March 7, 2002
By DAVID DROSCHAK
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Delvon Arrington scored a career high 24 points as
Florida State salvaged what has been a disappointing stretch run with a 91-84
overtime win against Clemson in the first round of the ACC tournament Thursday
The Seminoles (12-16) upset then-No. 1 Duke on Jan. 6, but had done little
since in the Atlantic Coast Conference, going 3-11 the last two months before
holding off the Tigers and advancing to play top-seeded Maryland in one of four
quarterfinal games Friday.
Eighth-seeded Florida State fell behind by nine with 6:48 left in
regulation, but went on a 14-2 run to take the lead late. The Seminoles then
watched Tomas Nagys tip in a missed shot by Jamar McKnight with 0.6 seconds
left in regulation to send the game into an extra five-minute period tied at
However, the Seminoles wasted little time turning the momentum around. Monte
Cummings sank a free throw and Michael Joiner hit a 3-pointer in the first 1:02
of the overtime and the Seminoles never trailed.
Nagys, who had a season-high 18 points and matched his career-best with nine
rebounds off the bench, missed two free throws to start Clemson’s slide in OT,
and the ninth-seeded Tigers (13-17) missed their first six shots from the field
to fall behind 79-69.
Florida State, which struggled most of the night at the foul line, made
14-of-18 over the final 1:36 to nail down the win after losing nine of 10
Arrington’s previous best was 23 points against Virginia in January 2001.
Cummings added 17 points and Joiner 15.
Edward Scott led the Tigers, which shot just 37 percent, with 23 points, but
the point guard was 9-for-24 from the field.
Nagys was forced to play more minutes because of foul trouble against
Clemson inside men Chris Hobbs and Ray Henderson – and the junior responded. He
was 5-for-6 from the field and 7-of-10 from the foul line to add punch to an
offense that struggled most of the night.
Clemson led 55-52 before Scott hit a 3-pointer and two 18-footers in a
two-minute span to put the Tigers up by nine.
But the Seminoles came charging back as Cummings, who had missed 11 of his
first 15 shots, hit a banker with 1:34 left to give Florida State the lead and
Arrington added a 10-footer a minute later to set up a hectic final seconds of
The Tigers fell to 13-49 all-time in the ACC tourney.