The game was tied at halftime and was anyone's game. FSU guard Jalen Warley (1), started the game strong, and the Seminole's attacking style restricted Clemson's crucial centers as they entered foul trouble early.
Warley, leading the team in points with seven at the half, seemed to be building toward a big game when FSU needed it. However, the Tigers made a big run out of halftime to put FSU on the back foot and the team went cold offensively.
Sloppy play, poor shooting, and a Clemson defensive scheme switch caused most of the problems for the Seminoles as the Tigers incrimentally built a 13-point lead with under six minutes to play.
Unfortunately, FSU struggled to score from this point, only really scoring when they would get points from the line. Some of the woes were unlucky bounces, some were miscommunications, and some were because of sloppiness and lack of focus. It all began to snowball as the Seminoles began to press and force plays to try to kickstart their offense, but it was to no avail.
Nothing encapsulates this more than Primo Spears' (23) struggles. While he did achieve 1,000 career points on the afternoon, he couldn't seem to get his shots to fall, going four-of-11 shooting for 12 points.
It would finish with Clemson winning 78-67. They were led in scoring by Chase Hunter (1) with 14 points. Joining Hunter in double digits were Joseph Girard (11), PJ Hall (24), and Josh Beadle (0). As a team they shot 41 percent from three, 51 percent from the field, and 84 percent from the free-throw line.
The Seminoles finished with three players scoring in double digits. They were led by Jamir Watkins (2) with 15, Darin Green Jr (22) and Spears would contribute 13 and 12 points respectively. FSU would shoot a measly 22 percent from three, 40 percent from the field, and 73 percent from the free throw line.
While it wasn't their worst game from the charity stripe, they couldn't seem to get free throws, or any shot, to fall when they needed it. Also of note, Warley finished with nine points.
On the glass, Clemson would dominate, outrebounding Florida State 39-22. Clemson looked the most energetic on both ends of the floor, as the Tigers won the offensive rebounding battle seven to three and would clean up their defensive backboard totaling 39 to FSU's 19.
The only statistical category where the Seminoles would hold an advantage is in turnovers, where they gave the ball away 11 times to the Tigers' 15. Personal fouls were evenly split as FSU finished with 20 and Clemson totaled 19.
The Noles (11-7, 5-2 ACC) will travel to Syracuse next to face the Orange on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET