Four days after dismantling Miami in the 2nd half, Florida State put together their most dominant game of the season. They never trailed after the game’s first four minutes. They led by 26 at halftime. They won by 48.
All of this against a team that Joe Lunardi currently projects as a 10-seed in the NCAA tournament. The final was 109-61.
While much of the 2nd half domination was fueled by insane 3-point shooting, the first half was just a good, old fashioned, beat down.
Dwayne Bacon came out as aggressive and in-control as he’s looked since putting FSU on his back in the 2nd half of the Virginia game. He had 18 points at the break on just eight shots.
The team shot 75% on 2s in that half, and forced Clemson to turn it over on 39% of their possessions.
After the break, Clemson was never able to make a run, and Florida State’s 12-18 performance from beyond the arc turned a big lead into a complete blowout.
The Florida State defense was active and smothering, holding Clemson to just 0.84 points per possession, which is their worst output of the year. FSU scored 1.49 per possession, which is the 4th best by any team in ACC play.
The 48-point margin of victory was 12 points larger than any game FSU has ever won since joining the ACC.
For highlights, everyone did everything. I’ll just post the box score from scacchoops.com.
FSU next plays NC State at home on Wednesday. The ‘Noles trail UNC by one game and are a half game ahead of Virginia and Louisville. The Cavs and Cards face off tomorrow night.