre was seventh in field goal percentage, second in three-point goal percentage and sixth in free throw shooting in the ACC data. Langdon was ninth in field goal percentage, and leads the league in three-point shooting and free throw shooting. Both should still be in the top 10 in all areas.

Ranking in the top 10 in the league in all three areas in the same year is unusual. In fact, only six players over the 13 seasons of the three-point goal have finished an ACC season ranked in the top 10 in all three areas. Three of the six players did it in one year, 1995-96. Shammond Williams of North Carolina was the only one to do it last year.

McIntyre is shooting over 50 percent from the field, over 40 from behind the arc and over 80 percent from the foul line through 15 games. He is the only ACC player to surpass these minimums in all three areas this year (given a minimum of 5 field goals per game, 1.5 made three point goals per game and 2.5 made free throws per game). Christian Laettner of Duke in 1991-92 is the only player in ACC history to exceed those minimums on all three areas in the same year. Laettner shot 57.5 percent from the field, 81.5 percent from the line and 55.7 on three-point shots in leading Duke to the National title that year.

Shooting over 50 percent from the field for a guard is almost unheard of these days. Greg Buckner (.537) is the only Clemson guard to do it in the decade of the 1990s. In fact, since the three-point goal was added to the landscape of college basketball for the 1986-87 season, Michael Tait is the only other guard.

ACC Players Ranked in top 10 of Shooting Categories Same Season (Since 1986-87/ Min 5 made fg/g; min 2.5 ft/g; min 1.5 3pt goals/g)

Player              School    Year     FG%          FT%          3Pt %Chris Corchiani     NC State  1990-91  10th (.466)  3rd (.822)   7th (.378)Christian Laettner  Duke      1991-92  4th (.575)   3rd (.815)   1st (.557)Jeff McInnis        UNC       1995-96  10th (.435)  3rd (.800)   9th (.392)Chris Collins       Duke      1995-96  7th (.467)   10th (.722)  4th (.441)Matt Harpring       Geo Tech  1995-96  3rd (.510)   7th (.762)   5th (.429)Trajan Langdon      Duke      1998-99  9th (.472)   1st (.921)   1st (.481)Terrell McIntyre    Clemson   1998-99  7th (.506)   6th (.833)   2nd (.447)

Offensive Improves vs. N C State Clemson struggled offensively in consecutive losses to Illinois and North Carolina. The Tigers lost those games by 17 and 16 points, respectively. In the contests combined, Clemson was just 39-113 from the field (.345) and 8-39 on three-point shots (.205). Clemson also had 33 turnovers in those two games and shot just 17-30 from the foul line.

But, against NC State the Tigers responded with 56.6 percent shooting, its second highest percentage of the year. Clemson made 10 of its first 11 shots of the second half and shot 70 percent for the half. The Tigers also had just 14 turnovers and forced 18. Larry Shyatt’s team was especially proficient on the inside, as Clemson players made 23-30 shots from the paint.

The 56.6 percent shooting was the best by the Tigers in a conference games since Clemson shot 57.4 at NC State last year. In fact, over the last 19 regular season conference games, Clemson has exceeded 50 percent from the field just five times and three of those games have been against NC State.

Clemson 80, NC State 72 Harold Jamison scored a career high 25 points and Terrell McIntyre added 22 points leading Clemson to a 80-72 victory over NC State at Littlejohn Coliseum. The victory ended a two-game losing streak and it was the first ACC victory for Larry Shyatt. Clemson shot 56.6 percent from the field for the game, including 70 percent in the second half. Kenny Inge led NC State with 17 points and 11 rebounds. The sophomore hit 7-7 shots from the field.

Clemson picked apart NC State’s man-to-man defense in the first 10 minutes of the contest. The Tigers led 23-7 at the 11-minut mark, as Harold Jamison had three consecutive dunks to key the spurt. Adam Allenspach also had an outstanding first half with seven points in 10 minutes.

NC State cut the lead to nine with 1:31 left in the half. Terrell McIntyre then went on a scoring spree, hitting eight points in the last minute before intermission, giving Clemson a 43-28 lead. Clemson led by 18 eaerly in the second half and kept a double digit margin throughout. The Tigers hit 10 of their first 11 shots of the second half, yet saw the margin shrink to nine points behind the play of NC State’s Justin Gainey, who had 16 points in the second half.

The Pack closed the lead to seven in the final minute, but McIntyre scored seven points in the final three minutes and captured an eight-point win. The two teams were even on the boards 29-29 and both teams had 12 offensive rebounds.

Johnny Miller and Tom Wideman were also big in Clemson’s win. Miller had a career high 10 assists and scored six points, while Wideman had his first double-double of the season, 11 points and a game high 12 rebounds. McIntyre hit 4-7 three-point shots, the only Tiger to make a three-point goal in the contest.

Wake Forest 64, Clemson 61 Clemson won the rebound margin and the turnover margin and made four more free throws, yet suffered a three-point loss to Wake Forest on January 9th. Clemson’s defense allowed Wake Forest to score on nine of 10 possessions down the stretch and the Tigers shot 38.3 percent from the field for the game, as Wake Forest upset Clemson, 64-61.

Clemson was led in scoring by Terrell McIntyre, who had 24 points and four assists against just one turnover. He was 3-5 from three-point range and11-12 from the line, but he was the only Tiger who was very effective on offense. Harold Jamison, who was coming off a 25-point effort against NC State, got just four shots from the field. He made all four, but scored just nine points and had eight rebounds. Vincent Whitt and Andrius Jurkunas had 11 points apiece for the Tigers.

Wake Forest was led by Robert O’Kelley with 18 points, including 16 in the second half when he made four three-point goals. Ervin Murray scored 11 points and Rafael Vidaurreta had 10 points and nine rebounds. Wake Forest shot 50 percent from the field for the game, including 57 percent in the second half.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first half. The Tigers had a 25-19 lead with just a few seconds to go before halftime when Craig Dawson hit a three-pointer with just two seconds left. That gave Wake Forest momentum heading into the locker room. Wake took a 28-27 in the first few minutes of the second half. Clemson took it back at 32-31 when Dave Odom was hit with a technical foul. But, Clemson scored just one point on the opportunity. Wake immediately took a 38-33 lead on a three-point goal by O’Kelley.

Clemson cut the lead to one twice in the last minute, but could not get any closer. Both teams converted offensively down the stetch. Clemson actually scored 24 points in the last 7:47 of the game. The Tigers were 4-5 from the field inside the last four minutes, but Wake Forest scored on nine of its last 10 possessions, including 4-4 from the foul line by Craig Dawson inside the last 30 seconds.

McIntyre Scored 46 Points Last Week Clemson split a pair of games last week, but it was not a split week for point guard Terrell McIntyre. The senior scored 46 points in two games, 22 in a victory over NC State and 24 in a three-point loss to Wake Forest. For the week, McIntyre made 13-24 shots from the field, 7-12 three-pointers and 13-15 from the foul line. That shooting certainly enhanced his ranking as one of just two players to rate in the top 10 i of the ACC in all three shooting areas.

It was a strong comeback for McIntyre, who had been troubled by a sprained left shoulder, an injury he suffered on December 26 against Furman. he was just 9-33 from the field and 2-16 on three-point shots in losses to Illinois and North Carolina. But, he was feeling much better last week and the performance was reflected on the stat sheet.

Jurkunas, Whitt Score 11 Apiece Clemson has been looking for a third scoring option all season. The Tigers have been relying on Terrell McIntyre and Harold Jamison, who both have scored over 13 points a game and combine for almost 30 points per game. No other Tiger has averaged over 7.5 points per game for the season.

In the game against Wake Forest, two Tigers scored 11 points to support McIntyre’s 24. Andrius Jurkunas scored 11 on 4-9 shooting and made a pair of three-point goals. Vincent Whitt also scored 11 points in the game and hit 4-10 from the field.

For Jurkunas, who missed all of last year with a knee injury, it was his first double figure scoring game in an ACC game since he had 12 against Wake Forest in the 1996 ACC Tournament. That was his freshman season. He later had a career high 19 points against Georgia in the NCAA Tournament that season. It was just his third double figure scoring game this year.

Whitt had been in a shooting slump and was 0-12 over his last two games before scoring 11 against Wake Forest. It was his sixth double figure scoring game this season, but he had scored just two points in the three games since we turned to 1999. he had been 11-18 from the field in wins over SC State and Furman around the Christmas Holidays.

Seniors Go for Third Straight at FSU Clemson’s seniors will be striving for its third straight win at Florida State. If Clemson can pull off the victory it would be just the fifth time in history that Clemson has beaten an ACC team on its home floor three straight times. The last time the Tigers have done this was 1994-96 when Clemson won at NC State three times in a row. The record is five in a row when Clemson won at Virginia from 1960-64. The other three-game road winning streaks on an opponents homecourt are at Georgia Tech (1980-82) and at Wake Forest (1975-77).

Clemson’s senior class has a 7-18 ACC road record so far. The record for ACC road wins by a senior class is 10, set by the seniors of 1977-78, who had 10 ACC road wins. The seniors of 1990 and 1998 had nine ACC road wins apiece. Thus ACC road wins this year would give this senior class a tie for the record.

A look at this senior class tells us that only Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest have winning records against Clemson over the last four years, regardless of site. Clemson’s seniors are 17-9 at home in ACC games, 7-18 on the road and 2-3 in the ACC tournament (neutral sites). That totals to 26-30. The Clemson record for wins over ACC teams in a four-year period is 32 by the Elden Campbell led 1990 group. That total includes 31 in regular season and one in the ACC Tournament.

Clemson’s Senior Class against the ACC

Opponent       Home  Away  Neut  TotalDuke            2-1  0-3   0-1   2-5Florida State   2-1  2-1   4-2Georgia Tech    3-0  1-2   4-2Maryland        3-0  1-2   0-1   4-3North Carolina  0-3  0-4   1-0   1-7NC State        2-2  2-1   4-3Virginia        3-0  1-2   4-2Wake Forest     2-2  0-3   1-1   3-6Totals         17-9  7-18  2-3  26-30

Clemson vs. Florida State Series This is just the 27th meeting between Clemson and Florida State. Florida State holds a 14-12 lead, but Clemson has won four of the last five, including two in a row at Florida State. Clemson played perhaps its top two games of the season in sweeping the Seminoles last year. Clemson defeated Florida State at Clemson 86-65 in its highest scoring ACC game of the season. The Tigers won the return game in Tallahassee, 78-49. The 29-point victory was Clemson’s largest margin of victory in history in an ACC road game.

The first meeting between the two teams was in 1952 in Jacksonville at the Gator Bowl Tournament. The Tigers came away with a 62-56 victory. Clemson won the first three games of the series, one at Jacksonville, one at Charlotte and one at Clemson.

The two teams played twice in 1960-61 and 1961-62. In the game at Clemson in 1962, the Tigers were victorious at Fike Fieldhouse, 75-69. In that game both coaches, Bud Kennedy of Florida State and Press Maravich of Clemson, sat side by side at midcourt while the game was in progress. Both coaches, who were good friends, had dinner together the night before the game in Clemson and decided to watch the game together. During timeouts they huddled with their team, then returned to their chairs at midcourt. Clemson beat a 15-8 Florida State team twice that season.

Since Florida State joined the ACC in 1991-92, the Seminoles have won 9 of 15 meetings. Clemson’s top victory might have come in the 1993 ACC Tournament when the Tigers were victorious over a 10th ranked Seminole team, 87-75. That victory, led by current NBA players Sharone Wright and Chris Whitney, broke a 27-game losing streak for the Tigers in the tournament as the lower seeded team.

Buckner in CBA Former Clemson star Greg Buckner, a big reason Clemson has won four of the last five against Florida State, is playing in the CBA with Grand Rapids. Buckner, the 53rd pick of the 1998 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavaricks, decided he needed to keep in shape, so he joined the CBA while the NBA was in its lockout. It is not known at this time if he will report to the Dallas training camp next week.

So far this year, Buckner has played all 24 Grand Rapids games. He is averaging 8.4 points and 3.8 rebounds while playing 20 minutes per game. He had a high of 28 points during a game this year and has made 80.5 percent from the foul line. He is shooting 46 percent from the field.

Former Tiger Devin Gray has played in eight games for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. An injury has taken him off the active roster. In eight games earlier this year he averaged 16.4 points and seven rebounds.

Jamison Almost Averaging a Double-Double Jamison is almost averaging a double-double for the season (13.3 points and 9.8 rebounds. That is surprising because he has had just four double-doubles this year. He has had six double-figure rebound games, however and 11 double figure scoring games. He just doesn’t always get double figures in both in the same game.

No Clemson player has done that for the course of the season since Wright, who averaged 15.4 points and 10.6 rebounds a game in 1993-94. Wright also averaged a double-double as a sophomore.

How hard is is to average a double-double these days? Only one ACC player has done it each of the last three years. Antawn Jamison did it last season and Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan did it in 1995-96 and 1996-97. Only 19 players at the Division I level even averaged double figures in rebounds in 1997-98 and only 18 did it in 1996-97.

Clemson Rebound Margin Strong One of the highlights of Clemson’s 12-4 start has been rebounding. Clemson has a +6.2 rebound margin through 16 games. Western Carolina, UNC Asheville and Illinois are the only teams to beat Clemson on the boards this year. Clemson was +8 against a big Michigan team and +16 against Kansas State, a team that had had a positive rebound margin in its first four games. Clemson was +10 against South Carolina.

Clemson’s most impressive rebounding game might have been at North Carolina where Clemson outrebounded the taller Tar Heels, 38-26. Clemson had a 22-8 advantage at the half. In fact, Clemson had the same amount of offensive rebounds as North Carolina had rebounds in that half. North Carolina entered the game with Clemson with a +11 rebound margin for the season, one of the top figures in the nation.

Leading the way are Harold Jamison and Tom Wideman. The seniors have combined for 16.4 rebounds per game so far this year. Jamison’s 9.8 average is second in the ACC and ranked in the top 20 in the nation. Wideman had 12 rebounds to lead Clemson in that area against NC State. Both players are now in the top 20 in Clemson history in rebounding. Jamison is seventh and Wideman is 17th.

Clemson Fouls Down One area Clemson has improved this season is personal fouls. This is another example of the sound defense Larry Shyatt’s team has played. Opposing scoring and shooting percentages are down, yet the Tigers have not committed a lot of fouls. Clemson is averaging just 17 fouls per game this year, ranked in the bottom quarter of the country in that area. The Tigers averaged 21 fouls per game last year.

This fact was especially noticeable at North Carolina. Clemson had just 16 fouls the entire game at North Carolina. Last year the Tigers were whistled for an ACC record 41 fouls in their nine point loss in Chapel Hill. In that contest six Tigers fouled out. This entire season only two Clemson players have been expelled due to fouls. Clemson again had just 16 fouls against NC State.

Only Wake Forest Has Reached 50 % Clemson ranks second in the ACC and among the top 20 teams in the nation in field goal percentage defense. Only five of the 16 opponents have shot over 45 percent against Clemson this year and no team has shot over 50 percent from the field. Wake Forest shot exactly 50 percent against the Tigers last Saturday. Six of the 15 teams have failed to reach 40 percent against Clemson.

Another area of statistics that has shown a solid defense is assist/turnover ratio. So far this year opponents have committed 74 more turnovers than assists distributed. Only North Carolina, with a 15/7 ratio, and Wake Forest (12/11) has had more assists than turnovers this year.

Two Tigers over 20 points Two Clemson players had at least 20 points in the Tigers win over NC State. Harold Jamison had 25, while Terrell McIntyre had 22. That was the first time since the Maryland game last year that two Clemson players had at least 20 points in the same game. In the December 4 win over the Terps, Terrell McIntyre and Greg Buckner both had 20 points to pace Clemson to a 78-65 win.

Christie Outstanding in Tallahassee Some Clemson players have been at their best in their careers against Florida State. That is certainly the case for Tony Christie, especially when it comes to playing in Tallahassee. In three games at Florida State, Christie has scored 42 points, a 14-point average. He has shot 17-27 from the field, including 6-14 on three-point shots. He has done all that in just 68 minutes. So, he has scored 42 points in just 68 total minutes in the Leon County Coliseum. Overall, Christie is 24-42 from the field against Florida State and the 57 percent is the best he has shot against any ACC team.

Terrell McIntyre has a 14.3 average against the Seminoles, but he had his career high of 29 points against FSU as a freshman at Clemson. It is hard to believe that he has never scored 30 in a game, he came the closest against FSU when he had 8-11 from thefield and 12-14 from the foul line in a Tiger victory in Littlejohn Coliseum.

Vincent Whitt is 11-12 from the foul line against FSU for his career, while Adam Allenspach had a career high four blocked shots at Tallahassee last year. One of Tom Wideman’s top game as a Tiger was at Florida State in 1996-97 when he had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Clemson Veterans Career vs. Florida State

                           3PtOpponent         G-GS  Min  FG-A   FG-A   FT-A   Reb  A-T   B-S   Pts  AvgA. Allenspach    2-1    24   3-6    0-0    0-0    1   0-2   4-1    6    3.0Tony Christie    6-3   130  24-42  10-23   7-13  14   5-10  2-5   65   10.8Harold Jamison   6-2   163  11-26   0-0   17-31  50   6-12  4-12  39    6.5Andrius Jurkunas 3-2    47   3-11   1-8    0-0    7   2-4   2-0    7    2.3Terrell McIntyre 6-5   199  27-62   6-23  26-32  12  30-15  0-6   86   14.3Johnny Miller    2-1    32   3-9    1-5    0-0    2   5-6   1-6    7    3.5Vincent Whitt    4-0    63   6-20   1-3   11-12  12   2-3   0-2   24    6.0Tom Wideman      6-5   141  16-27   0-0    7-15  29   5-4   1-6   39    6.5

Allenspach Sound off Bench One of Clemson’s most improved players off the bench has been Adam Allenspach. The 7-1 sophomore had six points on 3-4 shooting at North Carolina . He also had two rebounds, an assist and a blocked shots in 11 minutes. He added seven points on 3-5 shooting in 14 mintues in the win over NC State.

For the season, Allenspach has averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He has made 65 percent of his free throws, by far the best among Clemson big men and second on the team overall. He is a 67 percent free throw shooter for his career.

Allenspach averaged 6.7 points and 4.0 rebounds and shot 50 percent from the field in Maui. He was a perfect 10-10 from the foul line in Maui. Allenspach had 10 points and four rebounds in just 17 minutes against Kansas State.

M & M Boys Run in the Backcourt The guard who leads the team in assists is normally the point guard. That has been the case for Clemson the last four years, thanks to the play of Terrell McIntyre, who has also been second on the Clemson team in scoring each of the last three years. With Greg Buckner’s graduation, Terrell McIntyre is now the Tigers leading scorer with a 16.3 average.

But, for the first time in four years, someone else is leading the Clemson assist column. Johnny Miller has had 38 assists over the last six games is now tied with McIntyre. Both players have 69 assists this season. Miller had a career high 10 assists against NC State and now has 69 for the season and 211 for his career. McIntyre also has 69 for the season, giving Clemson two of the top 10 assist leaders in the ACC. McIntyre has 458 assists for his career, third best in Clemson history.