Shooting: woes snap FSU men’s basketball’s winning streak in loss to Clemson

Clemson did a very good job of not allowing us to get them out of rhythm from a defensive standpoint,” FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said. “They executed and game plan. We’ve been very disruptive, getting deflections and steals, and not allowing our opponents to get comfortable running their offense.

“We didn’t quite seem to have the focus to be disruptive as you have to be in the ACC in order to be successful. We need those extra deflections and steals, so we can get out in transition. We need to contest long shots and get rebounds. Today we weren’t able to do that.

Clemson dominated on all three offensive aspects of the game, shooting 25-of-49 from the field for 51% and 7-of-17 for 41.2% from 3-point range. At the line, while both teams had a similar number of chances, the Tigers shot 21-of-25 from the charity stripe for 84%.

Clemson’s Chase Hunter constantly drew fouls and shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the line. Hunter led the Tigers in scoring with 14 points.

Defensively, the Tigers dominated on the boards, out-rebounding the Seminoles, 39-to-22 and had 32 defensive pulldowns to FSU’s 12. Joseph Girard III and Jack Clark both had seven rebounds. PJ Hall and Ian Schieffelin had six.

“Today Clemson was able to execute its system and get the ball where they wanted to,” Hamilton said. “That was a very hard-fought loss for us.

FSU went on a handful of scoreless droughts, including a six-minute drought in the second half, leading to 40.7% shooting from the field as a team. The Seminoles landed just 22-of-54 shots from the field. Even at the line, the Seminoles were 19-of-26 for 73%.

“I thought tonight we weren’t as focused as we have been on offensive rebounding,” Hamilton said. “There were some times where I don’t know who would’ve got them, but we didn’t go. We stood and looked over someone’s shoulder.

Jamir Watkins led FSU in scoring with 15 points each. Jalen Warley recorded his 100th career steal in the first half and finished with nine points. Primo Spears finished with 12 points and eclipsed 1,000 career points off of 2-of-2 free throw shooting late in the second half.

“When you go from the hunter to the hunted that’s a big change,” Hamilton said. “It’s not easy to win five in a row in the ACC. People respect that. They’ve [Clemson] lost three of the last four. We had won six of the last seven going into this game. That’s part of what separates good from great.”

“Maturity will allow you to understand that the most success you have is about the more focus that you have because most people will give you their best shot every time you play. That’s a maturing aspect of the game and I thought we exposed a little immaturity.

Gideon Canice

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