January 11, 2000 - by
Florida State Opens ACC Home Slate

Jan. 11, 2000

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000 at 7:00 pm

Leon County Civic Center (12,200), Tallahassee, FL


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminoles are coming off a 66-55 loss at South Florida last Saturday in their final non-conference game of the season. Ron Hale led the Seminoles with 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Damous Anderson added 15 points off the bench…FSU entered the game as the ACC’s top three-point shooting team but hit just 6-of-26 from long range (23.1 percent). Florida State now ranks third in the league in that category at 36.8 percent (71-of-193)…Hale is averaging 22.5 points in his last four games on 50.0 percent shooting (32-of-64). The stretch coincided with Hale not wearing his protective mask for the broken nose he suffered in the season-opener at Florida…Anderson’s 15-point effort at USF was his first double figure effort since scoring 10 versus UMass on Dec. 18…FSU allowed South Florida to hit 46.6 percent from the field (27-of-58). It was the second best shooting game by an opponent this year, bested only by Seton Hall’s 47.1 percent. Still, Florida State ranks second in the ACC in field goal defense at 38.3 percent.


CLEMSON TIGERS

6-8, 0-2 ACC


The Tigers have lost two straight games to open ACC play, including last Sunday’s 67-53 home setback to Wake Forest. Sophomore guard Will Solomon led Clemson with 26 points and five assists in that game…Solomon is the ACC’s leading scorer at 21.4 points per game. He has led the Tigers in scoring in 12 of their 14 contests. He also leads the league in minutes played (36.4) and three-pointers per game (3.0)…Junior center Adam Allenspach is the only other Clemson player scoring in double figures (11.5 ppg) and he ranks seventh in the conference in rebounding at a 7.8 clip…The Tigers lead the ACC in field goal defense, allowing their foes to make just 38.2 percent from the floor, but rank last in field goal percentage, making just 39.8 percent of their attempts.


THE GAME

Wednesday’s game marks the 30th meeting between Florida State and Clemson. The Seminoles own a 16-13 advantage in the series, which dates back to Dec. 28, 1951…FSU won last year’s season series two games to one. Florida State won 70-64 at home on Jan. 12, fell 78-45 on Feb. 14 in Clemson then took the rubber match 87-85 in overtime in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Charlotte on March 4…The Seminoles are 11-7 against the Tigers since joining the ACC in 1991-92 but have lost five of the last eight in the series…FSU is 6-2 at home against Clemson since joining the ACC but the Tigers have won two of the last three in the Civic Center. The Tigers 78-49 win in Tallahassee on Feb. 15, 1998 marked Florida State’s worst ever home loss.


THE SERIES – FSU leads 16-13

Last Meeting – FSU 87, CU 85 (OT) (March 4, 1999)


ON THE AIR

Television- None


Radio– Host/SSN: Gene Deckerhoff (Play-by-Play), Guy Morgan (Color)


THE LINEUPS

FLORIDA STATE

No.Name (Ht, Wt, Class)PPGRPG
10Delvon Arrington (5-11, 170, Jr.)8.34.8
21Ron Hale (6-9, 210, Sr.)18.25.5
15Damous Anderson (6-7, 220, Sr.)11.95.2
51Oliver Simmons (6-8, 225, Sr.)7.85.0
50David Anderson (7-0, 250, So.)3.14.1

Head CoachSteve Robinson (Radford, ’81)

(83-55 in 5 years, 37-37 in 3rd year at FSU)


CLEMSON

Pos.No.Name (Ht, Wt, Class)PPGRPG
G10Ed Scott (6-0, 160, Fr.)6.12.7
G 15Will Solomon (6-2, 170, So.)21.43.8
F3Andrius Jurkunas (6-9, 235, Sr.)6.25.5
F42Chucky Gilmore (6-8, 260, So.)3.56.2
C55Adam Allenspach (7-1, 257, Jr.)11.57.8

Head Coach – Larry Shyatt (College of Wooster, ’73)

(45-32 in 3 yrs, 26-23 in 2nd year at Clemson)


STATLINE


SCORINGSCORING DEFENSEFG%FG%D3FG%FT%BS/GST/GTOMRBM3FG/G
FSU65.165.8.428.383.648.6485.85.5-2.0-1.45.9
Clemson61.964.8.398.382.276.6453.74.1-5.07.35.5
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