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Dec. 13, 1998

Clemson Downs No. 17 Florida State

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Point guard Terrell McIntyre scored 15 points and was back at full speed for Clemson, which used a 17-8 run to hand No. 17 Florida State its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss, 86-65 Tuesday night.

The Seminoles (12-5, 1-4) made some national noise with victories over Connecticut and defending NCAA champion Arizona earlier this season. But in league play, they have fallen to last place, losing to Maryland and Duke before Clemson's victory.

McIntyre missed three games and spent most of a month recovering from a painful right foot injury. He did not start for the Tigers (11-5, 2-2), but less than two minutes in and Florida State leading 5-2, he took the floor and quickly showed his importance.

He scored seven points as Clemson grabbed a 30-22 lead that it never gave up.

When Florida State closed to 43-40 on Corey Louis' opening basket of the second half, McIntyre fired up the Tigers with three driving layups and several breakout passes.

By the time McIntyre left for a break with just less than eight minutes to go, Clemson was in front 70-52 and heading for its most lopsided league win in coach Rick Barnes' four seasons.

Clemson outscored Florida State 69-33 with McIntyre in the game, while the Tigers were outscored 32-17 with him on the bench.

Greg Buckner had 20 points to lead the Tigers, who finished with five players in double figures.

Louis topped the Seminoles with 14 points.

Neither Clemson nor Florida State could afford another loss and hope to stay close to the ACC's - and the country's - top two of North Carolina and Duke.

With new coach Steve Robinson, Florida State looked like it was ready to challenge in ACC basketball as it has dominated league football the past six seasons.

But against Clemson, the Seminoles were careless with 23 turnovers and too aggressive. Second-leading scorer Randell Jackson fouled out with 11 minutes remaining after scoring 13 points.

Clemson had fallen from the Top 25 this week after losing at Wake Forest last Thursday. McIntyre scored 13 points in 20 minutes in that game, but often limped to the bench and struggled to keep up on defense.

On Tuesday night, he shadowed Seminole guards Kerry Thompson and LaMarr Greer, finishing with eight assists and two steals.

The Seminoles went 4:27 of the first half without scoring, but Jackson scored five straight points to keep them within 43-38 at halftime.

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