Tigers back on the road Friday

CLEMSON - Coach Oliver Purnell believes road games help bring teams a little bit closer.

WHAT: No. 22 Clemson at North Carolina-Greensboro
WHERE: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617) - Greensboro, N.C.
WHEN: Friday, November 20 (7 PM)
SPREAD: Tigers by 20
TV: Fox Sports South

For a second-straight outing, that'll be the case when the Tigers play in the Greensboro Coliseum Friday night.

In the only previous meeting between Clemson and North Carolina-Greensboro, Sharone Wright led the Tigers with a triple-double--just one of four in school history.

Clemson looks to have similar success as the 1992-93 team did--winning 88-62.

"They're a tough team," Purnell said. "They play some zone and they mix defenses. It looks like they'll play a little point, amoeba, some 2-3, maybe some man.

"They're a team that's a little bit older and they look to confuse you."

The Spartans will play home games at Greensboro Coliseum, which is also the host site for this season's ACC Tournament. Friday night's game will be the first time that anyone on the Clemson roster has played a collegiate game at the venue.

Playing in the venue before the tournament was a priority when putting this season's schedule together.

"This was something that we wanted to do, if we could. The opportunity presented itself and we jumped at it," Purnell said.

Both of North Carolina-Greensboro's losses this season have come against ACC opponents--Duke and Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils won 96-62 in Durham and the Hokies won 59-46 in Blacksburg.

Clemson won its second game of the season on Tuesday, dropping Liberty 79-39 on national television.

"I thought our approach from the beginning to the end of the game was good. We were focused and I didn't feel like we had a let down," Purnell said. "The older guys were kind of coaching the younger guys along as they were on the floor. We just had a real good rapport throughout the team."

One of three seniors, David Potter scored a game-high 17 points, going 5-6 from behind the 3-point arc. Purnell believes the key to Potter's big day was that all of the points were assisted.

"Guys were finding the open guy and David was doing a good job of getting down there. He gave us the same kind of offensive spark that Noel Johnson did a couple of games ago," Purnell said.

Having fun and full of confidence, Potter worked hard on his 3-point shooting in the off-season, knowing opposing teams would test Clemson's outside shooting early an often.

"I've been saying, since we lost Terrence Oglesby and K.C. Rivers, we've still got a bunch of shooters," he said. "We've got Noel (Johnson), myself, Milton (Jennings) can shoot, Tanner (Smith) and Andre Young. We've got more shooters than we did last year."

Potter and Smith have each led the Tigers in scoring through two games this season. Purnell believes Trevor Booker will lead the team in points before the end of the season though there will be plenty of opportunities for others to step up and contribute.

"Teams have said, ‘Let's test them to see if they can shoot from the outside, since they've lost so much.' Those guys have made them pay so far," Purnell said.

No. 22 Clemson (2-0)
G #2 Demontez Stitt (6-2,175) - 7.5 PPG, 4.5 APG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 220) - 11.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG
C #45 Jerai Grant (6-8,220) - .5 PPG, 2.5 RPG
F #15 David Potter (6-6,215) - 12.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG
F #35 Trevor Booker (6-7,240) - 11.5 PPG, 10 RPG

North Carolina-Greensboro (0-2)
G #12 Kyle Randall (5-11, 165) - 9.5 PPG, 3 APG
G #4 Mikko Koivisto (6-4, 195) - 9 PPG 2 RPG
F #2 Darius Sellers (6-7, 215)- 2.5 PPG 1 RGP
F #24 Ben Stywall (6-5, 210) - 12.5 PPG, 8 RPG
F #44 Pete Brown (6-6, 245) - 4.5 PPG 3 RPG

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