Jan 21, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Anthony Richardson hit a pair of free throws with
0.4 seconds left in the game to give Florida State its first Atlantic Coast
Conference win of the season Tuesday night, 60-59 over Clemson.
Tim Pickett led Florida State (10-6, 1-4) with 21 points and snagged three
steals to break the Seminoles three-game losing streak.
Clemson (11-3 overall, 1-3) look to have pulled out a 59-58 win when Florida
State’s Nate Johnson missed on a jumper in the final seconds. But as Richardson
snagged the offensive rebound, Clemson’s Sharrod Ford hit Richardson’s forearm.
As the clock expired, the officials called Ford for a foul, prompting a
video review to make sure it was a shooting foul and that it occurred before
Officials added the time and Richardson, who had missed his only previous
try from the line, sank both with perfect form. Richardson had hit his last 13
free-throw attempts entering Tuesday’s game.
Clemson coach Larry Shyatt hoped to get a foul called on the subsequent
inbounds play, when contact was made on the Tigers’ Edward Scott as Chris Hobbs
hurled the ball downcourt. Shyatt tried to argue for a charge call, but no call
Olu Babalola scored 12 points to lead Clemson, which has come out on top in
only three of the series’ 15 contests in Tallahassee.
Florida State never led in the first half. The Seminoles earned their first
lead 1:03 into the second half, when Pickett sank a layup off a pass from
Richardson to put the Seminoles up 37-36.
The Seminoles couldn’t find the basket early, scoring just 10 points in the
game’s first 10 minutes.
The Tigers stretched their lead late in the second half through the
perimeter shooting of Shawan Robinson, who nailed a trio of three-pointers and
another jumper to put the Tigers up 35-23 with 3:17 left in the first half.
However, Robinson was held scoreless in the second half.