Clemson’s dismal season ended in a most familiar manner Thursday night Greensboro, a first day exit from the ACC Tournament. The Tigers lost control of the game in the final three minutes of the first half and could never regain it in falling to defending tournament champ Florida State for the third time this season 73-69. The Tigers end their season on with a seven game losing streak, a 13-18 record and their seventh one and done appearance in the tournament in the last ten years.
The Tigers led 34-24 with three and a half minutes to play in the first half but the Seminoles finished the half on a 6-1 run to trail 35-30 at the break. Clemson was sloppy to open the second half with six turnovers and only four points in the first eight minutes. That allowed FSU to take a 40-39 lead. The game stayed close for several minutes until Clemson went scoreless for over three minutes and the Seminoles built a six point lead.
A Damarcus Harrison three cut the lead in half but then the Seminoles scored eight unanswered points to appear to put the game away. The lead grew to 14 with 2:58 left.
But Clemson did make things interesting hitting some free throws and getting three pointers by Jordan Roper and Devin Booker to get to with 71-69 with 6.9 seconds left. Michael Snaer, as he has done so often in his career, ended the drama by hitting a pair of free throws for a the final four point margin. The Tigers were outscored from the foul line 24-19 and they were only 19-31 on free throws.
“Same situation the last month of the season, e play well for a good period of the game and then the game gets away from us,” said Clemson coach Brad Brownell. “Proud of the way our guys fought back, we seem to do that to give the guys a chance but credit Florida state they made the free throws they need to do make and advanced.”
Roper led Clemson with 18 points.. KJ McDaniels added 16 points before fouling out. FSU’s Okaro White led all scorers with a career high 24 points.