Feb. 21, 2006
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Clemson at Wake ForestWednesday, February 22, 2006
Clemson is coming off an 89-77 victory over Maryland, itshigh point total in an ACC game this year. It was Clemson’s fourthwin in a row over Maryland, the first time Clemson has defeated theTerps four consecutive games since the 1949-51 era. Clemson will belooking for a regular season sweep of Wake Forest. Clemson has notswept the Demon Deacons in the regular season since 1989-90.(Clemson did beat Wake Forest twice in 1997-98, but one of the winswas in the ACC Tourney). Clemson has lost 14 consecutive games atthe Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Clemson’s only win in the facility tookplace in its first trip there, an 89-75 victory in 1989-90, theyear Clemson won its only regular season ACC championship. ShawanRobinson had a season high 24 points, including five three-pointgoals in the win over Maryland. He also had five assists and threesteals in running the point guard position for 37 of the 40minutes. Clemson has shot at least 70 percent from the foul line ineach of its last five games. It is the longest streak of 70-percentfree throw shooting games by the Tigers since a five-game streak in2000-01. Clemson has made 72 of its last 93 free throws as a team,a .774 figure. Clemson center Akin Akingbala has scored in doublefigures in seven consecutive games, including his 14 points and 13rebounds in the win over Maryland. He is averaging 15.4 points and8.3 rebounds during that seven-game stretch. Prior to theperformance against Maryland he scored a career high 21 pointsagainst Boston College and All-America front court player CraigSmith. K.C. Rivers has scored in double figures in threeconsecutive games for the first time all year. He had 13 at BostonCollege, his high scoring game in an ACC contest this year, thenhad 10 against Maryland. He has scored 12.0 points and pulled in5.0 rebounds over the last three games. Clemson forced 26 turnoversin the win over Maryland with 15 steals. It was the 15th game thisyear Clemson has had at least 10 steals. Clemson made 12three-point goals in the win over Maryland. All 12 came in thefirst 30 minutes of the game. Clemson is 5-2 this year when itmakes at least 35 percent of its three-piont shots. Shawan Robinsoncontinues to lead the ACC in free throw percentage with a .931figure, a mark that would be third best in ACC history for aseason. Leading scorer Vernon Hamilton did not play againstMaryland due to elbow and thumb injuries on the left side of hisbody. He is questionable for the Wake Forest game.
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