Christie Leads Tigers over EA Sports

Freshman Chey Christie scored 24 points, while Ray Henderson and Chris Hobbs each had double-doubles, leading Clemson to a 94-76 exhibition basketball victory over the EA Sports Central All-Stars at Littlejohn Coliseum Monday night. Point guard Edward Scott added 13 assists, eight points and seven rebounds in a final all-around performance.

Clemson closed its exhibition season with a 2-0 record and an average of 96 points per game. Larry Shyatt's team will open its regular season Saturday night against Morris Brown at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.

Christie, brother of former Tiger star Tony Christie (1995-99) scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half when he made 5-5 three-point shots. He was 9-12 from the field overall and also added six rebounds. Henderson had his second straight double-double in exhibition play with 10 points and 14 rebounds, including nine off the offensive boards.

Hobbs had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Hobbs and Henderson were the major reasons Clemson won the rebound battle, 64-39. Clemson made 39 field goals and had 26 assists in the contest.

Edward Scott ran the Clemson offense and had an 8/0 assist/turnover ratio in the second half. Scott's career high in assists in a regular season game is seven, so he nearly doubled his previous best on the hardcourt at Clemson. He was a major reason Clemson had 26 assists and just 17 turnovers. Clemson had 16 assists and just four turnovers in the second half.

Tomas Nagys also had double figures in scoring with 10 points and the junior added eight rebounds. Tony Stockman was a fifth Tiger in double figures with 11 points and the sophomore added three assists. Freshman Jemere Hendrix scored eight points and had five rebounds in limited, but effective play. Shyatt played 13 points and 11 of them scored.

Kris Johnson, son of former UCLA All-American and NBA star Marques Johnson, led EA Sports with 20 points and six rebounds. Former Maryland point guard Duane Simpkins had 13 points, while Jimmy Carroll added 11 points. Marek Ondera led the carom collectors for EA Sports with 10. Clemson's defense allowed just 34.2 percent shooting, as the visitors made 25-73 from the field.

Clemson won the contest by 18 points, but the Tigers trailed 61-60 with 10 minutes remaining. The Tigers went on a 36-15 run to close the game. An 11-0 run from the 10:42 mark to the 8:34 mark in the second half was the key for the Tigers. Christie scored five of those points in that run. Clemson's largest lead was the final score.

Clemson scored the first point of the game on a free throw by Henderson, then did not hold the lead again until 13:21 remained in the game. EA Sports had an 11-point lead at 17-6 in the first six minutes of the game on a three-pointer by Carroll. EA Sports continued to hold the lead throughout the half. Clemson tied the score for the first time at 30, then again at 34. Jeremy Eaton scored on a short jumper with 17 seconds left before intermission to give EA Sports a 40-37 lead at intermission.

Clemson then outscored EA Sports 57-36 in the second half. Clemson shot 57 percent from the field in the second half, including 7-12 on three-point shots.

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