Clemson Stays Undefeated

The Clemson Tigers continued their hot start to the 2002-03 season Saturday afternoon, holding back the Liberty Flames by a score of 78-65. Edward Scott led the way with 16 points and 11 assists to help lift Clemson to a perfect 8-0 record. Ray Henderson led the Tigers on the boards with 7 rebounds.

It's the most successful starting run for Clemson basketball since the start of the 1996-96 season, when the Tigers won their first 11 games.

Sharrod Ford added 14 points for Clemson at the Civic Center of Anderson. Ray Henderson and Chey Christie added 11 points apiece for the Tigers.

Liberty (5-5) was led by Jason Sarchet with a game-high 22 points.

But the Flames had no answers for Clemson's inside game, which won the rebounding battle 41-20. Henderson led the way with seven rebounds, while Scott, Ford and Chris Hobbs had six each.

The Tigers can go 4-0 against members of the Big South Conference - they've previously defeated Winthrop and High Point - this year when they meet Coastal Carolina on Tuesday.

Scott's 11 assists gave him 486 for his career and moved him past Derrick Johnson into third all-time behind Grayson Marshall and Terrell McIntyre. While Scott has a strong chance to catch McIntyre's second-place total of 577 this season, Marshall's mark of 857 is likely out of reach.

The Flames quickly fell behind 18-5 on Henderson's foul shot with 10:27 to go before halftime. They could not catch up.

The Tigers' lead reach 20 for the first time, 49-29, on Ford's layup with 14:18 left.

It was not the soundest game Clemson played. The Tigers came in averaging about 11 turnovers a game, but hit that mark in the first half.

However, Liberty shot just 38 percent (22-of-58) for the game against Clemson's zone. Top Stories