Jan. 3, 2007
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.
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.
Clemson was 2-of-5 from the free-throw line.