Tigers drop conference opener

Five players scored in double-digits for Clemson as the Tigers lost their first ACC game under head coach Brad Brownell.

BOX SCORE: Florida State 75 Clemson 69

The 75-69 loss at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee dropped Clemson to 5-4 overall and 0-1 in ACC.

Florida State improved to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in ACC.

Demontez Stitt scored a game-high 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. He also hit all three 3-point attempts.

Tanner Smith finished with 13 while Andre Young scored 11 points and had a team-high five assists.

Jerai Grant finished with 12 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists.

As a team, the Tigers shot 41 percent from the field (22-of-54) and 36 percent from behind the arc (8-of- 22).

The Seminoles hit 27-of-62 shots from the field (44 percent) and 8-of-19 from behind the 3-point line (42 percent).

Deividas Dulkys scored 17 points on 3-of-7 shooting from behind the arc.

His 3-point basket with 3:36 to go gave Florida State a 62-61 lead and another with 1:06 left put the Seminoles up 69-65.

Florida State, which connected on only 35.5 percent of its field goal tries in the half (11 for 31), jumped to an 8-2 lead to start the game but then trailed by as many as eight points just before the halftime break.

Clemson led 34-28 at halftime.

"We had a chance to win this game and just didn't get it done," first-year Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. "We gave up too many easy baskets in the second half."

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