Richardson's heroics came after game officials reviewed the dramatic closing seconds on a television monitor at the scorer's table for nearly three minutes.
Richardson was fouled by Clemson's Sharrod Ford on a putback as the horn sounded. FSU's Todd Galloway missed a driving layup from the baseline, but Richardson, slicing across the lane, rebounded the ball and was fouled from behind by Ford.
|Florida State's Anthony Richardson takes aim before shooting the winning free throw with less than one second on the clock to give Florida State a 60-59 win over Clemson. (AP/Phil Coale)|
"They fouled the right person," said Richardson, an 81-percent fouls shooter who finished with 12 points.
"I felt like if I wanted anybody to shoot free throws on the team it would be either me or Tim (Pickett) because we have shown on a consistent basis that we can hit free throws. I was very happy to have the opportunity to know the shots down."
A Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center crowd of 5,111 erupted in celebration as FSU's Michael Joiner intercepted the Tigers' inbounds pass on the game's final play.
Clemson coach Larry Shyatt hoped to get a foul called on that play, when contact was made on the Tigers' Edward Scott as Chris Hobbs hurled the ball downcourt. Shyatt tried to argue for a charge call, but no call was made.
"A lot of odd things happened the last two plays of this game," Shyatt said. "The play that Ant (Richardson) got to the line and the play Edward didn't."
The victory was the Seminoles' fifth consecutive at home over Clemson (11-3, 1-3 ACC) and snapped a season-long three-game losing streak.
The Tigers, who led by as many as 12 points (35-23) in the first half, led 56-52 with two minutes remaining. However, they were unable to hold off the Seminoles, missing three of four free throws in the closing 36 seconds.
"I am sure if you are a Clemson fan you would have liked for it to have gone the other way, but the way our season has been going, we are very happy it was us on this end," Hamilton said.
"They reviewed it (last play) over, over and over, so I am assuming they had to be accurate. We felt pretty confident though that Anthony got fouled before the light (above basket) came on (signal end of game), so I don't think that...the question was how much time was left on the clock."
Tim Pickett led FSU with 21 points and snagged three steals.
Olu Babalola scored 12 points to lead Clemson, which has come out on top in only three of the series' 15 contests in Tallahassee. FSU never led in the first half. The Seminoles earned their first lead early into the second half, when Pickett sank a layup off a pass from Richardson to put the Seminoles up 37-36.