Tiger Lose Another Tough One

For the third consecutive game, the Tigers failed to pull out the win despite playing well. Florida State ended the game on a 14-3 run to send the Tigers home with a 68-63 loss. Clemson falls to 11-9 and 2-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Once again, Clemson basketball will assume its position at the bottom of the ACC standings. After leading virtually the entire first and second halves Thursday evening, the Tigers gave it away by going 0-8 over the last 5 minutes of the game.

The Seminoles would end the game on a 14-3 run to turn a 60-54 Clemson lead into a 68-63 loss.

Florida State would jump on the Tigers early on, taking a 10-5 lead 4 minutes into the ballgame. However Tony Stockman would score 14 of the first 20 points of the game to put the Tigers back in business with a 22-15 lead midway through the first half.

Ed Scott goes up strong.
(AP, Phil Coale)
Florida State Head Coach Steve Robinson would then set up his Seminoles in a 2-3 zone, when in fact he should have considered a box-and-one on Tony Stockman.

Stockman would stay on fire through the end of the half as Clemson would open up their biggest lead of the game at 30-20. Tony would finish the first half with 20 points.

The lead was short lived though, as Florida State would go on a 9-0 run to close to within 3 as the Tigers would show their youth with sloppy play, bad fouls, and poor shot selection during the Seminole run.

Fortunately, Clemson would go on to hold a 4-point lead at halftime, thanks in part to Ed Scott's 3-pointer at the buzzer. However, the entire Clemson front line had at least 2 fouls at the break, and the lack of an inside game would eventually come back to haunt the Tigers.

The second half saw Clemson jump back ahead quickly behind two Chris Hobbs free throws, an Ed Scott jumper, and a Ray Henderson hook shot. Clemson regained momentum and a 10-point lead behind a 6-0 run with 16 minutes left in the game.

Florida State would then respond with a quick 6-0 run and then pulled within 3 at 53-50, but the Tigers would answer and keep the Noles at a comfortable distance until about the 8 minute mark.

Florida State would start to apply intense defensive pressure with around 7 minutes left in the game and it began to rattle the Tigers offensively. Behind some hot shooting from Delvon Arrington, the Noles would tie the game at 60 with just under 5 minutes remaining, courtesy of a 10-2 run.

FSU would then grab their first lead since since early in the first half at 62-60 with just over 3 minutes left. And from that point on, Clemson couldn't buy a field goal. The Tigers went ice cold from the field, missing their last 8 shots.

Chris Hobbs fouled out while trying to grab the rebound on a missed Thomas Nagys free throw. After Hobbs' departure, Clemson would only manage 3 points the rest of the game and the Seminoles coasted to the win.

Tony Stockman, who was incredible in the first half, was just as bad as he was good in the second half. Turnovers and poor shots led to a Stockman to spend a good portion of the second half on the bench. He would finish with 22 points.

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 11-9, and 2-5 in ACC play. Clemson's next game will be Sunday evening against the struggling North Carolina Tar Heels.

Clemson has now lost 4 games in a row, while North Carolina has lost 6 straight.

  Florida State Clemson
POINTS 68 63
FIELD GOALS 22 - 55 (40.0%) 24 - 67 (35.8%)
3-POINT FGs 7 - 22 (31.8%) 8 - 28 (28.6%)
FREE THROWS 17 - 28 (60.7%) 7 - 10 (70.0%)
REBOUNDS (Off-Def) 39 (11 - 28) 42 (17 - 25)

Other Notes:
Clemson shot only 27% in the second half.

The Tigers made only one field goal over the last 9 minutes of the game and would end the game missing their last 8 shots.

Florida State made more free throws then the Tigers attempted.

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