Clemson Men’s Basketball hit a rough patch in January and were 2-4 in ACC play heading into their matchup with the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee on Saturday. The Tigers needed to find the resolve to get back to .500 by the end of the month, and they took a step toward that yesterday.
The Tigers defeated the Seminoles 78-67 to pick up a road conference victory. Clemson surged ahead in the second half and had an all-around team effort with ten players scoring. Four scorers had double digits.
Chase Hunter led the team with 14 points. PJ Hall was just behind him with 13 points and six rebounds.
Joe Girard led the team with 7 rebounds and scored 10 points. Josh Beadle came off the bench to score 12 points.
The Tigers shot 41.2% from 3-point range and just over 50% on all shots.
The score was tied at halftime, but Clemson outscored FSU 48-37 in the second half.
Defensively, the Tigers moved into zone defense for a bit to change things up. Head coach Brad Brownell said this about the defensive effort.
"“We’d been talking about using it a bit more. I feel bad because we guarded Georgia Tech well. We did a lot of really good things defensively for 37 1/2 minutes and then we let the game get away from us with two minutes of bad defense. But our guys have gotten better this week defensively I thought. We still have a long ways to go. It’s not easy for us. We still have some limitations athletically, but staying connected, competing, being a little smarter in our scouting stuff. We’ve made a couple of errors there through the years that have been problematic."- Brad Brownell
This victory brings the Tigers to 3-4 in ACC play with an opportunity to get back to .500 next Saturday, but it will be a challenge.
The Tigers will visit the Duke Blue Devils on January 27th for a 4:00 PM tipoff. Duke is 7th in the AP Top 25 and has a 9-2 record at home this season.