Clemson started hot and never cooled off Wednesday night in demolishing Florida State 94-54 at Littlejohn Coliseum to snap a three game losing streak. The 40 point margin of victory is a Clemson record for an ACC game. The Tigers shot 60% for the game, their high mark on the season.
Clemson made their first five shots of the game as they built a quick 13-3 lead. They finished the first half at 60% shooting, 18-30 from the floor, and with a 47-26 advantage.
There was no letup in the second half. Clemson shot 60.3% over the final 20 minutes, and that included the bench boys getting up their shots. The Tigers finished the night making 35 of 58 shots from the floor, 12 of 25 from three, and 12 of 17 shots from the line.
For the game, Clemson did not miss more than two consecutive shots, and that happened only five times.
The hottest of the hot were PJ Hall and Chase Hunter. Hall made his first seven shots from the floor. He didn’t miss one until the 14:13 mark of the second half. He finished 8-10 from the floor, including four three-pointers, for 20 points, along with six rebounds.
Hunter made his first six shots from the floor and finished 7-9 with a pair of threes, plus two from the line, for 18 points.
Clemson forced 16 turnovers they converted into 31 points, outrebounded the Seminoles 34-20 and outscored them in the paint 38-18. Twelve different Tigers scored, and they got 38 points off their bench.
Clemson tied the program record with their 11th ACC win of the season. The Tigers are 11-4 in the league and 19-7 overall. They remain in fourth place in the ACC race but just a game behind first place Virginia.
The Tigers can reach a school record 12th ACC win and their fifth 20-win season under Brownell with a win at Louisville Saturday night.