CLEMSON - Freshman sensation Terrence Oglesby talks about Clemson's ACC opener tonight.
Ogelsby Leads Tigers Past ECU
After scoring nine points in the first half, Oglesby helped Clemson (8-0) extend its lead and basically end the game by hitting crucial threes.
The Pirates (3-5) trailed by 14, but within the span of a couple of minutes, he drained three 3-pointers to push Clemson's lead to 60-39 with just over nine minutes to play.
"That's what we recruited him for," Tigers coach Oliver Purnell said during his post-game radio interview. "I told my staff that I thought he was going to go 6-for-7 and I guess I was right."
Demontez Stitt, another freshman for Clemson, added 13 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Even with a poor shooting night by junior K.C. Rivers, the Tigers were red hot from the outside, going 12-of-24 from beyond the arc. Unfortunately, they were horrible again from the free throw line, making just 14-of-25.
With the absence of senior James Mays, the Tigers are relying on Trevor Booker and Raymond Sykes to carry the load. They didn't disappoint as Booker snared 17 rebounds, while Sykes grabbed seven of his own.
Along with the hot shooting of Oglesby, the defense for Clemson is what allowed it to gain that massive advantage.
East Carolina shot just 38.5 percent from the field and had the Tigers outrebound them 50-26.
"I thought we really bottled them up and flat out stopped them to take control of the ballgame," Purnell said. "I was just really pleased with our effort."
David Potter added 12 points for Clemson, while teammates Cliff Hammonds and Rivers added 11 and 10 points respectively.
The Tigers have the next 15 days off before playing in a tournament in Puerto Rico. Purnell said he hopes to have Mays and senior forward Sam Perry back on the court by then.
"Obviously we've got some things we need to work on," Purnell said. "But I'm pretty pleased with where we are right now."
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