Tigers Double Up North Florida
Trevor Booker

Posted Dec 16, 2008

No. 25 Clemson defeats North Florida 76-36 to improve to 11-0 on the season. Trevor Booker led the Tigers with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.

Clemson - North Florida Box Score

Clemson didn't open this game like an undefeated team, struggling with winless North Florida (0-8) for a good part of the opening half.

Germaine Sparkes' basket put the Ospreys up 13-12 about 8 minutes in and the game was tied 17-all after DeVon Jones scored on an easy basket.

That's when the Tigers took control, outscoring the Ospreys 20-5 the rest of the half.

Terrence Oglesby got things going with a jumper, Demontez Stitt made three free throws and freshman Tanner Smith hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to 29-19.

Booker then scored five consecutive points as Clemson increased its lead to 33-20.

“There were different parts of the ball game that I really liked," head coach Oliver Purnell said afterwards. "I didn’t like the way we started, but I liked the way we went into the half and came out of the half. I liked the way we sustained our defensive effort.

"Clearly we were better, and clearly we out-manned them, there isn’t any question about that, but it needs to be about attitude and mindset, and I thought we did play better than we did the other night and that’s important."

Oglesby finished the burst right before halftime, making two free throws after a hard shot from Eni Cuka knocked him to the court.

Booker pretty much had his way with the smaller, slower Ospreys. He was 6-of-9 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free throw line.

Kyle Groothuis had nine points and seven rebounds for the Ospreys, who shot just 16 percent (4-of-25) in the second half.

Oglesby and Raymond Sykes added 10 points each for Clemson, which figures to face a sterner test Sunday to keep its streak going in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Miami.

"Clearly we’re going to have to play better on Sunday. We’ve got a lot of preparation before we go down to Miami and play an excellent basketball team," Purnell said. "The first order of business is to get some rest, and then start our preparation in the three days after that.

"Normally I don’t prefer to play ACC games before Christmas, but it’s scheduled that way and I’m excited about it. It’s going to be a test.”

With Tuesday night's win, theTigers are now 49-0 under coach Oliver Purnell over the past four seasons in games played before Dec. 22.

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