CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Sharrod Ford scored 20 points, grabbed 10
rebounds and blocked five shots to lead Clemson to an 80-73 victory
over Ohio State on Wednesday night.
Olu Babalola returned from a two-game suspension with 17 points
and eight rebounds for the Tigers (3-1). Cliff Hammonds and Shawan
Robinson added 14 points apiece. Robinson also had a game-high
Former Clemson standout Tony Stockman led Ohio State (5-2) with
22 points. Stockman, who transferred to the Buckeyes after the
2001-02 season, scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half even
though he was booed just about every time he touched the
basketball. He finished 4 of 5 from behind the arc.
Ivan Harris had 15 points, all of them coming from 3-point range
and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham added 14 for the Buckeyes, who were 15 of
25 from 3-point range and have made 32 shots from behind the arc in
their last two games.
The Tigers took a different tact, pounding the ball inside to
Ford. Clemson outrebounded Ohio State 37-27 and outscored the
Buckeyes by 15 points at the free throw line.
Trailing 65-60 with less than five minutes remaining, the Tigers
went on an 8-0 run to take a 68-65 lead with 3:52 left.
Robinson hit two free throws with 36.7 seconds remaining and
Clemson went ahead 74-67. The Tigers made 8 of 10 from the line in
the final minute.
Clemson closed the half with a 10-1 run to cut Ohio State's lead
to one at 36-35.