Jan. 14, 2006
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Clemson vs. Duke Notes Littlejohn Coliseum January 14, 2006
Vernon Hamilton scored 31 points as a reserve in today’s game.It was the most points scored off the bench by a Clemson playersince David Young scored 34 off the bench against Wake Forest onJanuary 12, 1991. That is the Clemson record for points in game offthe bench by the way. Hamilton’s 31 points today are just the third30-point game by a non-starter in Clemson history. The other is a30-point game by Anthony Jenkins against Duke in 1982-83. Thus twoof the three 30-point games in Clemson history by a reserve havecome against Duke and Coach K. Hamilton is the first player in histhird year with the program to record his first 20-point game andhis first career 30-point game in consecutive games. Hamilton had21 points, then a career high, in the win over Wake Forest onWednesday. He followed that with the career high 31-point gametoday against Duke. Hamilton’s 31 points were the most by a Tigerin the Oliver Purnell era and the most by any Clemson player sinceEdward Scott scored 32 at Virginia on Feb. 18, 2003. Hamilton made14-19 shots from the field today, the most made field goals in agame by a Clemson player since Will Solomon had 14 against Virginiaon January 15, 2000. Hamilton is now 87-173 from the field for theseason, a .503 figure. No Clemson guard has shot over 50 percentfrom the field for the course of the season since Michael Tait didit in 1986-87 (.510), the first year of the three-point goal.Clemson’s free throw shooting today was 6-21, a .286 figure. Thatis the worst free throw performance by a Clemson team since January12, 2002 when Clemson was 4-18, .222, in a 41-point loss at WakeForest. Clemson shot 33-61 from the field today, a .541 field goalpercentage. That is Clemson’s best field goal percentage againstDuke since the 1994-95 season. Clemson shot 26-47 for .553 at Dukein a 75-70 win in Cameron Indoor Stadium in 1994-95, Rick Barnesfirst ACC game as Clemson coach. Shawan Robinson scored 17 pointstoday, his high total since he scored 17 against Wofford onDecember 6. He had three three-point goals, giving him 170 for hiscareer. He moved ahead of Chris Whitney into third place on theall-time Clemson list. Cliff Hammonds played 39 minutes without aturnover. It was the most minutes without a turnover in his careerand his first game without a turnover this year. His previous bestwas 32 minutes without a turnover on two occasions last year.Clemson’s .541 field goal percentage was the best against the BlueDevils all year, ahead of the .516 by Virginia Tech on December 4,2005. Clemson was just the second team to shoot at least 50 percentagainst the Blue Devils this year, and the first team all year toshoot over 50 percent in both halves against the Blue Devils. J.J.Redick’s 34 points were the most against Clemson since B.J. Elderscored 36 for Georgia Tech against the Tigers on Jan. 27, 2004.Both teams played at a high level in terms off offensive executiontoday as both teams shot at least 54 percent from the field. Thatis the first time that has happened in a Clemson game since the2002-03 season when Clemson and Virginia both shot 55 percent in a78-77 Clemson victory.
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