Florida State busts slump against Clemson, 77-68

Published: Jan. 22, 2019 at 9:47 PM EST
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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports

January 22, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- In a second half that could define their season, the Florida State Seminoles outscored the Clemson Tigers 42-27, overcoming a six-point halftime deficit to emerge victorious, 77-68.

Through most of the first half, the ‘Noles (14-5,2-4 ACC) looked much like the team that had lost road games at Pitt and Boston College. Clemson (11-7, 1-4 ACC) had a decided advantage on the boards throughout the first 20 minutes of play, out-rebounding FSU 19-13, including five offensive boards to one.

The Seminoles roster, still plagued with injuries and playing without Phil Cofer for a second straight game, looked sluggish, allowing a 6-0 run as the two squads headed to the locker room.

However, Florida State sparked up in the final frame of the game, with a 13-0 run early in the period to give the garnet and gold a lead they would never relinquish.

Florida State, who played on Sunday, looked fresher than a Clemson squad on five-days rest. Leonard Hamilton’s defense forced 11 turnovers in the second half, leading to 18 Seminoles points.

The Seminoles offense was sparked by grad transfer guard David Nichols with 16 points and a 4-for-5 performance from beyond the arc. Mfiondu Kabengele continued his hot start to ACC play, leading the ‘Noles with 17.

Florida State will look for the season sweep of Miami at 6 p.m. on Sunday, while Clemson heads to Raleigh this Saturday to face NC State.