Sunday , Dec , 31 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Tigers try to scratch out 14th straight win

Clemson, SC (Sports Network) – The 25th-ranked Clemson Tigers put their
undefeated record on the line today, as they host the Georgia State Panthers
in non-conference action from Littlejohn Coliseum.

At a perfect 13-0, Clemson is just one of four undefeated teams remaining
at the Division I level and it is also off to its best start since
beginning 17-0 in 1986-87. Most recently, the Tigers defeated Georgia,
75-60, on Thursday to improve to 8-0 at home. Today’s game will bring the
team’s five-game homestand to a close, as it heads to Florida State to open
up the ACC portion of its schedule on Wednesday.

As for GSU, it has been out of action since dropping a 101-59 decision to
Iowa back on December 20th. It was the third loss in four games for the
Panthers, who dipped to 4-6 overall and 1-4 on the road this season.

As far as the all-time series is concerned, Clemson is a perfect 3-0 versus
GSU, including a 117-59 triumph in the most recent encounter during the 1989-90

The Panthers have struggled to slow down their opponents this season, allowing
them to score 75.9 ppg and shoot 43.9 percent from the field. At the other end
of the court, the team is led by Lance Perique, who is turning in 15.8 ppg and
grabbing 5.6 rpg. Leonard Mendez follows with 11.0 ppg, while Rashad Chase
adds 10.9 ppg and a team-high 7.7 rpg. In the team’s last game, GSU shot a
dismal 34.5 percent from the field and turned the ball over a whopping 25
times in an embarrassing 101-59 setback at Iowa. Chase and Mendez each had 10
points for the Panthers, who are committing 17.5 turnovers per game on the

The Tigers have excelled at the defensive end of the court this season, as
they are holding their opponents to 59.2 ppg and forcing them into 18.5
turnovers per game. The squad is also outrebounding its foes by a solid 9.4
rpg, while averaging a hardy 79.0 ppg itself. K.C. Rivers hasn’t started a
game this season, but that hasn’t stopped him from leading the squad in
scoring with 14.6 ppg. James Mays has been a force in the low post and he is
turning in 12.6 ppg and a team-high 7.7 rpg. Vernon Hamilton adds 11.6 ppg and
a team-high 4.4 apg to this balanced attack, while Cliff Hammonds chips in
with 10.2 ppg. In the squad’s last outing, Clemson forced 25 Georgia turnovers
and it scored 29 points off those miscues in a 15-point win. The Tigers shot
44.8 percent from the floor in the game as well. Trevor Booker, who is
averaging 10.1 ppg and 6.4 rpg on the season, led the way with 14 points and
seven boards, while Hammonds and Rivers each tallied 13.