Clemson played one of their best games of the season Sunday night at Florida State, but it wasn’t enough as the Noles used a late surge to down the Tigers.
Demontez Stitt led the Tigers with 18 points. Stitt was 5-9 from the field, including 3-3 from behind the line.
Four other Tigers poored in double figures on the night. Tanner Smith added 13, Jerai Grant 12, Andre Young 11 and Devin Booker 12.
Clemson shot 41 percent from the field from the night, but stayed in the game from three. Clemson hit 8-22 from three good enough for 36 percent.
Florida State jumped out ot an early lead as the Tigers didn’t score until 16:27 remaining in the first half. The Tigers fought back and tied the game at 8-8 with 13:30 to go in the first half on a three pointer by Tanner Smith.
Clemson took the lead 15-11 with 11:33 to go in the half after Jerai Grant hit two free throws. After Andre Young hit a three pointer with 5:56 to go in the half the Tigers lead had climbed to 25-18.
The Tigers led 34-28 at the end of the first half and it looked like the Tigers might end their losing streak.
Florida State surged to open the second half. The Noles used a 12-5 run to take the lead 40-39 with 15:08 to go. For the next five minutes the game remained close.
The Tigers built the lead to six at 57-51 with 7:24 to go. Florida State regained the lead 62-61 with 3:05 to go in the game. The Noles surged late and stretched the lead to four. Clemson never could get closer than four in the final minutes.
Clemson fell to 5-4 on the season and 0-1 in the ACC. The Tigers will play Savannah State Friday night in LittleJohn.