Smith back in action

CLEMSON - CUTigers takes a look at the key players and moments from Saturday's 62-44 win over Florida State.

PLAYER OF THE GAME – CLEMSON – Tanner Smith
Boy is Brad Brownell happy to have Tanner Smith back in the fold, and rightfully so.

Smith didn't start, but in 11 minutes off the bench he scored seven points, grabbed two rebounds, handed out an assist and made a steal.

And he did a nice job bugging Florida State's best player.

"He's smart," Brownell said of Smith. "He makes good decisions…it's just good to see him out there. He's an asset to our team."

PLAYER OF THE GAME – FLORIDA STATE – Chris Singleton
The reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year played only 24 minutes because of foul trouble midway through the first half.

He scored eight points on 3-of-9 shooting, had five steals and grabbed a pair of rebounds. Six of his points came on second half 3's when the game was already in hand.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton didn't think Singleton's foul trouble played a role in the Seminoles' rough outing.

"We're talented enough that we should be able to absorb someone being in foul trouble," Hamilton said. "If he had been out there executing the way he had been executing, it wouldn't have made much difference."

PLAY OF THE GAME
The score was 54-34 with 3:40 left in the game. With a man on his hip, Jerai Grant drove from the top of the key for an uncontested dunk—pretty apparent that none of the five Seminoles on the court were looking to land on the next Clemson basketball poster.

STAT OF THE GAME
Zero ties and lead changes.

Clemson led from wire to wire. By the time the Tigers were up 22-6, you never really got the feeling that Florida State was going to make a serious comeback, especially with Singleton on the bench in foul trouble.

MOVING FORWARD
Just another solid win for Brownell and company, especially with Karl Hess in the building.

I've never seriously thought about betting on a game that I'm covering, but the thought crossed my mind when I saw he was listed as one of today's three refs. Before the game, Clemson's record with Hess as an official over the last three seasons was 2-9, maybe 1-10. Something not good, I know that. Florida State doesn't exactly set the world on fire with their offense, but Clemson's work on the defensive end of the floor was impressive. The Tigers forced 22 turnovers, had 11 steals and blocked six shots (two more than Florida State).

Look for a similar kind of performance in Charlottesville on Wednesday night. Virginia barely sits with their head above water at 11-9 (2-4 ACC).

It's an opportune time for the Tigers to pick up their first ACC road win, and so is next Saturday's trip to Georgia Tech.


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