First Meeting this Year
Maryland 99, Clemson 90
Jan. 20, 2002 at College Park, MD
Clemson placed all five starters in double figures and made a school record tying 15 three-point goals, yet lost to third-ranked Maryland in College Park, 99-90 on Jan. 20. Clemson also had a +10 rebound margin and blocked six shots defensively.
Tony Stockman led the Tigers with 22 points, including 6-13 on three-point goals. Edward Scott contributed 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in playing all 40 minutes. The scoring total was his top effort in an ACC game as a Clemson player.
Jamar McKnight scored 10 points in the game's first five minutes and finished the game with 19. He also had six rebounds, added a career-high four assists and was 3-4 on three-point shooting. Ray Henderson added his eighth double-double of the season as he collected 11 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. Chris Hobbs had 12 points and nine rebounds to round out Clemson's double-digit scorers.
Maryland was led by Juan Dixon with 23 points, while Lonny Baxter added 21. Chris Wilcox was the top Terp overall with 17 points and a game high 14 rebounds. Drew Nicholas added 14 points and six assists off the bench. Steve Blake scored just three points, but had 13 assists in running the Maryland offense. Byron Mouton scored 14 points, including 4-6 on three-point goals. Mouton had made just seven three-point goals all year entering the game.
The contest was close throughout as there were 19 lead changes and 13 ties in the game, including 15 lead changes in the first half. Clemson made 7 of its first 8 shots from the field and led 24-23 at the 12:32 mark of the first half.
McKnight, Scott and Stockman connected on long-range jumpers, while Maryland scored from the inside. Tiger turnovers were a key in the first half as Maryland had a 19-1 lead in points off turnovers at intermission. It was a 52-48 lead for Maryland at intermission. Clemson made 11-16 three-point attempts in the first half, a school record for made three-point goals in a half.
Maryland pushed the lead to 11 points at 62-51 at the 16:07 mark of the second half and it appeared the Tigers were wilting. But, Clemson struck back and tied the score at 67 on a layup by Dwon Clifton. The score remained close the rest of the game. The contest was tied at 72, 74, and 80. Clemson took an 83-82 lead with 4:41 left on a layup by Chris Hobbs
But, Maryland made some clutch three-point baskets down the stretch, one by Nicholas and one by Dixon and held a 93-86 lead with 1:49 left. Clemson cut the lead to six in the final minute, but could not get a stop and the Terps had a nine-point win.
Maryland's ability to control the ball had a lot to do with its victory. The Terps had a 27-6 assist/turnover ratio for the night, fourth best ratio ever against the Tigers.
Clemson Starting Backcourt Had 20 Apiece at Maryland
Clemson got 20 points apiece from its starting backcourt of Tony Stockman (22) and Edward Scott (20) in the first Maryland contest. It was the first time both scored at least 20 in the same game. It was the first time Clemson's starting backcourt has each scored 20 in the same game since last year's Georgia Tech contest when Stockman had 20 and Will Solomon scored 41 in a 111-108 loss to the Yellow Jackets in Littlejohn Coliseum.
Both scored 20 in the loss to Duke on Feb. 2 at Littlejohn Coliseum and both had 30 in the 118-115 win in double overtime against Wake Forest on Feb. 13.
Four times this year Clemson has had a pair of 20-point scorers, plus a fifth game Clemson has had three 20-point scorers. In the win over Georgia Tech on Jan. 5, Chris Hobbs tallied 25 and Jamar McKnight added 22, the only time this year the Clemson starting forwards scored at least 20 in the same game. The other occurrence came at Duke when Hobbs had 25 and Chey Christie scored 21 off the bench.
Clemson had three players with at least 24 points against Wake Forest on Feb. 13. Tony Stockman and Edward Scott both had 30 points and Chris Hobbs added 24 for the Tigers. It was the first time since the 1993 ACC Tournament that Clemson had three players with at least 20 points in the same game. Sharone Wright, Devin Gray and Chris Whitney, all future NBA players, all had at least 20 in an ACC Tournament win over Florida State at Charlotte in 1993.
Tigers Net 15 Three-point Goals at Maryland
Three-point shooting has been a problem for Clemson much of the season, but that was not the case when Clemson played its final game ever in Cole Fieldhouse on Jan. 20. The Tigers tied a school record with 15 three-point goals in the 99-90 loss to Maryland. Clemson converted 15-28 from long range, a .565 mark.
Clemson entered the game having made just 5.3 three-point goals per game and had connected at a .303 clip, worst in the ACC. Clemson had made just 29 percent on the opponent's home court. Clemson made 11 of 16 in the first half, a school record for made three-point goals in a half. The Tigers missed their last four three-point attempts when they were forcing threes in the final minute, so they were 15-24 in the normal flow of the game over the first 35 minutes.
Tony Stockman made 6-13 threes in the game, Edward Scott hit 5-8 and Jamar McKnight made 3-4 in the contest. Even Tomas Nagys made his first three-point goal of the year.
Clemson's 15 three-point goals were the most by the Tigers since Larry Shyatt became head coach. It was the highest figure since Clemson made15 against Evansville in the 1993 Rainbow Classic. The Tigers also made 15 at Virginia in 1982-83, the year the ACC used a 17-9 three-point goal line. Clemson has now made 15 three-point goals in a game three times and lost all three.
Clemson Has Played Well vs. Duke and Maryland
Clemson has played three games this year against Maryland and Duke, teams ranked in the top three in the nation by both polls. Clemson has a -35 scoring margin in the three games combined, an average defeat of 11.7 points per game.
That scoring margin is the second best among the seven teams below Maryland and Duke in the ACC standings. Virginia has been outscored by 17 points in two games, a -8.5 points per game margin. N.C. State and Georgia Tech are finished with the Big Two. State has been outscored by 79 points, while Georgia Tech has been outscored by 82 in the four games.
Clemson's final game with Duke and Maryland is Wednesday night. Wake Forest and Virginia both have two games left with the Big Two.
ACC Teams Average Scoring Margin vs. Duke and Maryland in 2001-02 Team GP Margin PPG Virginia 2 -17 -8.5 Clemson 3 -35 -11.7 Florida State 3 -51 -17.0 N.C. State 4 -79 -19.8 Georgia Tech 4 -82 -20.5 Wake Forest 2 -45 -22.5 North Carolina 3 -77 -25.7
Clemson Faces Second-Ranked Terps
Clemson will face a second-ranked Maryland team at Littlejohn Coliseum on Wednesday. Clemson will be looking for its second top-five win of the season, as Clemson earlier defeated a fifth-ranked (USA Today) Virginia team at Clemson on Jan. 8. Clemson has had a history of upsetting top five teams over the years, there have been 16 overall. That includes the win over #1 North Carolina last year and the victory over a fifth-ranked Virginia team this year.
Clemson's first win over a top five team in Littlejohn Coliseum took place in 1974-75 when a Clemson team led by Skip Wise defeated Maryland, 83-82. Maryland was ranked third in AP and fourth by UPI entering that contest. Clemson also defeated a fifth-ranked Maryland team in 1979-80 by a 90-81 score. Three Tigers, Larry Nance, Horace Wyatt and Billy Williams, all had over 20 points in that Tiger victory. Clemson has three top five wins on the opponent's home court in history, one of those was at Maryland, a 82-77 over the #2 Terps in 1975-76.
Clemson's Top-Five Wins In History Chronologically Opp Rk Year Opponent Score Mar AP-Coach 1966-67 N. Carolina (N) 92-88 +4 4-3 1974-75 Maryland 83-82 +1 3-4 1974-75 N.C. State 92-70 +22 4-4 1975-76 at Wake Forest 86-81 +5 5-5 1975-76 at Maryland 82-77 +5 2-3 1976-77 at Wake Forest 70-66 +4 4-6 1978-79 North Carolina 66-61 +5 2-2 1979-80 North Carolina 93-76 +17 6-4 1979-80 Duke 87-82 +5 1-1 1979-80 Maryland 90-81 +9 7-5 1980-81 Wake Forest 81-71 +10 5-5 1989-90 Duke 97-93 +4 5-4 1993-94 North Carolina 77-69 +8 2-4 1996-97 Kentucky (N) 79-71 +8 3-4 2000-01 North Carolina 75-65 +10 1-1 2001-02 Virginia 68-52 +16 7-5
By Rank, AP first, then Coaches Opp Rk Year Opponent Score Mar AP-Coach 2000-01 North Carolina 75-65 +10 1-1 1979-80 Duke 87-82 +5 1-1 1978-79 North Carolina 66-61 +5 2-2 1975-76 at Maryland 82-77 +5 2-3 1993-94 North Carolina 77-69 +8 2-4 1996-97 Kentucky (N) 79-71 +8 3-4 1974-75 Maryland 83-82 +1 3-4 1966-67 N. Carolina (N) 92-88 +4 4-3 1974-75 N.C. State 92-70 +22 4-4 1976-77 at Wake Forest 70-66 +4 4-6 1975-76 at Wake Forest 86-81 +5 5-5 1980-81 Wake Forest 81-71 +10 5-5 1989-90 Duke 97-93 +4 5-4 1979-80 North Carolina 93-76 +17 6-4 1979-80 Maryland 90-81 +9 7-5 2001-02 Virginia 68-52 +16 7-5 Larry Shyatt coached Clemson wins in bold
Hobbs Coming on Strong
Clemson forward Chris Hobbs has been coming on strong of late. Over the last three games the 6-7 sophomore has scored 52 points and pulled in 25 rebounds. He has shot 18-27 from the field over that time. He has scored at least 13 points in three straight games and has made at last 50 percent of his field goals in five straight games. Hobbs had his top all-around game as a Tiger in Clemson's 118-115 double overtime victory He scored 24 points and pulled in a career high 17 rebounds. Hobbs made 8-11 field goals and his two free throws with 12 seconds left gave Clemson a three-point lead.
Hobbs has 16 double figure scoring games this year, including four games with at least 20 points. He has three double-doubles this year and nine for his career. He is shooting 55.6 percent from the field this year and 56 percent for his career. He is just nine made field goals short of qualifying for Clemson's career field goal percentage list. His 56 percent accuracy would be sixth best in school history if he had nine more made field goals.
Clemson Faces Another Ranked Opponent
Clemson faces another ranked opponent on Wednesday when second-ranked Maryland comes to Littlejohn Coliseum. This will be Clemson's fourth straight game against a top-25 team, just the fifth time in school history that has happened. The last time Clemson faced four straight ranked opponents was the 1992-93 season when Clemson played a record five in a row between Feb. 8, 1993 and Feb. 24, 1993. Clemson had a 1-4 record in those five games with the only win a victory over a second-ranked North Carolina team.
Clemson is 2-6 against top-25 teams this year. The victories have come over a #5 Virginia team and a #17 Wake Forest team. It marks the first time since the 1997-98 season that Clemson has beaten at least two top-25 teams in one year. The 1997-98 Tigers defeated three top-25 teams that year. The single season record is six, set in 1979-80 when Bill Foster's Tigers went to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Clemson has a win over a top five Virginia team and would love to get another top five win by beating #2 Maryland. Clemson has not defeated two top-five teams in the same year since 1976-77, Tree Rollins senior year. Clemson actually had two top-five wins in Rollins sophomore, junior and senior seasons, the only years Clemson has beaten a top-five team twice.
Larry Shyatt has two wins over top-five teams since he has been at Clemson. He beat a #1 ranked North Carolina team last year and the win over #5 Virginia earlier this year. He is already ahead of his predecessor Rick Barnes in that department. Barnes had just one win over a top-five team in his four years at Clemson, a victory over #3 Kentucky in 1996-97. Cliff Ellis, Clemson's coach prior to Barnes, had just two top five wins in his 10 seasons. Bill Foster holds the Clemson coaching record for career wins over top five teams with six.
N.C. State 83, Clemson 54
Feb. 16, 2002 at Raleigh, NC Anthony Grundy scored 23 points, while Ilian Evtimov added 18 points and five assists in a reserve role, leading N.C. State to an 83-54 win over Clemson in Raleigh on Feb. 16. N.C. State was coming off a 37-point loss to Duke, while the Tigers were coming off an emotional 118-115 double overtime win over #17 Wake Forest. The victory improved N.C. State's record to 19-7 and enhanced the Pack's chances of reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991.
Clemson was led by Chris Hobbs, who scored 13 points on 5-9 shooting. But, he was the only Tiger in double figures. Jamar McKnight scored seven, and saw his consecutive double figure scoring streak end at 12. Edward Scott had eight points, five assists and three steals, but made just 3-11 from the field. Tony Stockman had seven points and a career high seven rebounds, but made just 2-10 from the field, 0-6 on three-point shots.
Clemson shot 38.5 percent from the field, while State made 44 percent. The Pack made 14-31 three-point shots and made 29-62 in two games against the Tigers this year. State also won the battle of the boards 40-30, the biggest rebound differential for a Clemson opponent this year. Turnovers were 14 apiece, but N.C. State outscored Clemson 17-8 in terms of points off turnovers.
Both teams struggled early. Clemson made just 4 of its first 17 shots from the field, while N.C. State made just seven of its first 27. Still, N.C. State had a 23-10 lead with 5:53 to go in the half after two free throws by Josh Powell. Clemson scored eight points over the last 2:53 of the half to reach the 20-point mark. The Pack led 35-20 at intermission behind nine points from Grundy.
N.C. State hit four more three-point goals early in the second half and built the lead to 18 points at 51-33 with 10 minutes left. Clemson never cut the lead below 17 the remainder of the game. The victory gave N.C. State a sweep of Clemson in the regular season for the first time since the 1991-92 season.
Clemson 118, Wake Forest 115 (2OT)
Feb. 13, 2002 at Clemson, SC
Clemson ended an eight-game losing streak with a 118-115 double overtime victory against Wake Forest on Feb. 13, 2002. The remarkable contest was the second highest scoring game in ACC history for two teams combined and featured five players who scored 24 points or more. Clemson had three of the five as the starting backcourt of Tony Stockman and Edward Scott each scored 30 points. Chris Hobbs added 24 points and 17 rebounds, while Jamar McKnight added 15. Scott's 30-point evening included a career-high 16 assists, while Stockman did not have a turnover in his 43 minutes of play and he added a career high tying six assists. Scott's performance set a Clemson record for points scored by a player who had double figures in assists.
Wake Forest was led by Craig Dawson, who scored 38 points, including 11 made three-point goals, tying an ACC record. Darius Songaila added 24 points before fouling out. Broderick Hicks had 16 points and six assists before he fouled out.
Wake Forest made 19-42 three-point goals, an all-time ACC record for made three-point goals in a game. The Deacons 115 points scored were the most ever for a losing team in an ACC game. Clemson's 118 points scored were a school record for points in an ACC game.
Clemson shot 55.8 percent from the field for the game. The Tigers made 55.9 in the first half, 53.6 in the second half and 60 percent in the overtime periods. The Tigers had a season high 26 assists and made 9-20 three-point goals. Clemson could have won the game in a rout had it made free throws. The Tigers were just 23-45 from the line for the game, 6-16 in the overtimes.
The two teams battled on even terms the first 10 minutes of the game. Wake Forest held a 23-19 lead with 8:37 left in the first half. But, the Tigers went on a 21-5 run over the next six minutes and led 40-26 with 2:20 left on a three-point goal by Dwon Clifton, his first three-point goal of 2002. Clemson still led 46-34 at intermission. The margin varied between 8-12 points the first 14 minutes of the second half as both teams executed their offense. Edward Scott caught fire late in the game and scored 14 consecutive points to give the Tigers a 81-66 lead with 3:48 remaining.
But, Wake Forest would not die. It was still an 86-75 Clemson lead with 63 seconds left. But, the Deacs made five three-point goals in the last minute, including a four-point play by Dawson that cut the lead to 86-79. Another three-point goal by Dawson after a Clemson turnover made it 86-82. Wake Forest sent the game into overtime on a three-point goal by Taron Downey with 0.6 seconds left.
After losing an 11-point lead with a minute left, most figured the Tigers would falter in the overtime. Wake Forest did take a 99-96 lead, but Clemson eventually tied the game at 101 on a layup by Chris Hobbs with 55 seconds left. Clemson then had the last shot, but Edward Scott's attempt rimmed out.
Clemson took control in the second overtime, leading 116-111 with 20 seconds left on two free throws by Stockman. Wake Forest scored a field goal by Downey. Clemson could not get the ball in bounds and called timeout, a timeout the Tigers did not have.
Dawson went to the foul line and made two free throws to cut the margin to one point with 13 seconds left. Wake Forest fouled Hobbs on the in-bounds. The sophomore from Chapel Hill had made just 6-17 free throws at that point in the game, but calmly made both to give Clemson a three-point lead. Wake Forest never got off a three-point attempt on its last possession and Clemson had the victory, its first win since January 8th.
Unusual Occurrences of Feb. 13, 2002
Clemson Gains Win in Overtime
Clemson defeated Wake Forest 118-115 in double overtime on Feb. 13 at Littlejohn Coliseum. It was Clemson's first overtime victory since a 78-65 win over Maryland at Littlejohn Coliseum during December of 1997, Rick Barnes's last year at Clemson. Clemson had lost six straight overtime games prior to the Feb. 13 game.
It was Clemson's first double overtime victory since Clemson defeated a 13th-ranked Georgia Tech team in double overtime 97-94 at Littlejohn Coliseum during the 1987-88 season. Overall, it was just the 15th double overtime game in Clemson history. The Tigers are now 9-6 in double overtime games in history. Clemson has played two triple overtime games and lost both. Clemson is now 52-45 all-time in overtime games, including 26-23 in games played at Clemson and 16-14 in overtime games in Littlejohn Coliseum.
Starting Backcourt Scores 60 Points
When Clemson's starting backcourt of Edward Scott and Tony Stockman both scored 30 points against Wake Forest it marked the ninth time in Clemson history that two players had combined for at least 60 points in a game. It was the first time the starting backcourt had scored at least 30 points apiece, and just the second time in school history that two players on the Tiger team had gone for at least 30 in the same game.
The only other time Clemson has had a pair of 30-point scorers in the same game was on Dec. 1, 1993 when Rayfield Ragland scored 32 and Devin Gray added 30 in a 120-103 Clemson victory in Charleston. That was the highest scoring game for two teams combined in Clemson history prior to the game of Feb. 13.
The Clemson record for points scored by two players combined is 74. You have to go back to the first day of Clemson basketball to find that record. On Feb. 9, 1912 J.O. Erwin scored 58 points and J.W. Erwin added 16 in a 78-6 win over the Butler Guards. Apparently the Butler Guards didn't guard anyone that day.
In the modern era, the record for points scored by two Tigers in the same game is 64. Butch Zatezalo scored 46 and Dave Thomas added 18 in a game against Wake Forest on Feb. 18, 1969.
Wake Forest had two players combine for 62 points in the game as Craig Dawson scored 38 and Darius Songaila added 24. It was the most points by two Clemson opponents in the same game since the 1997 NCAA Tournament two Minnesota Players (Jackson and Jacobson) combined for 64. That game also went double overtime.
Career Highs Set vs. Wake Forest
The Clemson vs. Wake Forest game of Feb. 13 might have set a career high for players recording career highs in a single game. Six different players established 16 career highs. Here is a list of player career highs in that game:
Edward Scott-Career-high 11 made field goals, career-high 30 points scored , career -high 16 assists, played a career-high 47 minutes. Tony Stockman-Scored a career-high 30 points, tied a career-high with 10 made free throws, tied a career high with six assists, played a career-high 43 minutes, had a career-low zero turnovers.