A team-high 19 points by Al Thornton and a game-tying tip-in by Ryan Reid with 6.5 seconds left was not enough for the Seminoles to overcome No. 23 Clemson Wednesay night in the conference opener for both squads.
After Reid was able to knot the score at 66-66, Cliff Hammonds scored on a layup to give the Tigers (15-0, 1-0 ACC) a 68-66 a lead they would not relinquish.
Isaiah Swann and Jason Rich scored in double figures to compliment Thornton. The two juniors had 13 and 12 points, respectively for the Seminoles (12-3, 0-1 ACC). Swann was 3-of-6 from 3-point range and posted a team-high five assists.
The Tigers were led by 19 points by Vernon Hamilton, who assisted Hammonds on the game-winning basket.
FSU was outrebounded by Clemson 30-32 and had two more turnovers than the visitors, 21-18.
Next up for the Tribe is a road game at UNC Sunday at 7 p.m.
Seminoles fall to Tigers in final seconds
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