Sunday , Mar , 04 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Hokies host Tigers in regular-season finale

Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) – A couple of teams with the same record
conclude their regular season campaigns today, as the Clemson Tigers do
battle with the 21st-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies in ACC play from the
Cassell Coliseum.

The Tigers enter the tilt on a high note, as they outlasted Miami-Florida,
74-70, in overtime on Wednesday. The win put the breaks on a four-game slide
and gave Clemson 20 wins in a season for the first time since 1998-99. The
team however, is still well under .500 in league play at 6-9 and that
has certainly been a disappointment for this club which went 14-0 against
non-conference opponents.

As for Virginia Tech, it had a chance to gain control of first place in the
ACC standings against Virginia on Thursday, but it didn’t have enough in a
69-56 setback. The loss snapped a brief two-game win streak and dropped the
club to 20-9 overall. Despite the loss, the Hokies are still in the hunt for
the second-seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament, as they are currently tied
with North Carolina and Boston College for second place at 10-5.

In terms of the all-time series, Virginia Tech owns a 10-7 edge over
Clemson, but the Tigers have won two of the last three meetings.

Despite converting only 59.0 percent of their free-throw attempts this season,
the Tigers have been able to average a solid 73.3 ppg. K.C. Rivers leads this
attack with 13.0 ppg and he is also collecting 4.0 rpg. James Mays is hot on
his trail with 12.9 ppg and he also has team-highs of 6.7 rpg and 59 steals to
his credit. Vernon Hamilton chips in with 12.3 ppg, while Cliff Hammonds adds
11.2 ppg and a team-high 4.1 apg. In the team’s last game, Mays notched a
double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in leading Clemson to a four-
point overtime win against Miami. Rivers finished with 14 points for the
Tigers, who shot 49.1 percent from the field. The team however, could have
made things a lot easier on itself if it didn’t shoot a dismal 14-of-31 at the
foul line.

The Hokies have four players averaging in double figures at the moment and
they have all have played a role in the team’s solid scoring average of 73.0
ppg. Zabian Dowdell leads the way with 18.1 ppg and he also has 62 steals to
his name. Deron Washington adds 11.8 ppg and a club-best 5.6 rpg to the mix,
while Jamon Gordon contributes 11.2 ppg and team-highs of 4.4 apg and 72
steals. A.D. Vassallo rounds out the double-figure scorer with 11.1 ppg. In
the squad’s previous contest, Virginia Tech shot a lackluster 36.2 percent
from the floor and made just 2-of-15 three pointers, as it dropped a 13-point
decision at Virginia. Dowdell was the only player on the team to reach double
figures, finishing with 17 points.