The Clemson basketball team needed a win against Florida State and that is exactly what they got in Wednesday night’s 77-67 at Littlejohn Coliseum. The win gets the Tigers back to .500 in the ACC and keeps them in the NCAA tournament discussion.
Clemson coach Oliver Purnell
Clemson took control early, jumping out to a 9-0 lead and they never looked back from there. Florida State did cut into that lead but the Tigers managed to maintain control and momentum for pretty much the entire game. The Seminoles never had a lead in the game.
Clemson went into the locker room with a 37-24 lead in large part because of the play of David Potter and Andre Young. The duo each hit three 3-pointers and each had 11 points at the break. The Tigers have struggled with their outside shooting the past few games so it was big that Potter and Young both came out with the hot hand. When those two started hitting big outside shots, you started to get the feeling it was going to be a good night for the Tigers.
Three players had career highs in points for the Tigers, Potter with 19 points, Young with 19 and Devin Booker with 14. Trevor Booker added 13 points. It was the kind of balanced scoring the team has been sorely lacking over the past few weeks. If the they can continue to get output from that cast of characters (aside from the elder Booker who you can bank on double digits points) the Tigers will have a chance to make some noise in what has become a very tight and congested ACC race.
Andre Young post game interview
David Potter postgame interview
The win improves Clemson’s record to 17-7 and 5-5 in the conference. Florida State now has the exact same record. The Tigers return to action Saturday at home against Miami. The Hurricanes are coming off a two point win over 20th ranked Georgia Tech.