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Hobbs Leads Tigers In Purnell's Debut

Posted November 22, 2003 12:33 p.m. EST

— Chris Hobbs scored 17 points Friday, and Clemson kicked off the Oliver Purnell era with a runaway victory, 86-55 over Gardner-Webb.

There was less than a full house at remodeled Littlejohn Coliseum to greet Purnell -- probably because of the annual Clemson-South Carolina football game in Columbia Saturday night.

Gardner-Webb (1-2) and its solid three-point shooters had figured to give the young, untested Tigers a good go. But Purnell's squad went on a 21-to-2 run that turned a tight early game into a rout.

Gardner-Webb hit four three-pointers on the way to lead 14-9. Josh Chiles' basket with 13:34 remaining in the opening half put them ahead 19-18.

Robinson began Clemson's run with a 3-pointer. When Jimmy Hudson, a freshman, banked home an unorthodox three-pointer on his first field goal attempt, the Tigers led 39-21.

Gardner-Webb never got closer than 17 points the rest of the way.