FINAL: FSU 67, Clemson 77

Florida State's Balsa Koprivica grabs a rebound against Gardner-Webb.
Florida State's Balsa Koprivica grabs a rebound against Gardner-Webb.(Miguel A. Olivella Jr. | Miguel Olivella)
Published: Dec. 29, 2020 at 6:36 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - No. 18/19 Florida State hits the road for their post-Christmas return to the court, traveling to Clemson for a Tuesday evening tip-off. The Seminoles (5-1, 1-0 ACC) begin a stretch of 19 consecutive ACC games when they face the Tigers (6-1, 0-1 ACC) at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

The game will be shown by RSN, led by Fox Sports South. The broadcast crew consists of Evan Lepler and Mike Gminski. For a rundown of affiliates and ways to stream, click here. The in-market live stream will be provided by Fox Sports Go, while the out-of-market live stream will be provided by ESPN.

The game can also be heard on Learfield IMG Radio Network, with Gene Deckerhoff and Adrian Crawford on the call. For a live audio stream, click here.

Tuesday’s game, FSU’s first since defeating Gardner-Webb 72-59 on Monday, December 21st, will mark FSU’s first time playing away from home this season.

FSU is 30-9 (.769) against ACC opponents since the start of the 2018-19 season. The Seminoles last started 2-0 in ACC play during the 2016-17 season, when they opened conference play with four consecutive victories.

FSU holds a 44-33 advantage over Clemson in their head-to-head series. The Tigers won the last meeting between the two teams, which came at Clemson on February 29, 2020. FSU is 19-16 under Leonard Hamilton against Clemson. Hamilton’s all-time career-mark against the Tigers is 19-18.

Complete game notes for FSU-Clemson can be found here.

FINAL: FSU 67, Clemson 77

After the FSU timeout, Clemson turns in an excellent offensive possession that leads to a made elbow jumper from the left wing to extend the lead to eight points. Walker misses a 3 on the other end with just under a minute left and FSU begins to foul.

The tables turned in the second half with Clemson shooting 50% from the field, including 5-of-9 from 3, in the final 20 minutes of play.

Clyde Trapp led all scorers with 15 points, while Nick Honor had 13. Dawes also had 11 points.

Barnes led the Seminoles with 14 points but FSU could not overcome 17 turnovers and 19 Clemson offensive rebounds.

Timeout FSU, 1:44 2nd Half: FSU 65, Clemson 71

Anthony Polite makes a 3 from the right corner off a steal from Gray to cut the lead to six points. The Seminoles are out of timeouts.

Media Timeout, 2:25 2nd Half: FSU 62, Clemson 71

The Tigers are beginning to pull away late in the second half. After a dismal first-half performance, they’ve heated up offensively. Clemson has made 5-of-9 3s here in the second half.

The Tigers continue to kill the Seminoles on the offensive glass and in transition. Clemson has 19 offensive rebounds and 11 second-chance points.

FSU has also committed 16 turnovers.

Barnes is in with four fouls and has been the best player on the floor tonight. He leads all scorers with 14 points.

Media Timeout, 6:20 2nd Half: FSU 54, Clemson 59

Clemson has taken its largest lead of the night. FSU has made just one of its last seven field goals.

The Tigers are still shooting only 32% from the field for the game, but they have forced the Seminoles to commit 16 turnovers. They also have 18 offensive rebounds and have made 18-of-24 free throws, while the Seminoles have attempted only five free throws all night.

Media Timeout, 11:55 2nd Half: FSU 47, Clemson 47

Scottie Barnes was charged with his fourth foul of the game.

FSU has cooled off from the perimeter, shooting just 1-of-5 from distance so far in the second half. Clemson, on the other hand, has made 2-of-3 3s in this half after shooting just 2-of-15 from downtown in the first 20 minutes of action.

The Tigers are dominating on the glass with a 34-27 advantage in that category. They also have 17 offensive rebounds and 12 second-chance points.

Media Timeout, 15:59 2nd Half: FSU 38, Clemson

The Tigers scored eight straight points to retake the lead for the first time since 11:19 in the first half.

Koprivica answered right back with a strong move on the low block for the basket and a foul but missed the free throw.

Timeout FSU, 17:02 2nd Half: FSU 36, Clemson 35

The momentum has shifted as Clemson has gone on a 6-0 run early in the second half to cut the FSU lead to just one point. FSU has not scored in over two minutes of game time.

RaiQuan Gray picked up his third foul of the night less than two minutes into the second half.

HALFTIME: FSU 34, Clemson 29

FSU finishes the half making four of its last five field-goal attempts. The Seminoles forced Clemson to shoot only 26% from the field in the first half.

The reason this game is so close is Clemson is 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. The Seminoles committed 11 fouls and Clemson spent a good portion of the half in the bonus.

Scottie Barnes picked up his second foul of the game with 31 seconds left in the half. He has 5 points and a game-high 4 assists.

FSU struggled early offensively but made six 3s in the first half.

Evans leads all scorers with 9 points, while Walker and Wilkes have 7 and 6 points, respectively.

Trapp is leading the way for Clemson with 7 points.

Timeout Clemson, 3:21 1st Half: FSU 31, Clemson 25

The Seminoles are starting to find some rhythm offensively. The Seminoles have made five 3s in the first half now and are up to 44% shooting from the field. Evans surprisingly leads all scorers with a career-high 9 points, while Wilkes has 6 points, coming on two made 3s.

Something to keep an eye on as we move through tonight’s game: Balsa Koprivica and Raiquan Gray both have two first-half fouls.

FSU’s defense continues to make life difficult for Clemson. The Tigers are shooting just 27% from the field. However, the Tigers have nine offensive rebounds, which have led to nine second-chance points. That’s keeping things close so far.

The Tigers are now in the double bonus too and will shoot free throws the rest of the half.

Media Timeout, 7:43 1st Half: FSU 17, Clemson 14

Clyde Trapp made the first 3 of the night for Clemson following the media timeout. FSU started ice cold on offense, but the Seminoles defense has arguably been even better so far tonight. Clemson has made just one of its last eight shots from the field and is shooting just 22% from the floor in the first half.

However, the Tigers are now in the bonus and will shoot a 1-and-1 following the timeout.

Scottie Barnes knocked in his fifth 3 of the season to give him 5 points in this first half.

Media Timeout, 10:28 1st Half: FSU 12, Clemson 11

Sardaar Calhoun knocks down the first 3 of the night for FSU following the timeout.

FSU then took its first lead of the night (7-6) after an M.J. Walker dunk assisted by Wyatt Wilkes off a long inbound pass from the other end of the court.

Wilkes later connected for FSU’s second 3 of the night. Scottie Barnes also collected his first basket of the night on a floater from just inside the right elbow.

So far, eight of FSU’s first 14 field goal attempts have been from 3-point range and the Seminoles have yet to attempt a free throw. Clemson is doing a great job of packing the paint and forcing the Seminoles to make perimeter shots.

Media Timeout, 14:45 1st Half: FSU 2, Clemson 4

Ugly start to this one for both teams. They combined to shoot just 3-of-17 from the field and 0-of-8 on 3s in the first five minutes of play.

FSU’s lone bucket came from RayQuan Evans on a tough contested layup from the right block. The Seminoles already have six turnovers.

Pregame Notes


F #1 RaiQuan Gray (7.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg)

C #5 Balsa Koprivica (10.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

G #2 Anthony Polite (11.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg)

G #4 Scottie Barnes (10.7 ppg, 4.2 apg)

G #23 M.J. Walker (16.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg)


F #1 Jonathan Baehre (5.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

F #25 Aamir Simms (12.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg)

G #0 Clyde Trapp (6.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg)

G #2 Al-Amir Dawes (11.0 ppg, 2.6 apg)

G #15 John Newman III (4.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

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