CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Sharrod Ford scored 21 points and pulled
down 14 rebounds as Clemson climbed out of the Atlantic Coast
Conference cellar with a 83-74 victory over Florida State on
The Tigers (14-13, 4-10 ACC) led 48-36 with just over 11 minutes
to go, but a 17-5 run by the Seminoles tied the game at 53 with
just under six minutes to go.
The Tigers responded with a dunk by Ford and a 3-pointer by
Clemson would then hit 19 of 24 free throws in the final 4:16
and shot 31-of-47 from the foul line for the game. The Seminoles
(11-17, 3-11) committed 32 fouls, and three Florida State players
Moore scored 15 points, while Vernon Hamilton had 12 and Shawan
Robinson added 11 for the Tigers, who need just one more win to be
eligible for the NIT.
Al Thorton led Florida State with 15 points. Anthony Richardson
added 13 for the Seminoles, who slipped into last place in the ACC.
Clemson outrebounded Florida State 40-25, and Ford's 14 boards
were more than all five of the Seminole starters combined.
Clemson opened the game with a 16-8 lead, but Florida State
scored 11 unanswered points to take a 19-18 lead with just over
five minutes to go in the half.
The two teams were tied at 27 at the break before Clemson opened
the second half on a 10-2 run.