Marist (2-3) vs. Clemson (3-1)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 25, 11:30 a.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (5,000) -- Orlando,
Florida. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Marist 0-1, Clemson 1-0. Away Record:
Marist 1-1, Clemson 1-0. Neutral Record: Marist 1-1, Clemson 1-1. Conference
Record: Marist 0-0, Clemson 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Following up a huge defensive effort on Friday, the Marist Red
Foxes find themselves back in action on Sunday against the Clemson Tigers in
the championship round of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando.
Marist has just two wins through the first five games of the season, the first
being a relatively close call against Columbia on the road, 67-62, last
weekend. Two days ago, the squad belittled Vanderbilt by holding the
Commodores to a mere 33 points in a 17-point victory. It was the first-ever
win for Marist against an opponent from the SEC, the points allowed also being
the fewest in program history. The previous mark versus Division I competition
was 35 points, while overall it was 34 points, registered back on Nov. 26,
1985 against Suffolk in a 69-34 victory.
Meanwhile, the Tigers have three wins in their first four outings, but scored
a season-low against nationally-ranked Gonzaga, 57-49, in one of the earlier
rounds of this tournament. Following that setback, Clemson responded by
capturing a 69-48 win over the UTEP Miners on Friday.
This is the first-ever meeting between these two schools on the hardwood.
The effort at the defensive end of the floor by the Red Foxes was legendary
versus the Commodores, limiting the squad to a mere 14-of-61 (.230) shooting
from the floor and 2-of-20 (.100) beyond the arc. Marist opened the meeting on
an 8-0 run and never looked back as Devin Price and Isaiah Morton both scored
13 points and cleared four rebounds, but they also turned the ball over four
times apiece and combined to shoot only 6-of-18 behind the three-point line.
Jay Bowie accounted for only four points, but he did handle the action on the
glass with 12 rebounds for a group that hit on a mere 36.7 percent from the
field and 5-of-13 at the charity stripe. A low-scoring team by nature this
season, the Red Foxes are putting up only 55.6 ppg, compared to 63.2 ppg
allowed to the opponents even with the game against Vandy. Price leads the
group with his 12.0 ppg, but his shooting from the floor has been horrendous
at only 26.8 percent.
Clemson scored the first points of the game against the Miners and never
looked back, shooting 56.0 percent from the floor in the first half which
included an incredible 10-of-12 effort behind the three-point line. The Tigers
finished the outing 12-of-16 on the perimeter, the 75.0 percent accuracy much
higher than the squad's 52.3 percent from the floor overall. Milton Jennings
scored 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while K.J. McDaniels
contributing another 17 points and six boards as the duo combined to make all
but one of nine chances from the outside. Devin Booker cleared a team-best 10
rebounds, but also turned the ball over five times. Jennings (11.3 ppg) and
McDaniels (11.0 ppg) are the lone double-digit scorers over the course of four
games for Clemson. Defensively, this group is limiting opponents to only 51.0
ppg, those teams converting just 12-of-44 beyond the arc.
Given the efforts both of these teams put forth in their last outings, this
meeting could be another low-scoring affair. Chances are the Red Foxes won't
be able to reach that same lofty level, which means Clemson gets the edge.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Clemson 62, Marist 55
11/25 10:42:08 ET
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