Monday, January 25, 2010


The ‘Clemson Rule’ is simple.

After watching the Tigers in a few past seasons of late shoot free throws as if they were disoriented, thumb-less walk-ons, it became very clear that ACC teams have to make free throws to win tough regular season games – especially road games.

Hence, the 'Clemson Rule.'

Evidently, FSU's Solomon Alabi got the memo.

Alabi, who may be the best 7-foot-1 free throw shooter in the game, finished with 14 points and was perfect in six trips to the foul line for Florida State, (15-4, 3-2 ACC), which otherwise was just 10 of 21 from the free throw line. Alabi scored the Noles winning point from the charity stripe.

No. 19 Georgia Tech (14-5, 3-3) got its last lead on Iman Shumpert’s jump shot with 1:27 left, but after Alabi’s free throws, Brian Oliver missed a 3-point try and Gani Lawal and Shumpert both missed opportunities to tie the game for Georgia Tech.

Jordan DeMercy added a free throw in the closing seconds for the final margin.
The Seminoles won in spite of 4 of 19 shooting (21%) from behind the three-point line while the Jackets were missing 11 free throws.

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