Notebook: Shooting Woes Continue

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – As the two teams went to intermission with the score tied at 37 apiece, it was widely believed that the outside shooting for the Clemson basketball team couldn't get much worse over the final 20 minutes. Oops.

The Tigers were a woeful 4-of-16 from 3-point range in the first half, but still had a respectable overall shooting percentage of 45.5. But that was the high point of the game as things got drastically worse.

In the second half at Wake Forest Wednesday night, Clemson made its first nine shots from 2-point range, but at the same time had missed its first four attempts from beyond the arc.

The Tigers went to go 1-for-10 from 3-point range in the second half, which makes a grand total of 5-for-26 overall for the game. Ugh.

If that weren't enough, Clemson also missed its last nine shots from the field to close the game.

But that was only one half of the scoring slumps for the Tigers. At the end of the first half, Clemson went four minutes without a single point before Julius Powell scored off an offensive rebound with 1:14 left.

That's four points over the final five minutes of the first half and just three over the final six minutes of the second half. That equates to seven points over 11 minutes.

"It was a bad shooting night and sometimes that happens," Tigers coach Oliver Purnell said. "We haven't turned down those shots all year long and we're not going to."

What the loss means
The Tigers are now 5-6 in the ACC and have 19 wins overall. They are also in a three-way tie for sixth, seventh and eighth with Georgia Tech and Maryland.

Clemson has five games remaining, with three of them coming at home against Duke, which beat the Tigers in Durham earlier in the year, Maryland, which also beat the Tigers earlier in the year at in College Park, and Miami, which hasn't played Clemson yet.

The two road games are at Boston College, which the Tigers beat earlier in the year in Clemson, and Virginia Tech, which hasn't played Clemson yet.

To get to 8-8 in the conference and likely secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament, the Tigers have to get three wins somehow, which certainly won't be easy.

Hot shots
Powell saw five minutes of action, going 1-for-3 from the field and grabbing two offensive rebounds. He's missed games lately due to severe tendonitis in one of his knees. … Six-foot point guard Vernon Hamilton recorded 10 rebounds, which was the highest total for all players. …

Clemson, which entered the game last in the ACC in free throws percentage, and James Mays continue to shoot better from the free throw line. As a team, the Tigers were 8-of-12 from the line, while Mays was 6-of-8. … Wake Forest, which entered the game as the second-worst team in the ACC from the charity stripe, was 18-of-24 from the free throw line.

Guard K.C. Rivers is just 4-of-30 from 3-point range over the last seven games. He was 0-for-6 from beyond the arc against Wake Forest

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