TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Olu Babalola hit a go-ahead jumper with
just over two minutes remaining and Clemson's defense made up for a
poor shooting night to help the Tigers to a 56-54 win over Florida
State on Wednesday night.
The Tigers (10-5, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped a
12-game conference road losing streak, which extended back to a
73-64 victory against Virginia in February 2003. Clemson shot just
35 percent from the field, but took advantage of 22 FSU turnovers.
The Seminoles (9-7, 1-2) failed to hit another field goal
following Von Wafer's 3-pointer with 4:26 to play, getting only two
free throws from Alexander Johnson the rest of the way. Florida
State committed two costly turnovers in the game's final 1:49.
The Seminoles' leading scorer, Wafer, had been FSU's best long
range shooter, but the Clemson defense held him to just 5 points
and one 3-pointer on 2-of-8 shooting.
Johnson was the only Florida State player to score in
double-figures with a career-high 20 points, but he was limited in
the closing stretch after picking up his fourth foul with 6:58 to
Clemson led 27-26 at halftime, despite shooting a dismal 28.6
percent from the field. The Seminoles held Clemson without a basket
until Vernon Hamilton's 3-pointer nearly eight minutes into the