They say home is where the heart is. For Clemson this season, home was where the wins were. The Tigers won again at Littlejohn Coliseum Wednesday night, the 15th time in 16 games this season, defeating Florida State 76-63 in a game that was much closer than the final score indicates. And the Tigers set a school record with their 11th ACC regular season victory. Clemson took the lead for good at 50-47 on a three pointer by Clyde Trapp with 10:05 to play. From there, the teams basically traded baskets over the next six minutes.
It was still a four point game with 4:44 to play before the Tigers could put the Seminoles away, primarily thanks to Marcquise Reed. He scored 9 of the Tigers final 16 points including going 5-6 from the line in the final 1:09.
At the time the Tigers were getting their offense going late in the game, the Seminoles stalled going two minutes without scoring as Clemson built an 8 point lead. The Tigers closed out the game with a 14-5 run over the final 3:49.
Reed led four Clemson scorers in double figures with 22 points. Gabe DeVoe added 13. After suffering 21 turnovers in the loss at Florida State earlier this season, the Tigers had just 9 in this season. They also were 20-26 at the line compared the 12-19 for Florida State.
The win snaps a four game losing streak to the Seminoles and improves the Tigers to 22-7 overall and 11-6 in the ACC.
The Tigers can make that ACC record an even dozen Saturday by defeating Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. A win Saturday also would keep alive the Tigers’ hopes of finishing in the top four in the league and earning a double-bye for the tournament. Currently the Tigers are tied for 3rd with North Carolina.
Brad Brownell post game press conference
Gabe DeVoe and Marcquise Reed talk about the win over FSU