Florida State fell to Clemson late Wednesday night 62-56. Florida State was unable to hit their free throws at the end of the game and Clemson took advantage. The Seminoles finished just 12-21 from the line with six of the nine misses coming in the last five minutes.
Head coach Leonard Hamilton believes tonight’s poor free throw shooting isn’t indicative of how good his team is from the line.
“Xavier Rathan-Mayes is a great free throw shooter and Devin Bookert is one of the best in the country,” Hamilton said. “Sometimes you just don’t make them. I thought we should have taken more free throws. We only took one in the first half.”
The game started off slowly for both teams with neither team being able to muster much offense. Clemson was able to make a small run at the end of the first half thanks in large part to Florida State going the last 4:08 without scoring. The Tigers led 27-21 at the half.
Florida State was able to pull the game within striking distance multiple times in the second half, but could never tie the game or take the lead. Florida State turned the ball over 17 times and that played a key part in the Seminoles inability to get over the hump. Clemson did everything they could to let Florida State back into the game by missing 11 free throws of their own and shot just 40.4-percent from the field. Clemson was able to hit their free throws in the final minute to put the game away and even the season series.
Hamilton was not happy with the way his team wasn’t able to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them.
“This league is such that you can’t miss opportunities,” Hamilton said. “We missed free throws and point blank layups. They, for whatever reason, made those plays and we didn’t. We had the same opportunities. We didn’t seize that moment. It seemed like tonight they made their plays. They made their timely plays. They took advantage and we did not.”
Xavier Rathan-Mayes led Florida State with 15 points, but was just 3-8 from the line. Boris Bojanovsky finished with his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Florida State shot just 35.7-percent from the field and 28.6-percent from deep. All nine of Florida State’s missed free throws came in the second half.
The Seminoles fall to 12-11 on the season and 4-6 in the ACC. Clemson improves to 14-8 and 6-4 in the ACC. Florida State’s next game is Saturday at 3 PM at Virginia Tech.