Clemson used a quick start and survived an extended first half scoring drought in defeating Florida State 62-44 Saturday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers avenged a December loss in Tallahassee and improved their record to 15-6, 4-3 in the ACC. Florida State saw its four game winning streak come to an end. The Seminles drop to 15-6 and 5-2 in the ACC.
Clemson started the game on a 17-4 run in the first six and a half minutes. But they scored just one basket over the last twleve and a half minutes of the half. Clemson still led 27-18 at halftime.
Florida State didn’t score for the first five minutes of the second half while Clemson went on another run. The Tigers opened the half outscoring FSU 15-4 over the first eight and a half minutes. Their lead actually reached 27 points, and and they cruised home from there to improve their home record this season to 12-1 with four home games remaining.
The 44 points allowed by Clemson are the fewest in an ACC game since holding NC State to 42 points in 2000. And its the first time since 1959 Clemson has held consecutive ACC opponents to a combined 94 points or less. Clemson forced a season high 22 turnovers and held FSU to 32.7% shooting.
Florida State star forward Chris Singleton picked up two early fouls and spent much of the first half on the bench. He played just 24 points and managed just 8 points, high for his team.
Clemson had balance scoring with Jerai Grant lead the way with 14 points. Demontez Stitt had 12 points while Andre Young and Devin Booker scored 9 points each. Six Tigers scored at least five points.
The Tigers also were bolstered by the return of Tanner Smith. He sat out the last two games nursing a sprained knee. He came off the bench early in the first half wearing a knee brace and knocked down his first jumper. He finished with seven points.
The Tigers are back in action Wednesday night at Virginia. Florida State returns home for a Tuesday night game against Wake Forest.