Basketball Team Ends Regular Season With Loss


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<font class=caption>Chris Hobbs and the Tigers will face FSU again Thursday in the first-round of the ACC tournament.</font>
Chris Hobbs and the Tigers will face FSU again Thursday in the first-round of the ACC tournament.

CLEMSON, SC--Any discussion of Clemson's basketball season will include North Carolina.

In particular, what happened after North Carolina? And, why couldn't Clemson turn a ten-point win over No. 1 North Carolina into something more? Something more than four consecutive losses by an average of 21 points to conclude the regular season.

The Tigers lost to Florida State, 75-63, Saturday in front of 4,000 at Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson (11-18 overall, 2-14 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed by 19 (50-31) at the half and was never able to cut the lead below nine in the second half.

"We've had problems with that all year," said freshman Tony Stockman. "Some games we would get up. Others we weren't ready to play. I don't know. We were up for the North Carolina game because they were number one. But we weren't for Wake Forest and they were ranked high.

"Today we weren't up in the first half, you could tell. Then in the second half we were, but it was too late."

Clemson led 22-20 after two free throws by Edward Scott with 9:48 left in the first half when Florida State (9-20, 4-12) went on a 31-9 run to end the half.
Mike Matthews scored nine for FSU during the run. The Tigers, coming off a 27-turnover performance against Virginia on Wednesday night, had just nine turnovers Saturday. However, they made just one of eight shots during the first part of Florida State's run.

"Not a huge surprise to me in the game," said Clemson coach Larry Shyatt. "The separation in the first half was a huge surprise. In terms of being fragile at this time of the year, we are. Probably Florida State was in the same boat until 48 hours ago (when the Seminoles beat Georgia Tech, 69-59). That one win when you're struggling does a world of good, I think."

However, Shyatt, doesn't have a good explanation why Clemson's win over North Carolina didn't have the same effect.

"There were different symptoms in terms of when things aren't going well, collecting yourself, staying focused and playing well," he said.

In the second half, Clemson cut the lead to ten in the first eight minutes. With 5:27 left, it was a nine-point game after a free throw by Ray Henderson. However, less than two minutes later, the game was over.

Michael Joiner hit a hood shot and Delvon Arrington had a steal and a lay-up and followed that with a 3-pointer. Quickly, it was a 16-point lead with 2:58 left.

"We set a goal of holding them to 25 points," said Shyatt. "That sounds ridiculous, but we needed stops."

Stockman led Clemson with 20 points. Will Solomon had 11, but none in the second half. No other Clemson player scored in double figures.

The two teams will face each other again Thursday in the first-round of the ACC tournament.


FLORIDA ST (9-20)

Joiner 6-10 0-0 14, Crawford 2-6, 0-0 6, N. Dixon 2-4 4-5 8, A.
Dixon 3-7 2-2 10, Arrington 3-5 2-3 9, Wilson 1-5 4-4 6, Haywood
0-1 0-0 0, Cummings 3-5 3-4 9, Mathews 6-10 1-1 13, Anderson 0-1
0-0 0. Totals 26-54 16-19 75.

CLEMSON (11-18)

Nagys 3-7 0-2 6, Clifton 3-6 0-2 7, Allenspach 0-1 0-0 0, Solomon
2-13 5-6 11, Scott 1-5 0-0 2, Stockman 6-12 2-2 20, McKnight 0-1
0-0 0, Henderson 2-3 5-6 9, Braddick 1-1, 0-0 2, Bains 0-0 0-0 0,
Hobbs 3-7 0-2 6. Totals 21-56 12-20 63.

Halftime-Florida St. 50-31. 3-Point goals-Florida St 7-19 (Joiner
2-5, Crawford 2-4, A. Dixon 2-5, Arrington 1-3, Wilson 0-2),
Clemson 9-25 (Nagys 0-3, Clifton 1-2, Solomon 2-7, Scott 0-2,
Stockman 6-10, McKnight 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Florida
St 36 (A. Dixon 8), Clemson 32 (Henderson 8). Assists-Florida St
15 (Arrington 7), Clemson 10 (Scott 4). Total fouls-Florida St
19, Clemson 18.

A-8,000.


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