Clemson - Florida State Notes

The Tigers travel to Tallahassee Thursday night to battle rival Florida State in a pivotal game on the ACC schedule. With a win the Tigers will pull back within one game of .500 in conference play.

Clemson at Florida State
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002
8:00 PM (EST)
Leon County Civic Center (12,200)
Tallahassee, FL

TV: Fox Sports Net/Sunshine
Play By Play: Mike Hogewood
* Color Analyst: Dan Bonner

Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties
Play By Play: Jim Phillips
* Color Analyst: Tim Bourret

Clemson vs. Florida State Series
This is the 35th meeting between Clemson and Florida State in men's basketball. The Seminoles hold a 19-15 lead. The Seminoles have won four of the last six meetings, but Clemson won the most recent outing, a 66-64 victory in the ACC Tournament in Atlanta, GA last year. Florida State had won the two regular season meetings last year, 88-84 at Florida State and 75-63 at Clemson. Last year the two teams met in the final regular season game at Clemson, then met five days later in the ACC Tournament.

Clemson has 3-10 all-time record in Tallahassee. 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 five of the last seven games at the Leon County Coliseum. In fact, each of Florida State's last five wins over Clemson in Tallahassee have been by six points or less. Larry Shyatt has lost three games by 13 points in Tallahassee in his three previous trips to the state capital.

Florida State has won the three games in Tallahassee in the Larry Shyatt era by six, three and four points, respectively.

Clemson's 78-45 win over Florida State at Littlejohn Coliseum in 1998-99 was the second largest margin of victory in Clemson history in an ACC game. The Tigers led by 22 at the half. Over the last 11 meetings, Florida State has won six games and Clemson has won five. Clemson's average margin of victory in those three wins is 22 points a game. Florida State's average margin in its six victories in that time is five points per game.

Clemson swept Florida State with two of its most impressive games of the 1997-98 season. Clemson won the game at Clemson, 86-65, its highest scoring ACC game of the season. Florida State was ranked 17th in the nation entering the contest. Clemson won at Tallahassee 78-49, the largest margin of victory in an ACC road game in school history. Clemson has not won in Tallahassee since that game.

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 15 of the 23 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, the last time Clemson had three 20-point scorers in the same game.

Clemson is 2-1 against Florida State in the ACC Tournament, including 1-1 against Larry Shyatt. 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.

Last Year vs. Florida State
Florida State 88, Clemson 84
Jan. 31, 2001 at Tallahassee, FL
Florida State made 12-16 free throws in overtime and scored 20 points overall in the extra session and defeated Clemson 88-84 in overtime at Tallahassee, FL on Jan. 31, 2001. It was the first conference win of the season for the Seminoles, who have now won five games by six points or less over the Tigers in Tallahassee since 1994.

Will Solomon led the Tigers with perhaps his finest all-around game of the year. The junior scored 25 points, had six rebounds and six assists in his 40 minutes of play. He made 6-13 three-point shots and held Florida State's Adrian Crawford to 4-14 shooting for the night. Freshman Chris Hobbs added 17 points and11 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season. He made 6-12 shots from the field and had eight offensive rebounds.

Ray Henderson added nine points, including a short jumper with four seconds left to send the game into overtime. Edward Scott had nine of his 11 points in the last five minutes of regulation and the overtime period, while Tony Stockman added 10 points. Five players scored in double figures for Florida State, led by guard Delvon Arrington, who had 16 points and seven assists.

Clemson was without the services of Adam Allenspach, who was out with a back ailment. Still, the smaller Tigers won the rebounding battle, 43-42. Clemson showed a much-improved defense over its game with Virginia, holding the Seminoles to 41 percent shooting, 36 percent on three-point shots.

Clemson got off to a difficult start offensively, hitting just 4-19 from the field to open the game. Florida State had a 34-20 lead with three minutes left in the half. But, Clemson closed with a 10-4 run and trailed by just eight at the half. Florida State stretched the lead again to double figures, holding a 58-45 lead with 8:35 left. Clemson was still down 60-50 at the 6:30 mark, but mounted a comeback. Clemson took a 64-63 lead on a jumper by Tony Stockman with just 3:08 left.

The two teams traded baskets the rest of the way until Henderson's jumper tied the score. But Florida State went on a 13-4 run to open the overtime. Clemson trailed by nine with 38 seconds left, then cut the margin to two with five seconds remaining, but that was as close as the Tigers got.

Florida State 75, Clemson 63
March 3, 2001 at Clemson, SC
Florida State went on a 30-9 run over the last 8:43 of the first half and went on to a 75-63 win over Clemson in Littlejohn Coliseum on March 3. It was the final game of the regular season for the Tigers who fell to Florida State for the second time in 2000-01.

Tony Stockman led Clemson with 20 points in just 25 minutes. The freshman made 6-10 three-point shots and had three steals to go with two assists and just one turnover. Will Solomon had 11 points, but all 11 came in the first half. Ray Henderson scored all nine of his points in the second half. Clemson shot 37.5 percent from the field for the game. The Tigers committed just nine turnovers, their second lowest single game total of the season.

It was a disappointing Senior Day for Clemson's only senior Adam Allenspach. The 7-1 center had been limited by back ailments since Christmas. He started this game, but could play only three minutes as he re-injured his back and spent the rest of the game getting therapy in the training room.

Florida State had a balanced attack led by freshman Michael Joiner, who scored 14 points. Mike Mathews added 13 points off the bench, while Antwuan Dixon added 10 points and eight rebounds. Florida State made 84 percent of its free throws and hit 7-19 three-point shots. State won the rebound battle 36-32.

Clemson had a 22-20 lead at the 9:48 mark of the first half. Clemson made 7 of13 shots from the field to open the game and Solomon had 11 of those 22 points. But, Florida State hit 10 of its last 12 shots of the half and had a 50-31 lead at intermission.

Behind freshmen Tony Stockman, Dwon Clifton and Chris Hobbs, the Tigers cut the margin to 10 points by the 12:19 mark of the second half. Freshmen scored 11 of the 13 points. Florida State made just 1 of its first 10 shots of the second half.

But, Florida State would not allow the Tigers to get closer than nine points (61-52) the rest of the way. A seven-point flurry highlighted by a three-point goal and drive for a layup by Delvon Arrington gave Florida State a 71-55 lead with three minutes left.

Clemson 66, Florida State 64
ACC Tournament
March 8, 2001 at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Clemson gained revenge for two regular season losses with a 66-64 win over Florida State in the 8 vs. 9 game at the 2001 ACC Tournament at the Georgia Dome. Ray Henderson led the Tigers with 15 points, while Will Solomon added 13 and Edward Scott scored 12 to key the win for the Tigers.

Antwuan Dixon led Florida State with 23 points, while Michael Joiner and Adrian Crawford scored 11 apiece. Clemson held Delvon Arrington to just six points and two assists.

Clemson jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the game's first nine minutes. Clemson's defense held Florida State to just eight points in the first nine minutes. But, Florida State went on 12-5 run to tie the score at 20 with 6:39 left, then took the lead on a Dixon jumper at the 5:56 mark. The Seminoles held a30-27 lead at intermission as Clemson made just 9-30 shots from the field.

Clemson then countered with a 13-5 run to open the second half and had a 40-35 lead with 14:36 left after a steal and layup by Scott. But, Florida State came back with a 6-0 run to take the lead back at 41-40.

Clemson jumped back to an eight-point lead, largest of the game for either team on a layup by Scott with 6:36 left. It gave Clemson a 57-49 lead. The Seminoles then went on a 13-4 run and held a 62-61 lead with 3:29 left. But, with 1:50 to go, Tomas Nagys made a steal and fed to Solomon, who made a three-point goal at the 1:45 mark, giving Clemson the lead for good. Two free throws by Edward Scott with 10 seconds left gave Clemson a 66-62 lead and Monte Cummings layup at the buzzer became meaningless.

Ray Henderson's 15 points were a career high. He also contributed eight rebounds. Nagys added four points and five rebounds off the bench. Clemson shot 55 percent from the field in the second half and made 9-12 free throws for the game.

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