Tigers Take on S.C. State

Clemson battles another opponent from the MEAC tonight at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Fresh off an impressive win over Coppin State, the Clemson men's basketball team will look to improve to 3-0 on the young season tonight when it faces S.C. State at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM.

S.C. State, the preseason pick to with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship, is 1-2 on the year, having beaten Southern Utah and losing to New Mexico and Mississippi in the Jim Thorpe Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.

Overall, this will be the eighth meeting between Clemson and South Carolina State. The Tigers currently hold a 6-1 lead in the series.

S.C. State gained its only victory over the Tigers during the 1999-00 season by a 71-68 score, but Clemson won the last meeting by a 77-74 score in 2003-04, Oliver Purnell's first year as Clemson's head coach.

Through their first two games, Clemson has six players averaging in double figures. Shawan Robinson, Clemson's leading returning scorer from last year, is also leading the team this year, averaging 14.0 points per game.

Ceneter Akin Akingbala is coming off his best performance of his career Monday against Coppin State when he established career highs in scoring (19) and rebounds (14).

"We are stepping up in class once again," said Purnell of tonight's matchup. "I like that our schedule has been a gradual step up from game to game. S.C. State is a talented team and we look forward to the challenge of playing them."

Wednesday's game is also the last home game for the Tigers until a Dec. 3 matchup with South Carolina. Clemson travels to Charleston Southern Saturday and then to Penn State next Tuesday (Nov. 29) as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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