Wednesday, January 2, 2008

NEW YEAR’S HOOP

#19 CLEMSON 87, Alabama (Crimson Tide, 25,580 students, Tuscaloosa, AL) 61

Clemson’s pressure defense was more than the Tide could handle leading to a runaway 87-61 Tiger win. The game was actually close into the second half before deteriorating into a mismatch.

Trevor Booker and James Mays scored 18 points each inside and Terrence Oglesby added 17 for the Tigers (12-1), who resumed their domination of the Southeastern Conference.

The result was the worst loss at Coleman Coliseum for the Crimson Tide (10-4) since a 93-60 defeat to LSU in 2000 and the most lopsided home nonconference defeat since losing by 28 to Ohio State in 1970.

Clemson's James Mays (40) goes up for a shot around Alabama defender Richard Hendrix (35) in the first half. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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