March 8, 2001
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By DAVID DROSCHAK
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA – Will Solomon had an off night, but Clemson’s leading scorer
sank a go-head 3-pointer with 1:45 left and the Tigers went on to beat Florida
State 66-64 Thursday night in the opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference
Solomon, third in the ACC in scoring, was 3-for-14 from the field before his
key shot, which advanced the ninth-seeded Tigers (12-18) into Friday’s
quarterfinals against No. 6 North Carolina.
Clemson upset the then No. 1-ranked Tar Heels on Feb. 18 – the team’s only
victory in 13 games prior to its win over the No. 8 seeded Seminoles (9-21).
Florida State was led by Antwuan Dixon, who had a career high 23 points,
including eight in a span of 2:15 that rallied the Seminoles from an
eight-point deficit to a 62-61 lead with 2:49 left.
But Solomon sank the key 3-pointer, then grabbed the rebound on the other
end on Florida State’s next miss.
The Seminoles still had a chance to tie or take the lead in the final
seconds, but Adrian Crawford missed a 3-pointer and the ball rolled out of
bounds off Dixon, whose previous scoring best was 17 points earlier this
Edward Scott, a key player in the second half for the Tigers, sank two free
throws with 9.9 seconds left to seal the victory.
The win broke the Tigers’ streak of 27 consecutive ACC tournament losses
when seeded lower than their opponents.
Meanwhile, Florida State ended its season with a school record 21 losses,
the 1951-52 team went 5-20.
Ray Henderson had 15 points and eight rebounds for Clemson.
The Seminoles fell behind by seven early and lost leading scorer Delvon
Arrington 4:44 into the game as he picked up three quick fouls.
But Florida State got hot without its point guard, going on a 19-7 run as
the Tigers went more than six minutes without a basket and finished the first
half shooting 30 percent.
A crowd of 22,193 watched the first ACC tournament game held in the Georgia
Dome. More than 40,000 are expected for Friday’s four quarterfinal games.