Wounded Tigers Face B.C.

CLEMSON – Any minute now, Oliver Purnell expects a guest appearance Dr. Hawkeye Pierce from the television show MASH at a practice because his Clemson basketball team is nothing short of walking wounded.

WHAT: Boston College (12-7, 3-3 ACC) at Clemson (15-5, 3-3 ACC)
WHEN: 8 p.m., Saturday
WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum
SPREAD: N/A (was Clemson -11)
TV: None


Forward James Mays has a myriad of problems, including his slow healing, broken left hand. Forward Trevor Booker has a bad high ankle sprain and point guard Demontez Stitt had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus.

Mays will play Saturday night against Boston College, while Booker is very questionable and Stitt is out.

"The bad part is that we've got another important player for us that has gone down," Purnell said. "But I guess the good part is this team has had to deal with that this year and done well."

Senior Cliff Hammonds, who leads the team with 4.0 assists per game, will switch from shooting guard to run the point, which mean small forward K.C. Rivers and his team-leading 15.3 points per game will move to shooting guard. He will also run the point when Hammonds needs a breather.

Starting at small forward is senior Sam Perry, who has been in the starting lineup 62 times over the course of his career. However, it will be his first start this season.

"Obviously guys are going to have to step up," Perry said. "It's tough because we keep losing key guys. No one is going to cry for us and fee sorry for us. Our opponents don't care who's on the floor. They're going to come after us."

Booker is expected to start, but it's not sure how long he will be able to play or how effective he will be.

Also, Purnell said that in the final minutes of the game to expect to see Terrence Oglesby at the shooting guard and Rivers back at small forward.

"We felt pretty good about being 10 deep," Purnell said. "But depending on Booker, we'll be eight or nine deep. We did that most of last year, so we're used to that."

It's not the ideal situation for the Tigers heading into a very important home game. They need to win the rest of their home games and they will be favored to do as much.

A win against the Eagles would do wonders for separating Clemson from the jumbled pack of teams near the .500 mark.

"I'm still upset about what happened at Miami," Perry said. "We cold have been out of the pack. Now's the time when teams start separating themselves from everybody else."

Boston College (12-7, 3-3 ACC)
G 4 Tyrese Rice (6-1, 190) 20.0 ppg, 5.1 apg
G 15 Rakim Sanders (6-5, 225) 12.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg
C 44 Tyrelle Blair (6-11, 242) 6.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg
F 21 Tyler Roche (6-7, 220) 5.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg
F 32 John Oates (6-10, 255) 3.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg

Clemson (15-4, 3-2 ACC)
G 25 Cliff Hammonds (6-3, 200) 10.4 ppg, 4.0 apg
F 1 K.C. Rivers (6-5, 215) 15.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg
C 35 Trevor Booker (6-7, 240) 12.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg
F 40 James Mays (6-9, 230) 11.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg
F 32 Sam Perry (6-5, 215) 2.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg

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