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Florida State runs away from No. 20 Clemson

Field Level Media
24 Jan 2021, 08:55 GMT+10

Sardaar Calhoun came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points Saturday as Florida State rolled past No. 20 Clemson 80-61 in Tallahassee, Fla.

Calhoun, a transfer from Missouri State-West Plains who entered the game with a 4.0 scoring average, made 4-of-7 shots from the floor, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range to key the Seminoles' 43-percent shooting effort from beyond the arc.

Florida State improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with its fourth consecutive decisive victory since returning to action following a two-week break for COVID-19 protocols within its own program as well as opponents.

The Seminoles have outscored their last four opponents by an average of 18 points.

Florida State made 12-of-28 shots from 3-point range against the Tigers (9-4, 3-4), who have lost three in a row following an 11-day break for COVID-19 protocols.

Clemson's last three opponents have made 53 percent of their shots from 3-point range.

Florida State led by as many as 20 points in the first half and took an 18-point lead, 42-24, into halftime. The Seminoles continued their onslaught after the break, outscoring Clemson 27-7 to open the second half and push their lead to as many as 38 points with 11:20 remaining.

The Seminoles' Balsa Koprivica posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds and RaiQuan Gray had 11 points. M.J. Walker scored 10 points before leaving the game with 15:29 remaining after being hit by a teammates' elbow on a free throw attempt. He did not return.

The Seminoles avenged a 10-point loss at Clemson on Dec. 29 by shooting 48.3 percent overall and outrebounding the Tigers 41-31.

John Newman II scored 12 points and was the lone player in double figures for Clemson, as the Tigers shot just 30.4 percent from the floor and made only 5-of-30 shots from beyond the arc (16.7 percent). Clemson did manage to make 22-of-26 free throws or the final outcome would have been more lopsided.

--Field Level Media

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