It will be the only public exhibition game for Oliver Purnell's Tigers prior to the season opener against Hampton on Friday, November 19.
Tickets are available at $10 apiece for reserved seats. A $7
ticket is also available for students high school age and under, and
for general admission seating.
The tipoff was originally set for 7:00 PM, but the time was
moved up to allow Clemson fans to return home in time to watch the
Clemson at Miami (FL) football game (7:45 PM kickoff) on Saturday
Carson-Newman College, a Division II school located in
Jefferson City, TN, posted an 18-10 record overall last season
under head coach Dale Clayton, who is in his 17th year leading the
Eagle program. His team returns three double figure scorers from
last year in senior forward Todd Lucas (12.9 PPG), senior guard Braun
Dabbs (12.3 PPG) and senior guard Ismail Simmons (10.1 PPG). Lucas
is the top returning rebounder off a 7.1 average in 2003-04, while
Simmons is the top returnee in terms of assists (79).
Like Clemson, Carson-Newman has many first-year freshmen who
will be seeing their first action against outside competition. Six
freshmen are on the Carson-Newman roster, including four guards.
Clemson has five first-year freshmen on its roster.
Clemson will be led by Sharrod Ford, the 6-9 senior center
from Suitland, MD who was Clemson's top scorer (11.9) and rebounder
(7.2) last year. Ford ranks sixth in Clemson history in career
field goal percentage (.561) and is seventh in career blocked shots
(109). He ranked 21st in the nation in blocked shots a year ago.
Shawan Robinson is another returning double figure scorer for
the Tigers. The junior from Raleigh started each of the last 12
games for the Tigers in 2003-04 and had a 10.8 average for the
season, second best to Ford's 11.9. Robinson is Clemson's top
three-point shooter and has a career .408 percentage, sixth best in
Olu Babalola is another returning starter for the Tigers at
a small forward position. His playing time in Saturday's exhibition
is unknown due to an injury that has limited his practice time
recently. Babalola started all 28 games last year and averaged 9.0
points per game.
Vernon Hamilton and Akin Akingbala are two other Tigers with
starting experience on the Clemson roster. Hamilton averaged 7.3
points per game last year when he started 17 games at point guard,
and he led the Tigers in assists (91) and steals (50). Akingbala
started four of the last six games in 2003-04 and led the Tigers in
field goal percentage with a .606 mark.
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