CLEMSON – Missed free throws and turnovers did in Clemson in a 71-66 loss to Florida State in both team’s ACC opener on Saturday at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Clemson held a 30 to 17 free three attempt advantage over Florida State but made just 18 free throws.
Senior Clemson forward Milton Jennings had four turnovers in the final three minutes, which robbed Clemson of precious possessions in its comeback attempt.
Clemson (8-5, 0-1 ACC) trailed by as many as 16 points during a sluggish first half but cut the Florida State lead to 65-62 with two minutes to play. Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels, Jordan Roper and Devin Booker were all more aggressive in the second half.
Booker had 19 points to lead Clemson.
Clemson shot just 38.9 percent from the floor against a long and talented FSU (9-5, 1-0 ACC) defense.
Clemson travels to No. 1 Duke on Tuesday.