Clemson did something on Wednesday that has not happened at Clemson since 1952 … its men’s basketball team won its 11th conference game thanks to a 76-63 victory over Florida State at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson.
The Tigers finished the season 15-1 at home, the third best home record in Clemson history. The win also marked the 18th-ranked Tigers first ever 11-win season in ACC play.
“I could not be more proud of our guys,” Clemson head coach Brad Brownell said. “Eleven ACC wins and then fifteen home wins and 15-1 at home this year. I’m super happy for our seniors and for us to win our last game here. It was a lot of fun for us.”
Marcquise Reed led Clemson with 22 points, while Gabe DeVoe, in his final game at Littlejohn Coliseum, added 13 points. Shelton Mitchell and Elijah Thomas added 11 points as well. Mitchell also had three assists, while Thomas had eight rebounds.
Reed, who also had seven rebounds and five assists, dropped in two key buckets in the final eight minutes, plus a length of the floor pass to Elijah Thomas for an easy layup that allowed Clemson to get some separation from the Seminoles down the stretch.
“I think our guys played well down the stretch and did a better job taking care of the ball, rebounding it well against a big, strong athletic team, especially in the last ten minutes of the game I thought we played good basketball,” Brownell said. “It was just an excellent way to end what has been a terrific year here in Littlejohn.”
Mitchell nailed a wide open three with 1:31 to play in the game, giving the Tigers a 68-61 lead.
The victory over the Seminoles (19-10, 8-9 ACC) was also big because it allowed the Tigers to tie North Carolina, for the time being, for the No. 3 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Clemson (22-7, 11-6 ACC) led 35-32 at the break after Mitchell drained a three-pointer from the right wing with two seconds left. Th game was tied six times and had six lead changes before the Tigers pulled away at the end.
Phil Cofer led FSU with 21 points.
The Tigers will close out the regular season on Saturday with a 2 p.m. tip at Syracuse.