Jan. 7, 2012
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
CLEMSON, S.C. — The Florida State men’s basketball team will have to wait to get its first Atlantic Coast Conference win and 10th overall victory of the 2011-12 season.
The Seminoles (9-6, 0-1 ACC) never could recover from Clemson’s first-half 20-0 run and fell to the Tigers, 79-59, Saturday night on the road in the league opener for both squads.
After scoring a season-high 85 points in their win over Auburn earlier in the week, the ‘Noles allowed Clemson (9-6, 1-0) to score its second-most points of the year. The Tigers shot 49 percent from the field and buried 84 percent of their free throws while FSU was limited to just 35 percent shooting.
Neither team shot well from 3-point range.
Michael Snaer — FSU’s leading scorer at 13.6 points per game game before entering the tilt with the Tigers at LittleJohn Coliseum — was held to just seven points. Ian Miller came off the bench to score 16 points and Bernard James was the only starter in double figures with 10 points. James also added eight rebounds but didn’t register any blocks.
FSU was out-rebounded 34-30 while turning the ball over 16 times and forcing 12 Tigers’ turnovers.
Clemson was led in scoring by Andre Young’s 18 points. Fellow starters Milton Jennings and Tanner Smith added 15 and 13 points, respectively.
Snaer opened the game with a bang when his 3-point attempt hit nothing but net. But Clemson answered with back-to-back 3-pointers of its own on the other end and never trailed again.
The Tigers led 36-22 at halftime after a late 12-4 Seminoles’ run.
FSU gets its second chance to earn win No. 1 of the ACC slate on Jan. 10 when it plays at Virginia Tech. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will air live on ESPNU.