Solomon and Tigers Rout Seminoles, 84-58


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Solomon had 33 points on 13 of 22 shooting including 6 of 12 from 3 point range.

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CLEMSON, SC -- It's getting hard to deny Will Solomon.


With his supporting cast off the injured list at Clemson, Solomon once again
got into what his coach Larry Shyatt calls a "zone" Saturday. He scored 33
points to lead the Tigers (9-15 overall, 3-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) to
an 84-58 win over Florida State (9-12, 4-6) in front of 8,000 at Littlejohn
Coliseum.


It will be even harder to deny Solomon his place on the All-Atlantic Coast
Conference team. Clemson's Terrell McIntyre led the league in scoring last
season and didn't make the first team. Shyatt hopes that won't happen this
season if Solomon continues to play like he did Saturday.


"We've seen it every day in practice," said Shyatt. "He's a very serious
player, a very emotional player - at times, too passionate. But when he gets
to making his jump shots and feeling that the guy that's guarding him is at
a disadvantage, it's hard to stop him."


Solomon scored 22 points in the second half against Florida State. He led a
13-2 first half run with a pair of 3-pointers and then was unstoppable late
in the game when he hit three 3-pointers and scored 15 points in a
four-minute span.


"Getting the rest of their team back helped Clemson, especially when others
stepped up and made their shots," said Florida State coach Steve Robinson.
"This opened the game up and gave Will Solomon opportunities to take off."
Clemson shot 56 percent from the floor, 63 percent in the second half. The
Tigers had a 35-23 halftime lead and then went on a 13-1 run early in the
half to take a 53-29 lead with 12:50 left in the game.


Florida State came back from an 11-point halftime deficit earlier in the
year in Tallahassee to defeat Clemson. The Seminoles showed no signs of life
after the half Saturday.


"At halftime we knew we had 20 minutes to play and that is a lot of time to
come back and win," said Robinson. "Clemson stepped up their defense and
every time we would make a three, they would answer back with a three. We
couldn't knock out their lead early in the half and from there they took
off."


Florida State has lost its last three games at Clemson by a combined 80
points. The Tigers pulled into a tie for last in the conference with Georgia
Tech and within a game of sixth place, shared by FSU and Wake Forest.


Solomon, who now averages 21.6 points a game -- over two points a game ahead
of Duke's Chris Carrawell, was helped Saturday by forward Adrius Jurkunas
(17 points) and center Adam Allenspach (12 points). Freshman Ray Henderson
pulled down eight rebounds.


"Our frustration is lessening and our defense has stayed put," said Shyatt.
"We've found some guys who can make some points when we need them."


FLORIDA ST.
                          FG   3PT   FT     Reb
 No Player           Min  M-A   M-A  M-A    O-D-T   A PF ST TO BK PTS
 50 David Anderson    14  1-2   0-0  0-0    1-1-2   1  0  0  0  2   2
 15 Damous Anderson   36 10-19  4-8  4-6    2-0-2   1  1  2  1  0  28
 51 Oliver Simmons    25  1-4   0-2  1-2    2-2-4   1  2  0  2  0   3
 10 Delvon Arrington  35  3-6   1-3  1-2    1-8-9   2  0  1  2  0   8
 21 Ron Hale          34  1-12  0-9  4-4    0-3-3   4  2  0  3  0   6
 32 Emanuel Mathis     6  1-2   0-1  4-5    1-1-2   0  1  0  1  0   6
  4 Antwaun Dixon     18  0-2   0-2  3-4    2-1-3   2  2  1  1  0   3
 11 Rodney Tucker     13  1-1   0-0  0-2    2-1-3   0  4  0  0  2   2
 42 Justin Mott        9  0-0   0-0  0-0    0-0-0   0  3  0  2  0   0
 12 Matt Chlebek       5  0-0   0-0  0-0    0-1-1   1  0  0  2  0   0
 34 Nigel Dixon        5  0-1   0-0  0-0    1-0-1   0  1  0  0  0   0
    Totals           200 18-49 5-25 17-25 12-18-30 12 16  4 14  4  58
     Percentages: FG .367, 3PT .200, FT .680.
     Team Rebounds: 5.
     Team Turnovers: 0.

CLEMSON
                          FG   3PT    FT    Reb
 No Player           Min  M-A   M-A   M-A   O-D-T   A PF ST TO BK PTS
 55 Adam Allenspach   28  4-9   0-0   4-4   0-3-3   4  2  2  1  0  12
  3 Andrius Jurkunas  32  6-9   5-7   0-0   0-2-2   6  1  3  0  1  17
 42 Chucky Gilmore    27  3-4   0-0   0-0   2-1-3   1  2  1  0  1   6
 15 Will Solomon      36 13-22  6-12  1-1   0-4-4   4  2  1  1  0  33
 10 Ed Scott          25  1-2   0-0   2-2   0-1-1   3  4  2  1  0   4
 21 Ray Henderson     18  2-4   0-0   3-5   2-6-8   1  2  0  0  0   7
 33 Pasha Bains        3  1-1   1-1   0-0   0-0-0   0  2  0  1  0   3
 24 Dustin Braddick   22  1-1   0-0   0-0   0-2-2   4  1  0  2  0   2
  0 Walker Holt        2  0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0-0   0  1  0  0  0   0
  0 J.D. Powell        2  0-0   0-0   0-0   0-1-1   1  0  0  1  0   0
 31 Tomas Nagys        2  0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0-0   0  1  0  0  0   0
  0 Michael Crocker    2  0-2   0-0   0-0   1-0-1   0  0  0  0  1   0
  0 Jeremy Shyatt      1  0-1   0-0   0-0   0-0-0   0  0  0  0  0   0
    Totals           200 31-55 12-20 10-12 5-20-25 24 18  9  7  3  84

     Percentages: FG .564, 3PT .600, FT .833.
     Team Rebounds: 1.
     Team Turnovers: 0.

Florida St. 23 35-58
Clemson     35 49-84

Officials-Mike Wood, Duke Edsall, Jamie Luckie. 
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