Clemson’s streak ends with loss at Florida State
Clemson made 3-pointers early against No. 22 Florida State. The
Seminoles made them all game.
Andre Young and K.J. McDaniels both scored 16 points and Devin
Booker had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Clemson, but the Tigers
lost 80-72 when they couldn’t overcome Florida State’s 11-of-19
effort from beyond the 3-point arc.
Clemson (16-14, 8-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) managed four
3-pointers in the first half while the Seminoles were 8 of 11 from
long range in taking a 49-33 halftime lead.
”For whatever reason, defensively I thought we were awful in
the first half,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. ”Some of that
was because of them – they were really ready to play. When you make
shots like that, the momentum really starts to build. It was
difficult for us.”
The Tigers had won three straight games and five of six, but
never led after Florida State’s Bernard James made a layup with
17:53 left in the first half.
They trailed by as many as 16 points, 56-40 with 14:36 left, and
were still down by 10 with 3:38 to go. But the Tigers went on a
late 10-1 run, with McDaniels’ two free throws cutting Florida
State’s lead to 75-72 with 30 seconds left.
”We dodged a bullet,” said Florida State’s Michael Snaer, who
had a career-high 23 points. Snaer made two free throws with 28
seconds left and Luke Loucks added three free throws over the final
18 seconds to seal the win for the Seminoles (21-9, 12-4), who
finished third in the ACC behind No. 6 North Carolina and No. 4
”Our guys did a great job of battling back and gave ourselves a
chance but we were just too far behind against a good team,”
The Tigers, who shot 41.1 percent from the field (30 of 73),
have played some of their best basketball down the stretch. The
Tigers were 3-6 in the ACC after a 64-62 loss to Maryland, but have
won five of seven games going into the conference tournament that
starts Thursday in Atlanta.
”I’m proud of the way our guys have hung in there and finished
it,” Brownell said.
The 5-foot-9 Young, who is from Albany, Ga., about 90 miles from
Tallahassee, kept Clemson in the game with 11 points in the first
half, but was just 2 of 7 in the second half.
”At times he looks out of place because he’s so small,”
Brownell said. ”But he’s crafty, he’s smart, he’s tough, he can
shoot. He’s a battler.”
Tanner Smith appeared to hit his head on the court in the second
half, and Brownell said after the game that the guard is ”not
great right now.” No other information was immediately available
about his condition.