Clemson vs. Florida State Notes

The Clemson Tigers will close out their regular season schedule at home Saturday afternoon against the Florida State Seminoles. FSU has taken 5 out of the last 7 games between these two teams.

Clemson vs. Florida State Series
* This is the 36th meeting between Clemson and Florida State in men's basketball. The Seminoles hold a 20-15 lead. The Seminoles have won five of the last seven meetings.

* Florida State won earlier this year in Tallahassee by a 68-63 score. Clemson last won against FSU in the 2001 ACC Tournament in Atlanta, 66-64. Three of the last four meetings between the two teams have been decided by five points or less.

* Clemson has a 3-11 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 six of the last eight games at the Leon County Coliseum. In fact, each of Florida State's last six wins over Clemson in Tallahassee have been by six points or less. Larry Shyatt has lost four games by 18 points in Tallahassee in his four trips to the state capital.

* 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 12 meetings, Florida State has won seven games and Clemson has won five. Clemson's average margin of victory in those five wins is 22 points a game. Florida State's average margin in its seven victories in that time is 5 points per game. That includes earlier this year when Florida State won by exactly five points.

* 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 16 of the 24 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 until this year's game against Wake Forest.

* 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. * Florida State has not won an ACC road game since the Seminoles won at Clemson last March 3.

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 on "Senior Day"
Clemson senior Jamar McKnight will be playing his final home game when the Tigers meet Florida State on Saturday afternoon at High Noon at Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson has been very successful on "Senior Night" since the 1971-72 season. In that time, the Tigers are 24-6 in the final home game for the regular season. That record included a couple of years when Clemson did not have a senior, the most recent being 1995-96. This will be the third straight year Clemson has had just one senior for its "Senior Night" activities.

Clemson is 13-6 over the last 28 years in "Senior Night" games against ACC teams. Clemson has won just 33 percent of its ACC games during that time span, so it does appear that "Senior Night" has an impact. The stretch includes a 92-64 win over Georgia Tech in 1998-99. Senior Terrell McIntyre had 22 points and 10 assists, while senior Tony Christie had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Clemson's only "Senior Night" losses since 1972 have come to an eighth-ranked North Carolina team (1997), a number-one ranked Duke team (1992 and 1986), to a fourth-ranked Duke team (1999-00) to an unranked Georgia Tech team (1993) and to an unranked Florida State team last year. Overall, Clemson is 63-27 in the final regular season home game.

First Meeting vs. Florida State
Florida State 68, Clemson 63
Jan. 24, 2002 at Tallahassee, FL
Florida State outscored Clemson 14-3 over the last seven minutes of the game and went on to a 68-63 win in Tallahassee on Jan. 24, 2002. It was Clemson's fourth straight loss overall and its fourth straight loss to the Seminoles in Tallahassee. All four of those defeats in Tallahassee have been by seven points or less. Clemson was led by Tony Stockman, who had 22 points, including 20 in the game's first 12:19 of the game. Jamar McKnight added 13 points, but those were the only double figure scorers for Clemson. Edward Scott scored nine and added eight assists and six rebounds. Ray Henderson had just four points, but pulled in nine rebounds. Florida State was led by Monte Cummings with 17 points, while Antwuan Dixon added 15, including three three-point goals in the last 12 minutes of the game.

Clemson shot just 27.6 percent in the second half, including 1-10 on three-point goals. The Tigers made just 1 of their last 14 shots over the last nine minutes of the contest. Clemson was 0-8 inside the last five minutes. The Tigers held the lead in the game from the 15:17 mark of the first half until the 5:02 mark when the score was tied at 60.

Stockman made seven of his first 10 shots from the field, including 6-8 on three-point attempts in the first 12:19 to lead Clemson to a 10-point advantage at 30-20. Clemson advanced the lead to a game high 34-22 with 5:27 left. But, FSU cut the lead to one with nine seconds left in the half. Then, Scott hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to give Clemson a 41-37 lead at intermission.

Normally the first five minutes of the second half will have a big bearing on the final outcome. That was not the case in this game. Clemson brought the lead to 47-37 three minutes into the second half on a jumper by Ray Henderson. Clemson still led by eight at 58-50 with 9:19 left on a dunk by freshman Sharrod Ford off a feed from Scott. But Clemson would score just one field goal by Ford the rest of the game, as the Seminoles turned up the defense.

It was still a 60-60 game at the final media timeout, but FSU went on an 8-3 run to close the game. Monte Cummings made 4-4 free throws down the stretch that were key to the FSU win. Clemson won the rebound battle 42-39 and won the offensive rebounds 17-11. Despite this offensive rebound margin, Clemson scored just four second-chance points the entire game. FSU scored 11. The Seminoles attempted 28 free throws and made 17, while Clemson attempted just 10 and made seven. It was the 18th straight loss for Clemson when the opposition made more free throws than Clemson attempted. Florida State was whistled for just 13 fouls the entire game and Clemson never got into the 1-1 until the final 2:18 of the game.

Last Year at Clemson vs. FSU
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, 2001. 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. Top Stories