Young's 18 points and Tigers' 20-0 run fuel rout of Seminoles


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CLEMSON – Clemson head coach Brad BrownellBrad Brownell
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would love to bottle up Clemson’s effort against Florida St. on Saturday afternoon and pull it out for every remaining ACC game this season.

Andre YoungAndre Young
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Albany, GA

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scored a game-high 18 points, becoming the 35th player in Clemson history to score 1000 points, and Brownell’s squad played tenacious defense as they defeated Florida St. 79-59 in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools at Littlejohn Coliseum Saturday.

The Tigers (9-6, 1-0) also got 15 points in a solid effort from Milton JenningsMilton Jennings
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, 13 points from Tanner SmithTanner Smith
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Alpharetta, GA

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and 11 points and five rebounds from Bobo Baciu in his 14 minutes of play.

“It was a great win for our guys. I thought we were really ready to play,” Clemson head coach Brad Brownell said. “I was quietly optimistic. I thought we had a great week of practice. Our
players were locked in and really focused, and we competed hard. I thought
the second half of East Tennessee State put our guys in good spirits. We
made a lot of tough plays today. We made 11 straight stops in the first
half and we were able to score off of a bunch of those.

“Then we did a
really good job of just keeping them at bay. It’s really hard, when you
have a lead like that, to keep it at a point where you can relax a little
bit. Our guys did a good job of hanging in there, finishing plays, and
making free throws. We got contributions from a lot of guys.”

The Tigers (9-6, 1-0) took control with a 20-0 run in the first half as the Seminoles (9-6, 0-1) struggled to find any offense, missing 10 straight shots during Clemson’s run that took the score from 12-10 to 32-10 in just over eight minutes.

Baciu had seven points during Clemson’s run, while Young and Jennings had four apiece.

It was the Tiger defense, however, that fueled the run. Florida State's leading scorer coming in, Michael Snaer, was held to seven points, about half his 13.6 point a game average. Florida State was just 22-of-61 (36 percent) in losing to Clemson for the fourth time in the past five meetings.

Florida St. started with a quick trey by Snaer for a 3-0 lead, but a 10-0 Clemson run made it 10-3 just over three minutes into the game. The Seminoles tried to rally, but that was when Clemson took off on the 20-0 run. Baciu’s two foul shots began Clemson's surge, then he added a three-point play and a power dunk over the next three minutes to increase the lead to 21-10. Jennings had a dunk with 5:58 left for the Tigers biggest lead at 32-10.


“Games change, and games are different,” Brownell said of the run. “Certainly, when we jumped out, it
changed a little bit of the way Florida State had to play. They had to
come out and try to get into us, and it opened the court for us to be able
to drive the ball more. That’s one of the reasons why we had so many free
throws. We were in a situation where we could attack. I’m certainly
unbelievably proud of how hard our guys competed and the way they defended
at a very high level today. Florida State is the kind of team that crashes
the board so much that you know if you can get a defensive rebound, you
have a chance to go attack them. They are hard to keep off the glass. They
got a bunch of offensive rebounds, but we also got a few layups.”

Florida St. rallied to make it 36-22 at the break, but never got closer than that the rest of the way.

Brownell said it was good to see Bobo contribute.

“He’s a big kid,” he said. “When he’s comfortable and when he’s locked in, he can be
a problem for people, especially when we’ve got them spread out a little
bit. I thought our guys did a phenomenal job of leading him to baskets.
He’s holding the guy off, but our guys are passing it to him where all he
has to do is turn and hook it in quickly. We had a couple of guys make
feeds to him where that was all he really had to do. I thought they did a
good job of really finding him.”

Young played the last few minutes of the game with double vision after being hit in the eye during a drive to the basket and missed both foul shots.

“I am seeing two of each of you right now,” Young said to reporters after the game. “After I got fouled, I was seeing two goals up there and that is why I missed both foul shots. I guess I should have sat down after that, but I didn’t want to come out.”

Young said that scoring 1000 points was a testament to his teammates.

“They have enough confidence in me that they look for me,” he said. “Over the course of my career, I have had some great teammates who have shared the basketball with me and been unselfish.”

The Tigers travel to Boston College for a game this Thursday, and return to Littlejohn next Sunday for a 6 p.m. game against Duke.

Official Basketball Box Score
Florida State vs Clemson
1/7/12 4:00 PM at Clemson, SC (Littlejohn Coliseum)


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VISITORS: Florida State 9-6, 0-1
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Gibson, Xavier...... f  3-5    0-0    0-0    3  1  4   5   6  0  4  0  0  16
05 James, Bernard...... f  4-8    0-0    2-3    4  4  8   3  10  0  2  0  2  32
03 Loucks, Luke........ g  1-6    0-2    2-2    1  2  3   1   4  3  2  0  0  19
04 Dulkys, Deividas.... g  1-3    1-3    2-2    0  3  3   2   5  1  0  0  1  16
21 Snaer, Michael...... g  3-8    1-2    0-0    0  0  0   1   7  0  2  0  0  27
10 White, Okaro........    1-5    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   4   2  0  0  0  0  13
12 Peterson, Jeff......    1-6    0-2    3-4    0  1  1   1   5  4  3  1  3  21
24 Space, Antwan.......    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
30 Miller, Ian.........    7-17   2-6    0-0    2  4  6   3  16  1  3  0  2  33
31 Whisnant, Terry.....    1-3    1-3    1-2    0  0  0   1   4  1  0  0  1  16
50 Kreft, Jon..........    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   3   0  0  0  0  0   5
   TEAM................                         4     4
   Totals..............   22-62   5-19  10-13  16 18 34  24  59 10 16  1  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-26 30.8%   2nd Half: 14-36 38.9%   Game: 35.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-10 20.0%   2nd Half:  3-9  33.3%   Game: 26.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-5  80.0%   2nd Half:  6-8  75.0%   Game: 76.9%    1


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HOME TEAM: Clemson 9-6, 1-0
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
24 Jennings, Milton.... f  7-10   0-0    1-1    2  6  8   2  15  0  3  2  0  29
31 Booker, Devin....... f  1-1    0-0    3-4    0  3  3   3   5  1  1  0  1  22
01 Sapp, T.J........... g  0-3    0-2    0-0    0  0  0   3   0  1  1  0  1  10
05 Smith, Tanner....... g  3-9    1-4    6-6    1  4  5   3  13  4  0  0  0  30
11 Young, Andre........ g  3-6    2-4   10-12   0  2  2   1  18  1  1  0  3  25
02 Fields, Carson......    1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  0  0  0  0   1
04 Hall, Rod...........    4-8    0-0    3-5    1  0  1   1  11  4  3  0  3  28
10 Baciu, Catalin......    3-4    0-0    3-3    1  4  5   0   9  0  0  2  0  14
15 Coleman, Devin......    0-4    0-3    0-0    1  1  2   1   0  2  1  0  0  11
21 Narcisse, Bryan.....    1-2    0-1    0-0    1  4  5   1   2  1  1  1  0  20
22 Sullivan, Bernard...    1-1    0-0    2-2    0  1  1   2   4  0  1  0  0   8
32 McDaniels, K.J......    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
   TEAM................                         1     1
   Totals..............   24-49   3-14  28-33   9 26 35  17  79 14 12  5  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-29 41.4%   2nd Half: 12-20 60.0%   Game: 49.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-11 18.2%   2nd Half:  1-3  33.3%   Game: 21.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 10-11 90.9%   2nd Half: 18-22 81.8%   Game: 84.8%    3


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Officials: Bryan Kersey, Sean Corbin, Jeff Clark
Technical fouls: Florida State-None. Clemson-None.
Attendance: 8026
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Florida State.................   22   37  -   59
Clemson.......................   36   43  -   79

Points in the paint-FS 26,CU 38. Points off turnovers-FS 10,CU 12.
2nd chance points-FS 15,CU 6. Fast break points-FS 0,CU 12.
Bench points-FS 27,CU 28. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-1 time.
Last FG-FS 2nd-01:51, CU 2nd-00:46.
Largest lead-FS by 3 1st-19:13, CU by 22 1st-06:00.

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