Jan. 9, 2014
CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson came into Thursday’s Atlantic Coast Conference showdown against Florida State with the nation’s best defense in points allowed but it was the Seminoles that set the tone on that end of the floor in a 56-41 road victory.
FSU (10-4, 1-1 ACC) forced the Tigers (10-4, 1-1) to shoot 30 percent from the field and allowed just one double-digits scorer (K.J. McDaniels and his 14 points) as Clemson was held to a season low for points. The `Noles also forced 18 turnovers while giving the basketball away just 11 times of their own.
Senior guard Ian Miller came off the bench to score 15 points for the Seminoles, shooting 6-of-12 from the field and 2-of-3 from 3-point range. Miller also added four rebounds and five assists.
Sophomore guards Aaron Thomas and Devon Bookert scored 10 points apiece while rookie Jarquez Smith added eight points. Boris Bojanovsky contributed a team-best three blocks on the defensive end of the floor and Montay Brandon had five rebounds.
The Seminoles had 10 steals and shot 47.3-percent from the field.
It looked like the Clemson defense would be too much as FSU didn’t score in the game’s first four minutes. But a 13-2 run by the `Noles counteracted that slow start and the visitors eventually built a 16-point advantage in the second half and never led by less than nine points the rest of the night.
FSU now returns home to face Maryland Sunday at 8 p.m. in a doubleheader with the Florida State women’s basketball team, who will face North Carolina at the Donald L. Tucker Center at 1 p.m.