GAME NOTES: Clemson vs. Boston College

Clemson faces Boston College Saturday night at 8 P.M. at Littlejohn Coliseum.

• Cliff Hammonds needs just one steal to become the sixth player in ACC history with at least 1200 points, 400 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals.

• Clemson will be without the services of starting point guard Demontez Stitt for the first time this year when the Tigers take on Boston College. Clemson's fastest player suffered a knee injury in practice on January 30 and had surgery on the 31st. Stitt has averaged 8.9 points and 3.1 assists per game. Sam Perry will take Stitt's place in the Clemson starting lineup and Cliff Hammonds will move to the point guard.

• Trevor Booker suffered a sprained ankle in the first six minutes of the Miami game last Sunday. He is questionable for Boston College, but it could be in a limited capacity. In two career games over 45 minutes against Boston College, Booker has shot 10-15 from the field and has 20 points and 15 rebounds.

• Clemson senior Sam Perry had 10 points and five rebounds in just 13 minutes in the win over Wake Forest. It was his first double figure scoring game since December of 2006 when he scored 10 in a win over Georgia. He followed that up with another solid performance against Miami, scoring five points and pulling in three rebounds in just 13 minutes.

• Clemson has a 4-3 lead in the series with Boston College. The Eagles have never won at Clemson and Clemson has never won at Boston College. The home team has won five in a row in the series. Clemson won the two neutral site games between the two schools.

• Clemson has played four ACC home games so far this year and three of them have gone to overtime. Clemson is 2-1 in those three overtime home games.

• Raymond Sykes made 4-8 shots from the field vs. Miami (FL) and is now 25 of his last 34 from the field, a .735 percentage. Sykes's playing time could increase in the coming games with the injury to Trevor Booker.

• Clemson and Kansas are the only two teams in the nation ranked in the top 20 in steals and blocked shots. Clemson leads the ACC in steals per game.

• Trevor Booker was 34-55 from the field (.636) and averaged 15.8 points per game in ACC play prior to his injury against Miami on Jan. 27.

• Saturday's game with Boston College is Clemson' only home game between Jan.22 and Feb. 13, a 23-day period. After Saturday, Clemson will play six of its next eight games on the road, including trips to Virginia and North Carolina next week.

• The two head coaches in Saturday's game are both in their 20th seasons as head coaches. Clemson's Oliver Purnell has won 341 games and is coaching his 596th career game, while Boston College coach Al Skinner has 346 wins and is coaching his 600th game.

• Clemson is shooting just 63 percent from the foul line this year, but shot 75 percent (15-20) at Miami (Fla).

Clemson vs. Boston College Series
• This will be the eighth meeting between Clemson and Boston College in men's basketball. Clemson has a 4-3 lead in the series that dates to December of 1975. Clemson is 2-0 at home against Boston College and the Eagles are 3-0 in the series in Boston. Clemson has won the two neutral site games.

• Clemson won the first three games by at least double figures, including Oliver Purnell's first season, 2003-04. Boston College then won three in a row until last year. The Eagles won by nine points on Thanksgiving Friday of 2004 and won by six points in 2005-06 in the first ACC meeting between the two programs.

• Last year was the first year the two teams placed twice in one year and there was a home win split.

• Boston College has a 2-1 lead in the series since the Eagles joined the ACC for the 2005-06 season.

• The teams first met on December 29, 1975 in Charlotte, NC in the Charlotte Invitational at the Old Charlotte Coliseum. Tree Rollins led a balanced attack with 18 points, six rebounds and seven blocked shots as Clemson came away with an 80-60 victory. Stan Rome, who would go on to play in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs, had 14 points, while freshman point guard Derrick Johnson added 13 points on 6-7 shooting. Boston College was led by Jeff Bailey with 12 points.

• The following season the two teams again met in a Christmas tournament, this time in Milwaukee, WI at Marquette's holiday tournament. Clemson had just lost the day before to a sixth-ranked Marquette team that would go on to win the national championship in Al McGuire's final year of coaching. Bill Foster's team was motivated to get back on the winning track and they did so by a 128-76 score against the Eagles.

• The 128 points rank as the second highest point total in Clemson history. Clemson led 69-30 at halftime and the 69 points represent the highest scoring first half in Clemson history and tied for the third highest scoring half in school history. Clemson had 33 assists in the game, including 18 by point guard Derrick Johnson, still the second highest individual assist game in school history and the most ever in a game away from home. He also had 16 points and played just 26 minutes.

• Rollins shot 9-9 from the field, the highest perfect shooting game in Clemson history, and scored 23 points to go with 12 rebounds in just 24 minutes of play. The Tigers had a record tying seven players in double figures, including four who scored at least 16 points. Clemson shot 49-86 from the field and the 49 field goals are still the fourth most in Clemson history for a single game. The Tigers had 17 steals and forced 30 Boston College turnovers. Ernie Cobb led Boston College in scoring with 17 points.

• The two schools had a home-and- home contract established before Boston College joined the ACC. In 2003-04, Clemson won 72-62 at Clemson behind an incredible all-around game by Vernon Hamilton, who had 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. He nearly became the second point guard in ACC history to record a triple double.

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