FSU goes OT, tops Clemson

Seminoles survive, 91-84, will face Terps today

College Basketball

March 08, 2002|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Florida State point guard Delvon Arrington remembered the last time he played an overtime game against Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, two seasons ago, with the chance to play Maryland riding on the outcome, as well.

"I remembered that as soon as we went into overtime [last night], that I was aching the next day, against Maryland, and they had Steve Francis," Arrington said.

Like last time, the Seminoles survived Clemson, 91-84, last night in the first round of the ACC basketball tournament.

Florida State will face the Terrapins at noon today.

After allowing the Tigers (13-17) to send the game into overtime on a last-second tip-in, Florida State (12-16) went on a 10-2 run at the beginning of the extra period.

It was a point the team wouldn't have reached without the play of Arrington, who was a constant amid what Seminoles coach Steve Robinson called the "ebb and flow" of the team overall.

"He played 44 minutes," Robinson said. "So he was obviously the one who spent the most time on the floor [for Florida State]."

Arrington, one side of a point guard duel between him and Clemson's Edward Scott, scored 24 points to go along with six assists and six rebounds. He led the Seminoles on a late charge that erased a nine-point deficit.

With just under five minutes remaining, Scott, who finished with a team-high 23 points, hit two jumpers to put Clemson up by nine.

"I told them with three minutes left that we were still in the ballgame," Robinson said.

Florida State rallied and took the lead on an Arrington jumper with 32 seconds left, only to see Clemson answer when Tomas Nagys tipped in a missed Jamar McKnight jumper as time expired to send the game into overtime tied at 67.

The Tigers were out of gas at that point, watching helplessly as Florida State took Clemson's missed shots and raced down the floor for dunks by Monte Cummings (17 points) and Antwuan Dixon (11) on consecutive possessions.

CLEMSON -- Henderson 2-7 0-1 4, Hobbs 1-3 1-3 3, Stockman 2-15 1-2 7, Scott 9-24 1-1 23, McKnight 4-14 2-4 12, Nagys 5-6 7-10 18, Ford 4-5 4-6 12, Babalola 0-0 0-0 0, Christie 1-3 0-0 2, Clifton 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 29-79 16-27 84.

FLORIDA STATE -- A. Dixon 4-9 1-2 11, Waleskowski 0-4 8-8 8, N. Dixon 3-7 3-10 9, Arrington 7-14 6-10 24, Cummings 6-17 5-10 17, Joiner 5-6 3-6 15, Bracy 0-0 0-0 0, Harvey 3-3 1-2 7, Haywood 0-1 0-0 0, Mathews 0-0 0-0 0, Richardson 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 28-65 27-48 91.

Halftime--Florida St., 36-33. 3-point goals--Clemson 10-29 (Scott 4-9, McKnight 2-6, Stockman 2-10, Nagys 1-1, Clifton 1-2, Christie 0-1), Florida St. 8-18 (Arrington 4-5, Joiner 2-3, A. Dixon 2-6, Waleskowski 0-1, Richardson 0-1, Cummings 0-2). Fouled out--Hobbs, McKnight, Nagys. Rebounds--Clemson 53 (Ford 11), Florida St. 53 (N. Dixon 13). Assists--Clemson 14 (Scott 7), Florida St. 16 (Arrington 6). Total fouls--Clemson 31, Florida St. 20. A--16,333.

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