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Men’s Hoops Prepares for Furman, Dec. 26

December 24, 1998

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson Tigers face their oldest rivalry Saturday when they meet the Furman Paladins at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, S.C.

No. 16 Clemson (10-1) first met Furman on Feb. 9, 1912, the Tigers’ first-ever basketball game. Clemson won 46-12 at Furman and the Tigers hold a 90-51 lead in the series. Clemson has won the last 22 games and 30 of the last 31.

The Tigers are coming off a 72-47 win over South Carolina State Monday, Clemson’s seventh straight victory. Guard Terrell McIntyre, who leads the Tigers in scoring with 16.6 points per game, had to sit with two early fouls, but Clemson’s depth guided them to the win.

Harold Jamison went 8-for-8 from the floor to score a season-high 19 points, Vincent Whitt had all of his 10 points in the second half, and Johnny Miller dished out nine assists for the Tigers.

“Don’t get me wrong, Terrell’s definitely the nucleus and makes us go,” said Jamison, who is shooting 78 percent (49-for-63) from the field this season. “But I think that we still can do some things without him in there.”

“It’s always good to know you can get it done without your best player on the floor,” Miller said. “It’s definitely a confidence boost for the team.”

Furman (6-3) is riding a three-game winning streak and has won four of their last five overall. The Paladins defeated UNC-Greensboro 92-70 last Saturday behind Bubba Smith’s 13 points. Smith is averaging 11.2 points per game, second on the team to Stanislav Makshantsev’s 16.8 per game.

The Paladins last victory over the Tigers was 1977-78 when Furman won 87-68 at Clemson.