Final Clemson Basketball Notes

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For the First Time in the 21st Century The

2004-05 Clemson Team...

•Advanced to postseason play.

Clemson played in the NIT for the first time

since the 1998-99 season, the last time

Clemson took part in a tournament.

•Had a break even second half in the

ACC schedule. Clemson was 4-4 in the second

half of the ACC schedule, the first time Clemson

has done that since the 1998-99 season.

•Swept two ACC teams in the same

season for the first time since 1996-97.

Clemson swept Maryland and Florida State this


•Had a 3-0 sweep of Maryland, the

first time Clemson has won three games in the

same year from the same ACC team since 1994

(NC State) and just the fourth time in history.

•Won three of its last four ACC

regular season games to close the regular

season, first time Clemson has done that since


•Made a six-victory improvement over

the previous season, the first time Clemson

has done that since making a six-win

improvement from the previous year since


•Had two game winning shots inside

the last 10 seconds for the first time since the

1986-87 season. Cheyenne Moore made a

three-point goal with 3.4 seconds left at South

Carolina in December and Sharrod Ford had a

dunk at the buzzer to beat Virginia Tech on Mar.


•Won an ACC game on one day’s rest

for the first time since 1992-93. The Tigers

defeated Virginia Tech 66-64 on March 1, just

after beating Florida State on Feb. 27.

•Won two ACC road games for the

first time since the 1997-98 season. Clemson

won at Florida State and at Maryland this year.

Clemson had won just three of its last 48 ACC

road games prior to this year.

•Played seven consecutive road

games that were decided by nine points or less.

Clemson had not gone seven consecutive road

games without a double digit loss since the

1986-87 season.

•Won two road games by two points

or less. Clemson won at South Carolina 63-62

in overtime and at Florida State 56-54. It was

the first time Clemson won two road games by

two points or less in the same year since 1986-


•Posted a winning record in the month

of February. Clemson was 4-3 in February, the

first time since 1997-98 that Clemson had a

winning month of February.

•Won at least six games away from

home, first time Clemson has done that since

1998-99 when Clemson also won six.

Records Established in 2004-05

•Cliff Hammonds became the first

player in Clemson history to be named ACC

Rookie of the Week four times in one year.

•Hammonds established a school

record for starts (31) and minutes played (968)

in a season by a freshman.

•Vernon Hamilton had 68 steals, most

ever by a Clemson sophomore. Hamilton has

118 steals in his two seasons, most ever by a

Clemson player in his freshman and sophomore

seasons combined.

•Sharrod Ford had nine blocked shots

in the win at Maryland on Feb. 22. That was a

single game record for a road game in Clemson

history. The Tigers had 13 blocks as a team in

that game, also a school record for a team in a

road game.

•Clemson had 25 steals in the season

opener against Hampton, a school record for a

single game in Clemson history.

Clemson Single Season Bests List

•Sharrod Ford had 110 offensive

rebounds for the year, 10th best single season

total in Clemson history.

•Shawan Robinson made 69 threepoint

goals, ninth highest single season total in

Clemson total. Robinson’s 69 three-point goals

are second best in Clemson history by a junior.

•Vernon Hamilton had 68 steals,

second highest total in Clemson history, the

most ever by a sophomore. Only Chris

Whitney’s 73 steals in 1992-93 are higher. His

2.16 steals per game rank fourth best in

Clemson history.

•Cliff Hammonds had 60 three-point

goals for the year, second most by a Clemson

freshman. The record is 75 by Tony Stockman

in 2000-01.

•Hammonds had 43 steals, fifth most

by a Clemson freshman.

•Hammonds scord 338 points for the

season, the fourth highest single season total

for a Clemson freshman. The only freshmen

with higher totals were Skip Wise, Tony

Stockman and Terrell McIntyre.

Clemson’s 319 steals rank second

in school history for a season, as does the 9.97

per game.

•Clemson had 166 blocked shots,

seventh best total in Clemson history.

•Clemson made 198 three-point

goals, fifth most in a season in Clemson history.

Clemson Career Rankings

•Sharrod Ford finished his Clemson

career 21st in Clemson history in career scoring

(1154), eighth in rebounding (762), fifth in

blocked shots (177), 12th in games started (87),

17th in minutes played (2823), 11th in games

played (118), 11th in field goal percentage

(.540), and ninth in double-doubles (21).

•Shawan Robinson is shooting .406

for his career on three-point attempts, sixth best

percentage in Clemson history. His 140 career

three-point goals rank sixth in Clemson history

and had 1.59 three-point goals per game stand

eighth in Clemson history.

•Vernon Hamilton is 12th in Clemson

history in steals with 118.

Clemson in ACC rankings, 2004-05

Four different Clemson players

ranked in the top 15 of various ACC stats. The

group was led by Sharrod Ford, who had four

different top five rankings:

Sharrod Ford, Senior, Center

•3rd in rebounding (8.2 R/G)

•3rd in blocked shots (3.44 BS/G)

•5th in field goal percentage (.512)

•3rd in offensive rebounds (3.44)

•15th in scoring (14.9 PPG)

Shawan Robinson, Junior, Guard

•7th in 3-point goals/G (2.16)

•9th in 3-point % (.404)

•13th in assists/game (2.94)

Cliff Hammonds, Freshman, Guard

•15th in assists/G (2.75)

•12th in 3-point goals/G (1.88)

•15th in 3-point goal % (.361)

Vernon Hamilton, Sophomore, Guard

•4th in steals/G (2.13)

•14th in assist/G (2.88)

Clemson Team Rankings (top 5)

•Second in Steals/Game (9.97)

•3rd in blocks/game (5.19)

•Second in Turnovers Forced/G (18.4)

•4th in offensive rebounds/G (14.06)

•5th in scoring defense (69.3 PPG)

2004-05 Men's Basketball 16-16, 5-11 ACC, 1-1 ACC Tournament, 0-1 NIT

Date Day Site W-L Score Opponent Attend
11/19 Fri H W 98-54 Hampton 6,700
11/23 Tues H W 78-59 UNC Asheville 5,500
11/26 Fri A L 70-79 Boston College 7,182
12/01 Wed H W 80-73 Ohio State 7,800
12/04 Sat A W-OT 63-62 South Carolina 17,828
12/11 Sat H W 73-55 Charleston Southern 5,500
12/14 Tues H W 83-56 Norfolk State 5,100
12/17 Fri H W 76-52 The Citadel 5,100
12/21 Tues N1 L 66-78 UAB N/A
12/22 Wed N1 W 83-57 Indiana State N/A
12/23 Thurs N1 L 60-75 Georgetown 6,227
12/29 Wed H W 74-40 East Carolina 5,300
01/02 Sun A L 54-62 Duke (6,6) 9,314
01/08 Sat H L 68-103 Wake Forest (4,3) 9,700
01/12 Wed A W 56-54 Florida State 7,293
01/15 Sat A L 57-59 Virginia Tech 9,847
01/19 Wed H L 58-77 North Carolina (6,6) 10,000
01/22 Sat A L 79-81 Virginia 7,838
01/26 Wed A L 65-69 Miami 5,262
01/29 Sat H L 70-80 North Carolina State 7,500
02/01 Tues H W 88-73 Maryland (22,24) 6,700
02/08 Tues H L 62-70 Georgia Tech 7,600
02/12 Sat H L 77-83 Miami 7,500
02/16 Wed N2 W 59-42 Georgia 7,500
02/19 Sat A L 56-88 North Carolina (4,4) 20,323
02/22 Tues A W 97-93 Maryland 17,950
02/27 Sun H W 83-79 Florida State 7,000
03/01 Tues H W 66-64 Virginia Tech 7,400
03/05 Sat A L 56-64 Georgia Tech 9,191
ACC Tournament
03/10 Thurs N3 W 84-72 Maryland 20,301
03/11 Fri N3 L 81-88 North Carolina (2,2) N/A
03/16 Wed A L 74-82 Texas A&M 8,532
N1-Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic; Stan Sheriff Center, University of Hawaii N2-BILO Center, Greenville, SC N3-ACC Tournament; MCI Center, Washington D.C.


#33 F Akin Akingbala 6-9 220
#4 C Steve Allen 6-10 230
#12 F Olu Babalola 6-6 242
#5 F Sharrod Ford 6-9 223
#3 G Vernon Hamilton 6-0 192
#25 G Cliff Hammonds 6-3 175
#21 G Jimmy Hudson 6-4 190
#20 G Troy Mathis 6-0 200
#44 F James Mays 6-9 215
#15 F Cheyenne Moore 6-6 190
#32 F Sam Perry 6-5 190
#22 G Shawan Robinson 6-2 183

Coaching Staff

Oliver Purnell Old Dominion '75
Ron Bradley Eastern Nazarene '74
Frank Smith Old Dominion '88
Kevin Nickleberry Virginia Wesleyan '86
Ben D'Alessandro Providence '95
Tim Heskett Oklahoma '01

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