Feb. 22, 2003
By JEFFREY COLLINS
Associated Press Writer
CLEMSON, S.C. – Edward Scott scored 29 points and had six assists as
Clemson beat Florida State 74-60 on Saturday to win three straight Atlantic
Coast Conference games for the first time in six seasons.
With the win, Clemson (15-8, 5-7) moves into a tie for fifth place in the
league. The Tigers already have won enough games to make the NIT, and suddenly
a strong ACC finish could mean an NCAA tournament berth.
The loss sends Florida State (12-12, 3-10) deep into the ACC basement, and
with two of its final three games against the top of the conference, the
Seminoles are almost assured to be in the conference tournament play-in game
for the third straight year.
Florida State rallied from a 16-point deficit in the first half to
trail 55-47 with 7? minutes left in the game. That’s when Scott drove for a
layup and picked up the fifth foul on the Seminoles’ Tim Pickett, who had
entered the game about a minute earlier after spending much of the second half
on the bench.
Scott made the free throw, and the Tigers went on a 13-3 run to lead by more
than 10 the rest of the way. Pickett, Florida State’s leading scorer at 17
points a game, only scored seven points Saturday.
Anthony Richardson led the Seminoles with 16 points and five rebounds. Todd
Galloway added 11 for Florida State, which has now lost 15 straight ACC road
Olu Babalola added 15 points for the Tigers, including a backboard-shaking
dunk with 4:46 left that put the Tigers up 68-50.
It was a physical game. The referees whistled 47 fouls, and called a
double-foul and double-technical in the second half as players got tangled up
in the lane.
Clemson benefited the most, making 20 of 27 free throws, compared to Florida
State’s 14-of-24 from the line.
The Tigers have two tough road games coming up with Maryland and Wake
Forest. North Carolina State then comes to Littlejohn Coliseum before Clemson
ends the season at Georgia Tech.
If the Tigers win three of their last four, they will be 8-8 in the ACC.
Combine that with a one loss non-conference record, and Clemson could go to
the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998.