Nov. 22, 2004
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Clemson vs. UNC Asheville Series Clemson holds a 6-0 lead in the series with UNC-Asheville, but the two teams have not played since the 1998-99 season, Larry Shyatt’s first year in Clemson. Clemson won that last meeting at Clemson 73-64, a closer game than expected considering Clemson was ranked 17th in the AP poll entering the game.
The two schools first met in 1979-80 at Clemson in the regular season finale, a game that was also senior day. UNC-Asheville held the ball much of the game, a contest played in the pre shot clock era, and the Tigers came away with a 38-27 victory. That was the “Senior Night” game for Bobby Conrad, Billy Williams and John “Moose” Campbell. It is the fewest combined points (65) for any Clemson game since the 1945-46 season.
Clemson also gained victory in 1986- 87, 1989-90, 1991-92, 1995-96 and the aforementioned 1998-99 season. You can see by the list that UNC-Asheville has caught Clemson during good seasons. Clemson has been to the NCAA Tournament just seven times in history, but UNCA has been on Clemson’s schedule in four of those seven. Plus, the 1998-99 Clemson team went to the finals of the NIT.
Clemson’s 1979-80 team advanced to the Final Eight of the NCAA Tournament, the only Clemson team in history to advance that far. The 1986-87 team featured Horace Grant and won a school record 25 games. The 1989- 90 team won the ACC regular season title, the only team in Clemson history to do that.
Vincent Whitt had 18 points to lead the Tigers the last time the two teams met, a total he recorded in just 18 minutes. Harold Jamison and Terrell McIntrye added 13 points apiece for the Tigers, who shot 27-41 from the field for the game.
Clemson vs. UNC Asheville Series
Clemson vs. Big South This is the first of two games for Clemson against Big South Conference teams. The Tigers will also play Charleston Southern on December 11. Clemson has a 43-1 lifetime record against Big South Conference teams with the only loss coming to Winthrop, a 66-61 Eagles victory during the 2001-02 season at Littlejohn Coliseum.
UNC Asheville Opens with Loss UNC-Asheville opened the season with a 119-55 loss at Texas Tech and Head Coach Bobby Knight last Saturday evening. The Bulldogs had three players in double figures, led by reserve center Joseph Barber who scored 13, and starting forward Oliver Holmes who added 12 points. UNC Asheville committed 26 turnovers and was outrebounded, 51-26, in the loss. Eight players scored in double figures for Texas Tech, led by Curtis Marshall, who scored 30. UNCAsheville returns five starters and 11 lettermen from last year’s team that finished with a 9-20 record.
Biedenbach Played Against the Tigers UNC-Asheville Head coach Eddie Biedenbach is a 1968 NC State graduate who played six games against Clemson in his career with the Pack. NC State won four of the six contests. He scored in double figures in each of his last four games against Clemson, including a 29-point performance on Feb. 17, 1968 in Charlotte in a 69-67 NC State victory.
Biedenbach played in 73 games for NC State between 1964-68 and scored 976 career points. He was a 73 percent free throw shooter and led the Pack in scoring in 1965-66 and 1967-68.
Biedenbach coached at Davidson earlier in his career and, and in 1978-79, and gave former Clemson head coach and current Texas Coach Rick Barnes his first job in coaching. Barnes went to Biedenbach’s office at 8:00 AM one day for an interview, but Biedenbach had forgetten about it. He did not appear at the office until late in the afternoon, but Barnes was still waiting. With that much patience, Biedenbach was impressed, and hired Barnes as a part time assistant. Last Time Out Tigers Open with Victory over Hampton Shawan Robinson scored a career high 26 points, thanks to a 6-7 three-point shooting night, and the Clemson defense had a school record 25 steals, contributing to a 98-54 Clemson victory on November 19. It was the 20th consecutive season opening victory for the
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