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FSU throws a 3 party, routs Clemson

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Florida State has been inconsistent from 3-point range this season, including a 1-of-17 performance in a win over Tennessee. The Seminoles have made it a point of emphasis in the last week.

And it showed.

Devin Vassell scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds and No. 17 Florida State made a season-high 15 three-pointers in a 72-53 rout of Clemson on Sunday. The Seminoles had hit only 11 three-pointers in their last three games combined.

“Once they get momentum and start making a few 3s it becomes extremely difficult,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said.

Florida State (8-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) did just that in the second half. The Seminoles drained 11 of 18 shots (61.1%) from beyond the arc in the second half and finished 15 of 32 (46.9%) from 3-point range.

Anthony Polite had 12 points, knocking down four 3-pointers. M.J. Walker scored 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers, for Florida State. Eight Seminoles made at least one shot from beyond the arc. Florida State shot 25 of 54 (46.3%) from the floor.

“We were a lot more aggressive in the paint,” Polite said. “And it definitely made it easy for our shooters to catch the ball and shoot. The percentage went up. Offensively we were just a lot smoother.”

Clemson’s offense was not, especially in the second half. Florida State led 33-27 at the break, but Clemson was just 7 of 27 (25.9%) from the floor _ and 3 of 14 (21.4%) from beyond the arc _ in the final 20 minutes.

The Seminoles also had nine blocks.

“In the second half we just didn’t execute very well,” Brownell said. “We made a lot of silly plays. Our poor offense took away a lot of our energy. We couldn’t score a basket.”

Tevin Mack scored 14 points and Al-Amir Dawes added 13 points for Clemson (5-4, 0-2), which had 18 turnovers.

Trent Forrest and Patrick Williams had nine points apiece for Florida State, which finished shooting 25 of 54 (46.3%). 

“We’ve been spending a lot of time working on our perimeter shooting,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “We got a lot more assists because we realized that it was kind of hitting your head against a brick wall trying to drive into the lane. So we started driving and kicking, which created some more high-percentage shots from the perimeter.”

TUCK TALKING POINTS

Three party: The Seminoles’ 15 three-pointers ties for the third-most shots made from beyond the arc in an ACC game. FSU made 17 3s against Clemson in 2017, which is the most for the Seminoles in an ACC game.

Dominating at the Tuck: The Seminoles are 20-1 at home since the start of the 2018-19 season.

UP NEXT: FSU has exam week. The Seminoles have a long time off before playing host to North Florida on Dec. 17.

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