Seminole gunners take down Tigers
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- 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 FSU'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 Duke.