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Men's Basketball

Temple to Face Clemson in Charleston Classic Championship on Sunday

CHARLESTON, S.C. - In a rematch of the 2008 Gildan Charleston Classic Championship, Temple men's basketball will face Clemson in this year's title game on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2 /1210 AM WPHT). Both teams are undefeated so far this season with the Tigers standing at 4-0 and the Owls at 2-0.

Scouting Temple
> Temple is looking to win its first-ever tournament title at the Charleston Classic in its third appearance, having so far taken down Old Dominion 76-65 and Auburn 88-74. The Owls went 2-1 in both prior appearances in Charleston.
> If the Owls beat Clemson, they would claim their second straight regular season tournament title (NIT Season Tip-Off in 2016-17) after previously not winning one since the 1998-99 season.
> Behind a 56-point second half that saw their best shooting in almost three years (67.9 percent), the Owls toppled Auburn on Friday. Senior forward Obi Enechionyia led four players who scored in double figures, recording his fourth career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
>Enechionyia has 986 career points, needing just 14 to become the 52nd player in program history to reach 1,000 points.
> The Owls held off ODU in their season opener on Thursday behind 23 points from Shizz Alston, Jr. and 20 from Quinton Rose. Alston hit 5-of-8 from long range vs. ODU, and Rose did the same vs. Auburn, finishing with 19 points to tie Enechionyia for game-high honors.
> Alston has hit 4-of-4 at the line in both contests, and has now made 36 free throws in a row dating back to Dec. 28, 2016. He led The American last season with a free-throw percentage of 86.8.

Scouting Clemson
> Clemson is 4-0 to start the season, advancing to the Charleston Classic Championship by way of wins over Ohio (81-76) and Hofstra (78-59).
> The Tigers are coming off a 17-16 season that ended with a loss to Oakland in the NIT First Round.
> Clemson returned just two starters from last year, including current leading scorer Donte Grantham, averaging 18.3 ppg.
> Grantham, a senior forward, is one of five Tigers averaging double figures in scoring through four games. 
> The Tigers went 6-10 in the ACC last season, and have been picked to finish 13th of 15 teams in 2017-18.

All-Time Series
> Temple and Clemson are tied 2-2 in the all-time series, with the Tigers winning the last two meetings, both in the Charleston Classic. Clemson won in the first game in 2013, 72-58, and won the championship game, 76-72 in 2008.
> The Owls' last win came in 1991 by a score of 71-52 at Clemson. 
> The teams first met in the 1981 NIT, with the Owls winning 90-82 at Clemson.
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