Nov. 24, 2008
Complete Game Notes
Game Setup Site: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 City: Clemson, SC Time: 8:00 PM Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity, Tim Bourret)
Opponent Quick Facts Location Savannah, GA Enrollment: 3,500 Athletic Director: Bart Bellairs Nickname: Tigers Colors: Burnt Orange & Reflex Blue Conference: Independent
Notes Tuesday’s game will be the first between Clemson and Savannah State in men’s basketball. Clemson is 5-0 so far this season and is looking for its 25th straight win in the month of November, a streak that dates to the start of the 2005-06 season.
Head Coach Oliver Purnell needs one win to reach 100 with the Tiger basketball program. He has 355 in his career, including 99 with Clemson since the 2003-04 season.
Clemson has been strong in the month of November, having won its last 24 games under Purnell’s watch. The Tiger program owns an alltime record of 92-15 in November as well.
Clemson has won seven straight non-conference games at road venues since the start of the 2006-07 season. The Tigers won last time out at Charlotte in front of a capacity crowd, 71-70.
The Tigers won their home opener last week over Wofford by a score of 93-40. The 53-point win was the most lopsided final margin for Clemson since the 1990 team defeated Georgia State 117-59.
K.C. Rivers needs just four points Tuesday to reach 1,300 for his career. He ranks 18th on the school’s all-time scoring list and is second in Clemson history with 221 career three-point goals.
Trevor Booker leads the ACC with 2.8 blocked shots per game this season. He added four to his total last Saturday at Charlotte, including one with 1.8 seconds left that stopped a layup attempt by 49ers forward Lamont Mack.
Terrence Oglesby, the leading scorer so far this season for the Tigers, needs just three long-range balls Tuesday to reach 100 for his career. He has made 97 out of 237 in his career (41 percent).
Demontez Stitt is coming off the top scoring game of his career. He posted 16 in front of his family and friends at Charlotte last Saturday night, hitting 4-7 shots overall and 2-3 from behind the three-point line. Stitt also converted six of seven from the charity stripe, including 4-4 inside the final two minutes of the contest.
Clemson has two players from the state of Georgia on its roster, freshman guards Tanner Smith and Andre Young. A 5-9 point guard from Albany, Young is averaging 6.0 points per game off the bench and is shooting 50 percent on three-point tries. Smith, who hails from Alpharetta, is averaging 4.0 points per game in just over 15 minutes of action.
Freshman center Catalin `Bobo’ Baciu will make his collegiate debut Tuesday. He sat out the first five games of the season due to a suspension stemming from professional game participation in his home country of Romania. Baciu was rated as high as the nation’s #55 prospect last year by Scout.com.
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