Clemson University

Tigers' basketball team puts on a show for fans

The Clemson men's basketball team scrimmaged to a 76-76 tie over the weekend, entertaining a Littlejohn Coliseum crowd with 40 minutes of free intrasquad hoops.

Freshman Terrence Oglesby hit two free throws for the Purple squad with 0.9 seconds to play, cementing the tie. Fouled on a 3-point attempt, Oglesby missed his first shot but hit the next two, capping his scoring at a game-high 21 points.

Junior guard K.C. Rivers led the Orange team with 19 points and nine rebounds. His jumper just inside the 3-point line gave the Orange team a short-lived advantage before Oglesby was fouled.

Raymond Sykes (15 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks) and James Mays (18 points, nine rebounds) helped lead the Purple while Trevor Booker (17 points) and freshman Jerai Grant (12 points) stood out for the Orange.

Clemson, which is ranked in the preseason Top 25, was picked to finish fourth in the ACC behind North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State in the league's annual preseason voting last week. The Tigers begin the season with an exhibition against Augusta State on Nov. 6 before playing Furman Nov. 12 in their first regular-season game.

• HONORED: South Carolina goalie Laura Armstrong was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week and a member of Top Drawer's Soccer Team of the Week after recording two shutouts last week. Armstrong earned her second career SEC award by blanking Auburn and Alabama.

It was only the fourth time in school history a USC goalie shut out a ranked SEC opponent, and the win helped catapult USC back into the Top 25. The Gamecocks checked in at No. 25 for their school-record sixth week in the polls this season.

• REMEMBER ME?: Former Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst presented his alma mater with a $50,000 check for its WestZone initiative over the weekend, becoming the fourth former Tiger football player to contribute. Whitehurst, in his second year with San Diego as a backup quarterback, joined Michael Dean Perry, Justin Miller and Chester McGlockton as players who have given money to the project.

Whitehurst set 46 records during his Clemson career, including total offense, passing yards and touchdowns. He is also the only quarterback in the history of the USC-Clemson series to ever post four victories over the rival school, beating the Gamecocks each year from 2002-05.

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