Clemson Faces FSU Tonight

This is the 41st meeting between Clemson and Florida State in men's basketball. The Seminoles hold a 23-17 lead and the two teams have met three times each of the last three years and four of the last five.

Clemson vs. Florida State Series
This is the 41st meeting between Clemson and Florida State in men's basketball. The Seminoles hold a 23-17 lead. The two teams have met three times each of the last three years and four of the last five.

Each of the previous five meetings between Clemson and Florida State in the ACC Tournament, the team that won the most recent regular season game, lost the ACC Tournament game. It happened last year when Clemson won the last regular season game, then lost the ACC Tournament game. Florida State won in Tallahassee last year in the first meeting of the season by a 60-59 score. Anthony Richardson scored two free throws 0.4 seconds left to defeat the Tigers. Clemson won the meeting at Clemson by 14 points behind 29 points by Edward Scott.

Seven of the last 12 meetings have been decided by five points or less or in overtime. Three of those close games took place in the ACC Tournament.

Clemson has a 3-12 all-time record in Tallahassee, including 2-10 in the Leon Country Civic Center. The wins came in 1961-62 (82-77), 1996-97 (76-70) and 1997-98 (78-49). Florida State has beaten Clemson by six points or less seven of the last nine games at the Leon County Coliseum. In fact, seven of the 10 Clemson losses in Tallahassee have been by six points or less and Florida State's largest margin of victory over Clemson in the Leon Country Civic Center is 12 points, (102-90) in 1991-92, Clemson's first appearance in the building.

Leon County Civic Center was a house of horrors for Larry Shyatt, who lost five games by 19 total points in Tallahassee in his five trips to Tallahassee. All five losses were by six points or less, including the one-point loss last year. *Clemson's 78-45 win over Florida State at Littlejohn Coliseum in 1998-99 is the second largest margin of victory in Clemson history in an ACC game.

Over the last 19 meetings, Florida State has won 10 times and Clemson has won nine times. Florida State's average margin of victory over that time is 5.3 points per game (53 points in 10 wins) and Clemson's is 16.4 points per game (148-point margin over nine wins.). Florida State has eight wins over Clemson by seven points or less during that time, and Clemson has just two wins by six points or less over Florida State during that time.

Clemson and FSU first met in the 1952 Gator Bowl Tournament in Jacksonville, FL. The Tigers won 62-56 and in fact won the first three games of the series, one in Jacksonville, one in Charlotte and one in Clemson.

Since Florida State joined the ACC in 1991-92, the Seminoles have won 19 of the 29 meetings. Clemson's top victory in that time came in the 1993 ACC Tournament in Charlotte. Clemson defeated a 10th-ranked Florida State team, 87-75. That victory, led by Clemson future NBA players Sharone Wright, Chris Whitney and Devin Gray, broke a 27-game Clemson losing streak in the Tournament as a lower seeded team. All three scored at least 20 points.

Clemson is 2-3 against Florida State in the ACC Tournament. Each of Clemson's two wins over Florida State in the ACC Tournament came in seasons the Tigers lost both regular season games to the Seminoles.

Kennedy and Maravich Coached at Midcourt
One of the more unique games of the series took place before Florida State was in the ACC. On January 8, 1962, Clemson defeated FSU 75-69. In that game, both coaches, Bud Kennedy of Florida State, and Press Maravich of Clemson, sat side-by-side at mid-court while the game was in progress.

Both coaches, who were good friends, had dinner together the night before the game at Sports Information Director Bob Bradley's home in Clemson and decided to watch the game together. During timeouts they huddled with their team, then returned to their chairs at mid-court. Clemson defeated a 15-8 Florida State team twice that season.

Clemson vs. Florida State in 2003-04
Florida State Downs Clemson 60-59
Anthony Richardson converted two free throws with 0.4 seconds left to give Florida State a 60-59 victory over Clemson on Jan. 21. It was a difficult loss for the Tigers who trailed for only 1:08 of the 40 minutes.

Olu Babalola led the Tigers in scoring for the first time in his career with 12 points, while Sharrod Ford and Shawan Robinson added 11 apiece. It was a season high for Robinson, who had 4-5 shots from the field, including 3-4 three-pointers. Edward Scott had nine points and six assists in playing all 40 minutes for the eighth time this year.

Tim Pickett, who had made just 29 of his last 87 shots from the field, made 7-11 in this game and scored a game high 21 points for Florida State. Richardson, a high school teammate of Clemson's Robinson, added 12 points. Trevor Harvey had 11 points in 24 minutes.

Clemson shot 46 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle 30-29, but the Tigers made just 9-17 free throws, including just 4-9 in the second half. The Tigers also had a season high 19 turnovers. Florida State won the points in the paint battle, 28-22, the first time all year Clemson had been outscored in terms of points in the paint.

The two teams battled to a 10-10 tie for the first seven minutes of the game. Clemson then went on a 6-0 run to take a 16-10 lead on two free throws by Chris Hobbs. Robinson entered the game with eight minutes left in the first half and made an immediate impact. He scored 11 points in the next five minutes and almost personally gave Clemson a 12-point lead at 35-23.

But, Florida State went on a 10-1 run the rest of the half and cut Clemson's margin to 36-33 at intermission. Clemson shot 54.2 percent in the first half against a Florida State defense that had allowed just 37.6 percent shooting heading into the game.

Florida State then scored four straight to open the second half and took its first lead of the game at 37-36 with 18:55 left. The two teams struggled on offense for much of the second half. Clemson took a 44-39 lead with 14:29 left on a layup by Edward Scott. But, Clemson did not score a field goal for the next five minutes. The margin never got higher than four points for either team over the last 14 minutes of the game.

The last 30 seconds of the game were frantic. With 15 seconds left Harvey hit a jumper to give the Seminoles a 58-57 lead. Clemson then came back and scored on a jumper by Chris Hobbs with seven seconds left. Florida State called timeout.

The Seminoles then in-bounded the ball. Todd Galloway missed an off-balanced shot from the right side, but in the rebound action, Sharrod Ford was called for a foul. After looking at the monitor, the officials ruled the foul had taken place with 0.4 seconds left. Clemson coaches felt the foul had occurred after the buzzer had sounded. Richardson made the two free throws to take a 60-59 lead. Clemson's long distance pass was intercepted and the game ended.

Clemson 74, Florida State 60
Feb. 22, 2003 at Clemson, SC
Edward Scott scored 29 points, while perimeter players Olu Babalola and Chey Christie added 15 and 12 points, respectively, leading Clemson to a 74-60 win over Florida State on Feb. 22. It was the third straight ACC win for the Tigers in an eight-day period. Clemson had a 19-point lead with 2:41 left when Larry Shyatt cleared his bench.

It was a resume tape game for Scott who scored his 29 points on 9-16 shooting from the field. He was 2-3 on three-point shots and 9-11 from the foul line. He had six assists and just one turnover in his38 minutes of play. Defensively, he helped hold Florida State scoring leader Tim Pickett to just seven points on 1-5 shooting. It was the season low in terms of points for Pickett, who entered the game averaging 17 points per game.

Clemson's perimeter game was outstanding as the three perimeter players scored 56 of Clemson's 74 points. In fact, only six different players scored for the Tigers. Babalola's total was a career high at the time, while Christie 12 points were right at his average. Christie hit 5-9 shots from the field. Tomas Nagys and Shawan Robinson scored eight points apiece to key the reserves.

Clemson shot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 74 percent from the foul line. Clemson's 44 points in the first half were the most for a first half by the Tigers this year. The Tigers committed just nine turnovers on offense, the second straight game under 10 for the Clemson offense.

Clemson made six of its first nine shots from the field and took a 21-13 lead at the 12-minute mark of the first half. The Seminoles cut he margin back to 21-17, but the Tigers went on a 15-5 run to take a 36-22 lead with four minutes left in the first half. Clemson held a 15-point lead at intermission. Florida State shot 62.5 percent from the field (10-16), but trailed by 15 points at halftime. Rebounding had a lot to do with it as Clemson won the boards 12-7 in the first half. Edward Scott, Chey Christie and Olu Babalola combined for 38 of Clemson's 44 points in the first half.

Florida State rallied after halftime and cut the lead to 44-34 in the first two minutes, then cut the margin to eight at 50-42 with nine minutes gone. Clemson made just 3-11 shots from the field to open the half. But, a three-point goal by Robinson gave Clemson a 55-44 lead with 8:22 left. With 7:31 left, Scott drove for the hoop, scored and was fouled by Pickett, his fifth foul of the game.

His expulsion cut down on the Seminoles offensive options. The Tigers went on a 13-1 run to put the game out of reach. Clemson's largest lead was 19 points at 73-54 with 2:41 left. Top Stories