Originally created 11/30/03

Clemson tops Wofford in men's basketball



CLEMSON, S.C. -- Sharrod Ford scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Clemson to an 84-77 victory against Wofford Saturday.

Ford scored eight points during the Tigers' 17-2 run to take a 66-61 lead with 6:44 left in the game. Clemson (3-0) trailed 59-49 early in the second half.

Wofford's Greg Taylor hit a 3-pointer to cut the Clemson lead to 75-72 with 2:30 remaining. But Clemson's Olu Babalola scored and then made a free throw to push the Tiger lead back to 78-72 with 1:52 left.

The Tigers closed out the game by making 6 of 8 free throws in the final 43.2 seconds. Wofford (1-2) led 41-37 at the half.

The Tigers also were led by Babalola with 17 points, Vernon Hamilton with 15 points, Chris Hobbs with 13, and Chey Christie with 10. Hobbs also had 12 rebounds, eight off the offensive glass.

Justin Stephens led Wofford with 20 points. Adrien Borders scored 17 and Howard Wilkerson chipped in 11 for the Terriers. Clemson shot 53 percent from the field while limiting Wofford to just 39 percent.

Both teams had rough games at the free throw line. The Tigers made just 17-of-39 from the line, while the Terriers made just 9 of 17. Wofford did not have one player with more than 10 rebounds but won the boards anyway, 47-44.