Courtesy Associated Press
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Clemson’s Jordan Roper made 7 of 10 3-pointers and scored 23 points to lead the Tigers (8-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to an 84-75 win over the Seminoles on Saturday.
Clemson jumped to a 12-2 lead and was ahead for nearly the entire game. But Florida State tied it at 54 after Devon Bookert was fouled on a 3, making the shot and the free throw.
The Tigers then went on a 14-5 run that included Roper’s final 3 of the game. They also hit their free throws, missing just five of their 27 second-half foul shots.
The win was especially important for Clemson, who plays all five of the ACC’s Top 25 teams in its first seven league games.
“We just wanted to come out tonight and show we could play with those teams,” Roper said.
Malik Beasley, one of the two freshman starts for the Seminoles, led Florida State with 23 points. Bookert added 21 points, shooting 6 of 9 on 3-pointers.
Florida State was trying for its first seven-game winning streak since its ACC championship season four years ago and its best start in six seasons. But the Seminoles led for just over a minute late in the first half, and only tied the game once in the final 20 minutes.
Freshman Dwayne Bacon, who has scored 20 or more in four straight games including the game-winner Tuesday night against Florida, had 10 points. He missed his first seven shots and ended the game shooting 5 of 16.
“Clemson did all the little things,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “The dirty work — all the loose balls, knocking down shots when they were available.”
Sidy Djitte added 14 points for Clemson, including making 8 of his 10 free throws, as Florida State started fouling early. The junior also had nine rebounds.