Wednesday, February 20, 2008



Clemson had an opportunity last night to solidify their 3rd/4th spot in the ACC. Having been on a roll lately, save the one loss in Chapel Hill where they NEVER win, the Tigers had looked as good as anybody in the ACC.

Then the game at FSU started…

Clank. Clank. Clank.

How about these numbers: 17, 30%, 11% and 52%

That would be points scored in the first half – 17, overall shooting percentage (20-65) – 30%, three pointers (3-27) – 11%, and…drum roll, please…free throw shooting (12-23) – 52%.

Toney Douglas scored 23 points and Jason Rich 22 Tuesday to lead Florida State to a 64-55 win over Clemson, knocking the Tigers out of a third place tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Florida State (15-12, 4-8 ACC) made six of its first eight shot to take an early 17-6 lead that it built to 35-17 at halftime, shooting 61.9 percent in the half.

Clemson, meanwhile, was equally cold -- connecting on just 3 of its first 16 attempts.
Clemson (19-7, 7-5) came into the game leading the ACC with a 39.9 team shooting percentage from 3-point distance, but went 3 for 27 from long range, missing 18 of its first 19.

Florida State's Jason Rich gets past the Clemson defense to dunk during the first half of a basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

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