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Teamwork keeps Clemson on a roll

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© St. Petersburg Times
published December 8, 2002

ANDERSON, S.C. -- The new word at Clemson is balance.

After several seasons with one go-to guy and four trying to get him the ball, the Tigers had six players score in double figures for the second time in four games as they beat Maine 73-61 on Saturday.

"We don't have people capable of making a lot of points, but we have a lot of people capable of making good points," Clemson coach Larry Shyatt said. "That's good teamwork on offense."

Edward Scott led with 17 points. Olu Babalola had 12 points, Ray Henderson added 10 points and 12 rebounds and Sharrod Ford had 10 points and eight rebounds as Clemson (4-0) reached its best start in six seasons.

"You can't just gear up your defense to stop just one or two people," Scott said. "You have to play everybody."

Maine was led by Kevin Reed's 18 points. Justin Rowe, playing his first game this season after serving a five-game suspension, scored 12 on 6-of-6 shooting and had seven rebounds.

The Black Bears tried to get the ball inside to Rowe more, but Henderson, Babalola and Chris Hobbs denied him the ball.

"They kept their strong bodies on him and kept him off the block," Maine coach John Giannini said. "They also had pretty good help down on him."

GA. TECH 67, MARIST 53: Ed Nelson scored 14 and freshman Chris Bosh had 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Yellow Jackets took advantage of their size against the Red Foxes at Madison Square Garden.

SEC

GEORGIA 78, CAL 73 (OT): Ezra Williams scored 23 including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime, as the Bulldogs advanced at the John Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Calif.

The Golden Bears outscored Georgia 12-7 over the final 61/2 minutes of regulation, and Cal's Brian Wethers made a free throw to tie it at 69 with 14 seconds left.

VANDY 66, TULANE 46: Brian Thornton scored a career-high 20 and the host Commodores survived a season low in points. The Green Wave, which lost its second straight, also scored a season low and failed to make a 3-point shot in 13 attempts.

LSU 93, McNEESE ST. 72: Jaime Lloreda scored 23 and Ronald Dupree 22, and the host Tigers used a 12-2 run during the final 3:58 of the first half to take a 40-29 lead.

C-USA

LOUISVILLE 90, S. ALABAMA 79: Reece Gaines scored a season-high 26 and Ellis Myles had 13 rebounds to lead the host Cardinals. Luke Whitehead added 17 points for Louisville, which overcame 18 turnovers by shooting 53 percent (31-of-58).

IOWA 65, SO. MISS 63: Chauncey Leslie scored 20, but it was clutch late free-throw shooting that lifted the Hawkeyes in the championship game of the Hawkeye Challenge. Iowa shot 80 percent from the line and was 10-of-12 in the final six minutes, when the lead changed hands seven times.

DePAUL 73, FAIRFIELD 45: Delonte Holland scored 20 for the second straight game to lead all scorers as the host Blue Demons improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 1990-91 season.

HOUSTON 60, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 59: The Mavericks' Mack Callier missed a free throw with three seconds left as the host Cougars held on.

TCU 72, BAYLOR 64: Junior Blount hit two 3-pointers and Corey Santee added another to spark a late 17-2 run as the visiting Horned Frogs rallied.

DAVIDSON 75, CHARLOTTE 56: Peter Anderer scored 21, all in the first half, as the host Wildcats beat their cross-county rivals for the first time in six years.

SAINT LOUIS 57, TEXAS-PAN AM 42: Marque Perry scored 20 and Chris Braun 16 off the bench for the Billikens, who made two field goals in the final 8:80 but hit 14 of 17 free throws to snap a two-game home losing streak.

ECU 75, ODU 67: Gabriel Mikulas scored 22, including two key free throws with 16 seconds left, and the visiting Pirates shot 62 percent in the first half.

MEMPHIS 72, FURMAN 55: John Grice had 16 points and eight rebounds for the host Tigers, who opened the second half with a 23-4 run as the Paladins missed nine of their first 11 shots.

State

MONT. ST. 64, JU 55: Bo Segeberg had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bobcats in the consolation round of the Hawkeye Challenge.

FAMU 55, UCF 54: The host Rattlers benefited from a rare missed free throw by Ray Abellard, who went in shooting 93 percent from the line.

SAMFORD 64, FIU 54: J. Robert Merritt made five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 23, and the Bulldogs made 16 of 17 free throws in the final 3:14 in the consolation game of the Pizza Hut Classic in Springfield, Mo.

JACKSONVILLE ST. 101, STETSON 82 (OT): Jay Heard scored 23, and the host Gamecocks recovered after blowing a 23-point second-half lead to win their fourth in a row.

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