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Florida State men’s basketball was able to overcome a 14-point first-half deficit and a 7-point second-half deficit to lead in the final seconds, but a 3-point play was the difference as No. 24 Clemson left the Donald L. Tucker Center with an 82-81 victory.
After FSU’s Cameron Corhen was able to convert just one of two free throws to push the lead to 81-79, Clemson’s Chase Hunter drove the length of the court, converted at the rim and was fouled. Hunter converted the free throw to give the Tigers the lead with 4.5 seconds left. FSU failed to get a shot off at the other end.
FSU trailed 16-2 early but managed to outscore Clemson 32-17 to end the opening half. FSU led 34-33 at halftime and by as many as seven in the second half. Clemson held a 57-50 lead midway through the second half before the Seminoles answered with 10 straight points. FSU didn’t trail again until Hunter’s free throw.
Hunter Tyson led Clemson with a career-high 27 points. Hunter added 26. PJ Hall finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Matthew Cleveland paced FSU with 18 points. Caleb Mills and Darin Green Jr. added 15 and 14 points, respectively. Baba Miller had the best game of his young career with 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting.
With the loss, FSU falls to 7-15 for the season and 5-6 in ACC play. The Seminoles will hit the road to take on NC State on Wednesday night.
Between the Lines for Jan. 28, 2023
Track and field: Razorback Invitational
Women’s tennis: FSU 0, (7) Stanford 4 (ITA Kickoff at Stanford)
Men’s basketball: (24) Clemson 82, FSU 81
Men’s tennis: (9) FSU 2, (12) Baylor 4 (ITA Kickoff in Waco)
On the Agenda for Jan. 29, 2023
Women’s basketball vs. No. 16 Duke, 2 p.m. ET (ACC Network)
Rolling News and Notes
FSU women’s hoops will recognize legendary coach Sue Semrau prior to Sunday’s game vs. Duke.
Three FSU track and field athletes finished with top-10 marks to conclude the Razorback Invitational.
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