After getting beaten handily by Virginia, FSU had to turn around and play yet another top 10 defense, and a team that would do everything to slow FSU down. The game began a lot like the Virginia game - with FSU failing to score before the under 16 timeout - but then Ian Miller and Aaron Thomas came off the bench and FSU started scoring. The Noles offense put up 11 straight points, holding Clemson to just 2 in the game's first 7+ minutes.
FSU maintained the lead for the rest of the half, but only led by five after Ian Miller and Boris Bojanovsky both missed the front end of 1 and 1s.
Clemson led off the 2nd half with a 3-pointer, and it looked like FSU would be in for another classic ACC nail biter. But it wasn't to be. Devon Bookert scored eight straight points and Clemson couldn't close the gap against FSU's defense. Everytime Clemson started to make a run, FSU would bow up on defense and get a big stop (forcing 18 turnovers and five blocks). With 13 minutes to play and FSU up 10, Clemson was forced to abort their game plan of slowing FSU down and they were forced to try to run with the Noles. At that point, the game was over.
Ian Miller played a great game, finishing with 15 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Aaron Thomas and Devon Bookert each had 10, while freshman Jarquez Smith had a career high 8 points. FSU is just the fourth team this year to score more than a point per possession vs Clemson.
Now FSU (10-4, 1-1) gets a couple days off before facing Maryland at home on Sunday.