Scores

Final

East Tenn St 72

(1-5, 0-2 A-Sun)

Clemson 80

(8-0, 6-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 9, 2005

    Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, South Carolina

    1 2 T
    ETSU 28 4472
    CLEM 36 4480

    Top Performers

    East Tennessee State: T. Smith 33 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 6 Stl

    Clemson: V. Hamilton 15 Pts, 2 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    Clemson 80, East Tenn. St. 72

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Cliff Hammonds scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Clemson to an 80-72 victory over East Tennessee State Friday night.

    At one point, Hammonds, who entered the game shooting just 16.7 percent from three-point range, scored 10 straight points midway through the second half to push the Tigers (8-0) to a 17-point lead.

    "I never think that I'm not a shooter," said Hammonds, who hit 8-of-14 shots from the field and 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. "I think that every shot I put up is going in. I'm a real patient person."

    But Clemson's sloppy play late, which included turnovers on seven straight possessions, enabled the Buccaneers (1-5) to hang within single digits down the stretch.

    "That's concerning because that's a game where you take care of the ball you've got a chance for a 20- or 25-point game," Tigers coach Oliver Purnell said. "That's a great teaching tape to watch the last six minutes of the game."

    ETSU was led by Tim Smith, who scored a game-high 33 points. At one point, he had 30 of his team's 56 points.

    The Tigers led by 15 early in the second half, but ETSU battled back behind the production of Smith, who scored 10 straight points for the Buccaneers to whittle the lead down to six at 54-48 with 11:21 left to play.

    "We just couldn't get over the hump," ETSU coach Murry Bartow said. "I thought we fought hard, we just couldn't get over the hump."

    Smith also scored 10 straight points in the first half.

    Also in the opening half, 20 of Clemson's 35 field goal attempts were three-pointers, of which it made only four. For the game, the Tigers were 10-of-31 from beyond the arc.

    This marks just the 11th time in school history that the Tigers have won their first eight to start the season.

    "I told the players after the game that where I come from, people get pretty excited about being 8-0," Purnell said. "I can't think of a better way to be. The team has done all it could do to this point. But I think we can play better, and that excites me."

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ETSU
    CLEM
    Points 72 80
    FG Made-Attempted 30-69 (.435) 27-61 (.443)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-13 (.308) 10-31 (.323)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-14 (.571) 16-25 (.640)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 15

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