Morgan Jones had one of the biggest games in Florida State history. The Seminoles needed every point.
Jones scored 36 points — tied for sixth on FSU’s all-time single-game scoring list — as FSU held off Clemson for a 95-88 victory in double overtime on Thursday night. The junior guard shot 14 of 23 from the floor, 8 of 9 from the free-throw line and had 11 rebounds.
“I’m not going to lie,” Jones said. “I’m tired. Just finding a way to win. … My teammates were great tonight.”
Jones later joked that her recovery would consist of getting some sleep. It was her best game as a collegiate player and secured a big win in the ACC. When asked what Jones’ best game was in high school, she quickly responded — 51 points but in a loss.
The school record for scoring in a single game was 40 by Natasha Howard at Syracuse in Feb. 2014.
Interim head coach Brooke Wyckoff said Jones battled a twisted ankle and muscle cramping late in the game.
FSU (5-2, 4-2 ACC) was playing at home for the first time in a month. The Seminoles are now 4-0 this season at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles have now won 32 of their last 36 against the Tigers and 16 of their last 18 against them at home.
A number of FSU players logged heavy minutes: Sammie Puisis (50 minutes), Kourtney Weber (47), Bianca Jackson (44) and Jones (41). Puisis scored a career-high 18 points, while Jackson added 18 points, six assists and three rebounds.
FSU shot 33 of all 66 from the floor. Puisis made 5 of 12 3-pointers.
“This really is a huge win for us,” Wyckoff said. “But the way we found a way to win. They all found something within them that they probably didn’t know they had.”
Delicia Washington scored 33 points on 15 of 31 shooting for Clemson (8-5, 3-5).
FSU travels to face Georgia Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
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