January 3, 2007 - by
No. 23 Tigers Edge Seminoles In ACC Opener, 68-66

Jan. 3, 2007

Box Score

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -Cliff Hammonds’ layup with 3 seconds left lifted No. 23 Clemson to a 68-66 win over Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools on Wednesday night.

Vernon Hamilton, who led Clemson with 19 points, brought the ball up and fired a pass to Hammonds for the winner. Hammonds, a native of Cairo, Ga., and a Florida State fan growing up, also made a 3-pointer with 2 minutes left to put the Tigers in front 64-62.

Clemson (15-0) remains one of the country’s last three unbeaten major college teams, joining No. 16 Oregon and top-ranked UCLA, who both play Thursday night.

Florida State (12-3) had tied it with 6.5 seconds left on a tip-in by Ryan Reid.

Clemson led by as many as a dozen, 41-29 late in the first half, but Florida State tied it at 56 on Al Thornton’s basket with 5:45 left and led 62-61 on a Toney Douglas free throw with 2:20 to go.

Hamilton shot 8-for-11 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point arc.

K.C. Rivers added 16 points and James Mays 14 for Clemson, which shot 47.6 percent and managed a 32-30 rebounding advantage behind freshman Trevor Booker’s nine boards.

Thornton led the Seminoles with 19 points.

Isaiah Swann scored 13 points and Jason Rich added 12 for Florida State, which shot 46 percent and made 16 of 20 foul shots.

Clemson was 2-of-5 from the free-throw line.

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