The Clemson Tigers committed 15 turnovers in the second half and overtime, lost the lead late in regulation, and eventually fell in overtime, 81-79, at Florida State Wednesday.
Florida State battled back from a Clemson lead that grew to as high as 18 points, with Trent Forrest sending the game to OT on a layup with eight seconds to play. The Seminoles didn’t grab the advantage until one minute to play in the extra session on another layup from Forrest, two of his 16 points.
Clemson struggled to run offense in the second 20 minutes and the overtime, scoring just nine points in the final eight minutes played.
The Tigers also suffered a crushing blow when guard Shelton Mitchell went crashing to the floor after an FSU block. Mitchell stayed on the floor for several minutes before being helped off by two trainers. Head Coach Brad Brownell said after the game Mitchell went to the hospital to get a precautionary CT scan.
Despite putting themselves in a precarious position, FSU provided a way to a possible second overtime when Clemson’s David Skara was fouled on a Florida State inbounds play with the Seminoles up just two points.
Skara missed one of the two free throws, and after the two teams exchanged fouls, the Tigers couldn’t convert a putback off of Marcquise Reed’s intentionally missed free-throw with five seconds to play.
Reed led Clemson with 23 points, and Skara had season-high marks in points and minutes played, scoring 11 in 38.
Brownell said that game mirrored the toughness of the league:
The road gets no easier for Clemson (20-5, 9-4 ACC) as the Tigers welcome in Duke on Sunday at 1 PM at Littlejohn Coliseum.