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Clemmons fights jitters in first college start

[ 0 ] December 1, 2012 |

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IOWA CITY, Ia. – Anthony Clemmons made the first start of his college basketball career Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“I can’t lie,” Clemmons said after Iowa’s 88-59 victory against TexasA. And M.-Corpus Christi at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. “I was kind of nervous.”

Clemmons got off to a rocky start, but it wasn’

t a disastrous debut.

“He was a little nervous,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “He had the jitters at the start. But he settled down. I thought he was good the second half.”

Clemmons finished the game with five assists to one turnover and a blocked shot. He missed his only shot from the field and was off on three of four free throws, too, while playing 21 minutes.

Clemmons started at the point, with Mike Gesell sliding to shooting guard and Devyn Marble dropping down to small forward.

Clemmons, from Lansing, Mich., has the nickname Sapp. He was a pudgy kid and Warren Sapp was his favorite football player.

“I even wore his number, 99,” Clemmons said.

Clemmons has played without fear off the bench this season. Starting might have added some nerves, but it also helped him reach a goal.

“This is something I’ve been striving for since I got here,” Clemmons said. “I’ve just got to be more relaxed and come out aggressive.”

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