Clemson University

Clemson men's basketball team has no problem disposing of Terriers

CLEMSON -- That was one way for Clemson to show its fans that this year's "Above and Beyond" theme was not just lip service.

Mounting the largest margin of victory in Oliver Purnell's five-plus seasons as coach qualifies as beyond.

The Tigers routed Wofford 93-40 in their home opener Wednesday, posting the program's widest winning margin since 1990.

"Just the fact that we were able to impose our will was good for us," sophomore guard Terrence Oglesby said.

Truth be told, Clemson (4-0) seemingly could have imposed just about anything on the Terriers (0-2) and still emerged with their 12th win in the two teams' last 13 meetings.

Oglesby led the charge with 15 points as the Tigers shot 52.3 percent and dominated the final 30 minutes.

Senior center Raymond Sykes continued his stellar start as a lineup newcomer, posting 14 points and eight rebounds on an array of dunks and put-backs, while junior guard K.C. Rivers added 13 points.

Reserve forward Noah Dahlman notched 14 points as the only player in double figures for Wofford, which put a scare into the team Purnell last coached -- Dayton -- in a 52-49 defeat Sunday.

Purnell cautioned the Tigers about being lured into a jump-shooting game, but once Clemson figured out it could get whatever shot it desired, the Terriers stood no chance.

Wofford shot 27.1 percent, and its point total marked the fewest the Tigers have surrendered since S.C. State was limited to 38 in a November 2005 romp.

"The major reason I was pleased with the way we played was we got better as the game went on," Purnell said.

The game was tied at 14 with nine minutes left in the half before Clemson blew the doors off with a 25-5 run.

A three-point play by Sykes kickstarted a quick 7-0 surge. Then Clemson delivered the decisive dagger on a rare six-point possession in which junior center Trevor Booker hit a lay-in, was intentionally fouled, drained both free throws, and guard Demontez Stitt followed with a fadeaway jumper on the ensuing possession.

"From that point on, we really found a rhythm offensive, and obviously we forced them into a poor shooting night," Purnell said. "The fact we didn't have a let-up was good."

Clemson travels to play Charlotte on Saturday.

Clemson 93

Wofford 40