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Men’s Basketball: Six Tigers Earn Academic Honor Roll

Feb. 4, 2003

Clemson, SC-(Kerry Capps) Six members of the Clemson men’s basketball team achieved Academic Honor Roll recognition during the fall semester — a new high since the athletic department began tracking academic records.

Freshman Julian Betko paced the Tigers with a 3.75 GPA and was named to the Dean’s List.

Freshman Shawan Robinson was named to the honor roll, as were Chris Hobbs, Jermel Douglas, Walker Holt and Beau Shay.

Overall, the Tigers compiled a 2.40 team grade point average.

No More Slipping: In the aftermath of the Clemson-Wake Forest game, in which there were several incidences of players slipping on the large vinyl tiger paw decal on the Littlejohn Coliseum floor, the decal was removed last week.

The decal had been applied after the temporary floor was moved from the Civic Center of Anderson.

A Clemson logo will be painted over the Civic Center of Anderson logo in time for the Tigers’ next home game, Wednesday against Georgia Tech.

More Time For Akingbala: Coach Larry Shatt said the increased presence of center Akin Akingbala in the lineup against Wake Forest was a reflection of the freshman’s performance in practice relative to his teammates.

“Akingbala came in because he’s played very well in practice,” said Shyatt. “We felt we needed to get him some experience, because he had outplayed some of our more experienced players for longer periods of time in practice.”

Scott To Join Elite Group: Only seven players in the 50-year history of ACC basketball have combined career statistics of 1,000 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds. The ACC’s two premier point guards — Clemson’s Ed Scott and Maryland’s Steve Blake — will soon join the group.

Scott’s 14-point performance against Wake Forest pushed him over the 1,000-point mark in career scoring, and he went over the 500 mark in assists earlier this season. He needs 21 rebounds to reach the 400 level.

Blake already has the assists and rebounding totals, and heading into last week’s game needed just 39 points to reach the 1,000 mark.

Scott and Blake will join a group that includes Duke’s Johnny Dawkins and Danny Ferry, Florida State’s Delvon Arrington, Georgia Tech’s Tony Akins, Drew Barry and Brian Oliver, and North Carolina’s Ed Cota.

Another Rough January: Clemson concluded its January schedule with a 2-5 record. It marked the Tigers’ 12th losing record in the month of January in the past 13 years. Clemson is 9-38 in January over the last six years — a 19 percent mark.

February has traditionally been a better month for the Tigers, who have won 39 percent of their games over the past six seasons.

Iron Man Ed: Ed Scott has played eight complete games this season and leads the ACC with a 38.3 minutes average. For his career, Scott is averaging 33 minutes per game — second on Clemson’s all-time list behind Butch Zatezalo, who averaged 38.2 minutes during his career.

Injury Report: X-rays of Chris Hobbs’ injured jaw were negative. He was injured during a second-half collision with Wake Forest’s Josh Howard…Olu Babalola and Julian Betko are nursing ankle injuries, and Ed Scott has a bruised thigh. All were expected to play in Clemson’s game Sunday against NC State.

Around The ACC: ACC teams have a combined 22-14 record against teams from the Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC…With his 30-point performance against UNC, Julius Hodge of NC State took over the conference scoring lead…UNC’s Rashad McCants has scored in double figures in 18 straight games and leads the conference in that category…Virginia’s Travis Watson recently recorded his 46th career double-double…With his 6-of-6 free throw performance against Georgia Tech, Duke freshman JJ Redick extended his school-record streak to 40…Florida State’s Tim Pickett has scored in double figures in 17 straight games and leads the ACC in steals…Maryland leads the ACC in field goal percentage defense, blocked shots and steals…UNC’s Raymond Felton has made 16 of his last 27 three-pointers.

Upcoming: Clemson will be at home on Wednesday, Feb. 5, for a 7 p.m. game against Georgia Tech. The Tigers will then play at Duke on Feb. 9 and at South Carolina on Feb. 12.