Feb 14, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Tim Pickett scored Florida State’s first 11 points
to lead his team to a 65-52 win Saturday over Clemson.
Pickett, the only Florida State double-figurer scorer, had 15 of his
game-high 16 points in the first half as the Seminoles (17-8, 5-6 Atlantic
Coast Conference) built a 35-26 lead at the break.
Florida State received an added boost from its bench, which outscored Clemson’s reserves 32-13. The Seminoles shot 50 percent from the floor and held
a 33-30 rebounding advantage against the Tigers, the ACC’s top rebounding team.
Clemson (9-13, 2-9 ACC) used an 8-0 run to cut a 12-point deficit to 48-44
with 9:41 to play on a Lamar Rice dunk. The run ended when Chris Hobbs was
called for a foul, then assessed a technical foul, disqualifying him from the
The Seminoles countered with a 14-4 run to seal the victory as the Tigers
failed to score a field goal over the next eight minutes.
Sharrod Ford led the Tigers with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The win assured Florida State its best league record since a 6-10 finish in
2000. The Seminoles have not won more than six league games in a season since
the 1993 team finished 12-4 to place second in the conference.