Tigers look to remain undefeated

CLEMSON - The cold shooting Winthrop Eagles visit Littlejohn Coliseum Monday night to take on the 22nd ranked Clemson Tigers.

WHAT: Winthrop at No. 22 Clemson
WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) - Clemson, S.C.
WHEN: Monday, November 23 (7:30 PM)
TV: None

Through three games this season, Randy Peele's team has shot 34 percent from the field and 13 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Peele is in his third year as Winthrop's head coach, after taking over for Gregg Marshall, who left for Wichita State. Marshall put the Eagle's basketball program on the college basketball map, leading Winthrop to seven NCAA Tournament appearances--thanks to automatic births from winning the Big South. As an 11 seed in 2007 NCAA Tournament, Winthrop knocked off Notre Dame in the first-round. Senior forward Mantoris Robinson is the only remaining player from that team.

Peele guided Winthrop back to the NCAA Tournament in his first-year as head coach--it was the Eagle's fourth straight trip to the dance. That streak ended last season as Winthrop finished 11-19 and was knocked out in the first-round of the Big South Tournament.

Junior forward Charles Corbin led Winthrop in scoring and rebounding last season. He was suspended indefinitely before the season started but has continued to practice. His return to the floor for games is unknown.

On Nov. 14, Winthrop won its season opener 57-55 over Limestone College thanks to a buzzer-beating layup by Robinson. The bucket capped the Eagle's 11-2 run over the final two minutes of the game.

Three days later College of Charleston beat Winthrop 69-57. Sophomore guard Andre Jones, who scored 15 against Limestone, again led the Eagles in scoring with 11.

Winthrop defeated USC Upstate by a score of 49-46 on Saturday. Red-shirt freshman guard/forward Gideon Gamble came off the bench to score 12.

Jones leads Winthrop with 11.3 points/game. Robinson leads the team in rebounding (8.3/game). Sophomore point guard Reggie Middleton leads the team eight assists and eight steals. But he has also committed nine turnovers, which ties him with Robinson for the most on the team.

Clemson improved to 3-0 with an 89-67 win at North Carolina-Greensboro on Friday. Oliver Purnell's team was led by Trevor Booker, who scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Milton Jennings scored a career-high 14. David Potter ranks second on the team in scoring (12 points/game) and has back-to-back double figure efforts for the second time in his career. He scored a career-high 17 versus Liberty last Tuesday.

Andre Young is off to a hot start this season, averaging 10 points and 4 assists per game. He leads the team with 11 steals and is second in 3-point shooting (54.5 percent).

The Tigers defeated Presbyterian and Liberty in the first two games. Clemson is 76-9-1 against Big South teams at home. One of those nine losses came at the hands of Winthrop. In 2001-02, the Tigers lost 66-61.

The most recent meeting between Clemson and Winthrop took place in the Anderson Civic Center in 2002. The Tigers won 78-61.

Winthrop's known around the Big South for playing quality defense in man-to-man and from the zone. Robinson has been the team's best on-ball defender since he was a sophomore. He can guard any position on the floor, with the exception of the five.

Winthrop (2-1)
G #21 Andre Jones (6-2,177) - 11.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG
G #4 Reggie Middleton (6-1,190) - 3.3 PPG, 2.7 APG
C #15 Andy Buechert (6-9,232) - 6.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG
F #5 Matt Morgan (6-8,224) - 5.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG
F #33 Mantoris Robinson (6-5,200) - 7.7 PPG, 8.3 RPG

No. 22 Clemson (3-0)
G #2 Demontez Stitt (6-2,175) - 6.3 PPG, 4.7 APG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 220) - 10.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG
C #45 Jerai Grant (6-8,220) - 3.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG
F #15 David Potter (6-6,215) - 12 PPG, 2.3 RPG
F #35 Trevor Booker (6-7,240) - 13.3 PPG, 9.7 RPG

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