Tigers Lose Chance to Steal Win in Tallahassee, 60-57


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Clemson Tigers took their show back on the road, only to find
that it does not get any easier. The Tigers (6-9) fell to 0-3 in Atlantic Coast
Conference play, narrowly losing to Florida State 60-57.


Ron Hale sealed the win for Seminoles (7-6, 2-0) sinking a three-pointer, and adding a pair
of free throws in the final minute of play.


"To be honest we did a lot of very good things tonight," said Larry Shyatt. "We defended extremely well. Their two seniors were big down the home stretch. My hat is off to Hale and Davis. I thought they were big when the game needed to be big for them and in fact Hale was the one who finished the game brilliant with 4 free throws and a 3 point shot."


Clemson had a chance to win, but a missed second free throw shot by Will Solomon,
and another by Ed Scott, left Hale with a rebound and minimal time left on the
clock. Hale went to the line on an Andrius Jurkunas foul, and sank both shots.


"We had a pretty good fight today,” said Jurkunas. “It went down to the wire.
They just made a few shots and we had a lot of opportunities to tie it up and
win the game. At the end we missed a couple of free throws and a few
lay-ups. It just seemed luck was on their side."


The Tigers went into the second half with a 39-28 lead, but the Seminoles
answered with 18 points. Damous Anderson, tied with Hale at 18 points,
scored 15 of those points in the second half for the Seminoles. Poor shooting by
the Tigers in the second half, 6-of-33, all but killed the Tigers' chance of a
win.


"We had a game again where we shot very poorly,” said Shyatt. “We only got 10 attempts to our opponent’s 22 at the foul line and had one of the finest officials in the nation doing the game which really indicates to me there is a problem."


Will Solomon's 13 points led the Clemson scorers. Jurkunas and Allenspach had
12 and 11 points respectively. Allenspach hit the double-double mark with 11 rebounds.


"The ball was going to whom it needed to go to when it needed to go to and
especially those last 3 minutes which we had 5 or 6 possessions. We simply
didn’t drop the shots and also missed 2 free throws where we were unguarded,"
said Shyatt.


"We are not going to give up,“ said Jurkunas. “We just have to improve with
every game and play as hard as we can. We shot better today. We just need to
come out and be ready to play this Saturday."


Things do not get any easier for the Tigers as they head to Virginia on
Saturday. Shyatt laments the missed shots and dropped balls, but feels that the
team is continuing to grow and learn.


"I want them to appreciate the good. I want them to hate the taste of defeat. I want them to learn and I believe we are growing," said Shyatt.



CLEMSON (6-9)

Jurkunas 5-12 0-0 12, Gilmore 2-3 0-0 4, Allenspach 5-17 1-1 11, Scott 1-4
0-1 3, Solomon 4-10 3-4 13, Holt 1-2 0-0 3, Henderson 2-6 0-0 4, Javtokas 1-3
0-0 2, Bains 1-8 3-4 5. Totals 22-65 7-10 57.

FLORIDA ST (7-6)

Damous Anderson 6-13 4-4 18, Simmons 1-7 0-0 2, David Anderson 0-3 2-2 2,
Arrington 2-9 4-5 9, Hale 5-11 6-10 18, A. Dixon 2-6 1-1 6, Tucker 1-5 0-0 2,
Chlebek 1-2 0-0 3, Mathis 0-1 0-0 0, N. Dixon 0-0 0-0 0, Mott 0-0 0-0 0. Totals
18-57 17-22 60.

Halftime-Clemson 39, Florida St 28.

3-Point goals-Clemson 6-16 (Solomon 2-5,
Jurkunas 2-6, Holt 1-1, Scott 1-2, Bains 0-2), Florida St 7-21 (Hale 2-3,
Anderson 2-7, Chlebek 1-2, A. Dixon 1-3, Arrington 1-5, Simmons 0-1).

Fouled
out-
Gilmore.

Rebounds-Clemson 47 (Allenspach 11), Florida St 37 (David Anderson
8).

Assists-Clemson 11 (Jurkunas 4), Florida St 10 (Arrington 5).

Total
fouls-
Clemson 22, Florida St 15.

Technicals-Henderson.

A-5,120.

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