5-Year Nole Anniversary: FSU Hoops Sets ACC School Records for Points, FG%, Margin of Victory in Rout of Clemson
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5-Year Nole Anniversary: FSU Hoops Sets ACC School Records for Points, FG%, Margin of Victory in Rout of Clemson

As Florida State has found out in three decades in the conference, easy wins in ACC play are rare.

On this day five years ago however, there was an exception. Florida State set new program bests in ACC play for points, field goal percentage and margin of victory in a 109-61 rout of Clemson.

Setting the Stage

FSU was 19-3 and ranked No. 15 as it arrived at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Feb. 5, 2017. The Seminoles were 7-3 in ACC play, but had dropped two of their previous three games.

Clemson was clinging to slim NCAA Tournament hopes as it arrived with a 13-8 record and a 3-6 conference mark. Desperate for a signature win, it was evident early on that it would not be the Tigers’ day.

Utter Domination

Clemson hung tough early on and actually led 7-6 early. FSU had a nice lead midway through the first half, but after a 3-point play from Clemson’s Marcquise Reed cut the lead to seven, things went south in a hurry.

FSU outscored the Tigers 23-4 to end the half. At the break, the Seminoles led 51-25, but they were just getting started.

Less than two minutes into the second half, FSU’s lead increased to more than 30. By the 9-minute mark, it was more than 40. After a pair of 3-pointers from Brandon Allen and another from PJ Savoy, the lead was 51 with less than a minute remaining.

A trey from Clemson’s Avry Holmes capped the scoring. FSU won 109-61, but the 48-point victory was the largest margin ever for FSU in ACC play. The Seminoles also shot 66.1% from the field — a program-best in ACC play. The 109 points was also a new program record in conference.

FSU not only shot better than 66% from the field, but went 17-for-30 from deep. Dwayne Bacon led the way with a career-high 29 points. Braian Angola-Rodas and Terance Mann added 12 and 11 points, respectively. In total, 11 different Seminoles scored at least six points.

Holmes finished 4-for-5 from deep and led the Tigers with 15 points.

In Hindsight

Clemson would go on to finish 17-15 with a loss to Wofford in the first round of the NIT. The Tigers have not won in Tallahassee since that defeat — its worst-ever in ACC play.

FSU would go on to win 26 games and finish second in the ACC before falling in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Three of those victories came by at least 40 points. The only one and largest ever in ACC play came on this day five years ago.

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