The Seminoles fall to last in conference with 74-60 loss at Clemson.
February 23, 2003
CLEMSON, S.C. -- For the past two seasons, the Clemson-Florida State game has meant little more than deciding who gets to wear the home jerseys for the ACC tournament play-in game.
That changed Saturday. The Tigers' 74-60 victory gave them four victories in their past five ACC games, vaulting them into fifth in the league and enhancing their chances for their first NCAA Tournament berth in six seasons.
Meanwhile, the Seminoles (12-12, 3-10) tumbled into last with little chance of rising above eighth, where they have finished the past two seasons. They have lost 15 consecutive ACC road games.
"I just thought they had a raw hunger that we just didn't match," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.
Edward Scott scored 29 and had six assists to lead the Tigers (15-8, 5-7), who have rebounded from a 1-6 start in the ACC.
"We never gave up," Scott said. "We've just kept plugging away."
Clemson played one of its best halves this season in taking a 44-29 lead. But in the second half, the game bogged down, and FSU cut a 16-point deficit to 55-47 with 7 1/2 minutes left.
That's when Scott saw the Seminoles' Tim Pickett, with four fouls, between him and the basket. Scott drove hard. The whistle blew, and FSU's leading scorer fouled out after scoring just seven points, 10 below his average.
"I tried to get some contact rather than just trying to make the shot," said Scott, who made the shot and free throw to spark a 13-3 run.
FSU was led by Anthony Richardson, who scored 16 and had five rebounds. Todd Galloway added 11.
Hamilton said his team didn't make too many mistakes, but "we don't have much room for error."