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Inside the box score: FSU 109, Clemson 61

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The Seminoles played a complete game

NCAA Basketball: Clemson at Florida State Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Following the Miami game, head coach Jim Larranaga commented on how difficult it was for the Hurricanes to make simple passes versus Florida State. The length at the ball, guarding guys further from the basket than they’re used to be being guarded, and the quickness in the passing lanes one pass away are a recipe for deflections and turnovers. There was one possession versus Clemson where three different FSU players got a deflection (Clemson still made a three after lucking into all three loose balls). There was another series where Trent Forrest got a deflection on three straight possessions. In total, this pressure defense turned Clemson over 22 times, which was 30% of their possessions. That’s the most they’ve turned it over in any game this year, and the most since January 9, 2014, against Florida State.
  2. With the win, FSU advanced to 20-4 (8-3). It is the 9th straight year that Florida State has won at least eight conference games. In the 15 years prior to this stretch, FSU won eight conference games one time.
  3. Xavier Rathan-Mayes had an excellent game, and Matt discussed this in his breakdown. XRM had nine assists, which matches his season high. He now has 397 assists for his career, and moved past Luke Loucks and Charlie Ward into 7th all time at FSU. His six points moved him past Larry Warren and Lawrence McCray into 33rd all time, seven points behind Devon Bookert.
  4. Braian Angola-Rodas made all three of his 3-point attempts, and since the 3rd game of the season is shooting 48% from beyond the arc. For the year he is at 40.6% on 32 attempts, while PJ Savoy is at 40.8% on 76 attempts. Including players who shoot less than one per game, Brandon Allen leads the team at 47.6%.
  5. FSU won 109-61, in a 73 possession game. The 1.49 points per possession (PPP) scored by Florida State is the highest vs a high major opponent since advanced stats became available (2001-02). It was the 2nd highest PPP scored during Leonard Hamilton’s tenure, trailing only 1.50 scored vs Nicholls State earlier this year. It was the most PPP given up by Clemson since at least 2001-02. Defensively, the 0.83 PPP allowed was the fewest for FSU vs an ACC opponent in two years.