Clemson Keeps Postseason Dream Alive With Win Over FSU
CLEMSON - Sharrod Ford scored 21 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, leading Clemson to an 83-74 victory over Florida State on Sunday.
The Tigers (14-13, 4-10 ACC) led 48-36 with just over 11 minutes to go, but the Seminoles rallied to tie the game at 53 with just under six minutes remaining.
The Tigers responded with five straight points - including a dunk by Ford - to reclaim the lead, then proceeded to hit 19 of 24 free throws in the final 4:16. The Tigers shot 31-of-47 from the foul line for the game. The Seminoles (11-17, 3-11) committed 32 fouls, and three Florida State players fouled out.
"Coming down the stretch there were a lot of big plays made," said Clemson head coach Oliver Purnell. "Our guys continue to have that look in their eyes that hey we are not going to be denied. We are going to make plays. It is going to take a very, very good team to beat them."
Moore scored 15 points, while Vernon Hamilton had 12 and Shawan Robinson added 11 for the Tigers, who need just one more win to be eligible for the NIT.
Al Thorton led Florida State with 15 points. Anthony Richardson added 13 for the Seminoles, who slipped into last place in the ACC.