Florida State pulls plug on Tigers’ comeback, season

Florida State utilized a 17-5 run midway through the second half on its way to a 73-69 victory over Clemson on Thursday in the opening round of the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum.

The Tigers, down by as much as 14 in the second half, battled to within two late only to see the Seminoles seal it from the free throw line.

Clemson closed the season with a 13-18 record. Florida State improved to 18-14 overall and will play No. 3 seed North Carolina on Friday evening. All three Seminole wins were by five or less against the Tigers.

Three Tiger players scored double figures, led by freshman Jordan Roper who had 18. He made 3-of-3 behind the arc and 9-for-13 from the free throw stripe. K.J. McDaniels had 16 points, several in spectacular fashion, in 29 minutes of play before fouling out. Devin Booker added 11 in his final game as a Tiger.

Clemson shot 41 percent for the game, but made 8-of-17 (.471) from long distance. The Tigers out-rebounded the Seminoles 32-28, but were guilty of eight second-half turnovers and 11 for the game.

Florida State shot 49 percent overall and converted 24-of-32 (.750) at the line. Conversely, Clemson was just 19-of-31 (.613) on free throws.

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