Jan 13, 2004
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Shawan Robinson scored 10 points - the only player in the game to score double figures - to lead Clemson to a 53-48 victory over Florida State on Tuesday night, giving first-year coach Oliver Purnell his first Atlantic Coast Conference win.
Clemson (8-6, 1-2 ACC) used a late 9-0 run and then survived some poor free throw shooting to hang on for the victory. Both teams shot poorly from the floor. The Tigers shot 34.8 percent compared with the Seminoles' (12-4, 1-2) 37 percent.
Michael Joiner and Alexander Johnson each scored nine points for Florida State, which has lost 17 consecutive conference road games. In its last two games, Florida State has made just 35-of-95 shots from the field.
Robinson barely got to double figures. He had to make a free throw with 32.8 seconds remaining to get 10 points.
Trailing 27-19 at the half, Florida State opened the second half with an 11-2 run to go up 30-29 with 12:44 remaining. Alexander Johnson made two field goals and Adam Waleskowski and Tim Pickett both had 3-pointers during the run.
After Pickett's 3, the Seminoles went cold. They scored just one field goal in the next nine minutes.
Clemson's 9-0 run was led by Robinson's 3-pointer during and Akin Akingbala capped it with a dunk to give the Tigers a 44-33 lead with 4:20 left.
Clemson made just 9 of 17 from the line down the stretch to allow the Seminoles to stay in the game.
But Florida State could get no closer than three points at 51-48 with 14.4 seconds left.