Florida State gets first ACC win over Clemson 75-69

13 Dec

By Darius Barnes

Deividas Dulkys: the FSU guard had 17 pts 5 reb and 3 stls to lead his Seminoles to victory

Coming off a week-long layoff after their win over the Hartford Hawks, the Seminoles hosted ACC rival Clemson Tigers Sunday in Tallahassee at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The game was close throughout, as neither team could grasp a double-digit advantage at any point during the contest. Florida State started the game slowly, scoring only 28 first half points, with half of their 14 turnovers coming in the first 13 minutes. Neither team shot well in the first half. Clemson hit 37.5 percent of its tries (12 of 32), despite Milton Jennings’ 0-for-10 opening half, while FSU managed only 35.5 percent shooting, taking a 34-28 deficit into the locker room.

The second half was a complete turn around for the Noles. They began taking better care of the ball on their way to scoring 47 second half points. A large part of the scoring came from Deividas Dulkys.

Dulkys led the Seminoles with 17 points, 13 coming in the second half. His 3-point basket with 3:36 remaining gave Florida State a 62-61 lead, and he drained another with 1:06 left to put the Seminoles up 69-65. Florida State (7-2) hit six straight free throws in the final 38 seconds to seal the victory.

Other key contributors to the Seminoles’ victory included Chris Singleton who shot 50 percent from the floor, adding 13 points, and senior guard, Derwin Kitchen, who also chipped in nine points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

This win should boost the confidence of the Seminoles, who got a win over their first ACC opponent, and now sit atop the ACC Standings tied with Virginia and Boston College. While young, this team show flashes of excellence, indicating that they can compete against the top teams in the ACC. Their struggles have come with scoring consistently. As usual, Coach Leonard Hamilton’s defense is one of the nation’s best, with Chris Singleton leading them in steals this season. This team will gain more confidence as the season goes on, and if their players continue to improve and knock down shots, they can see themselves in playing on into March.

The Noles play host to the Stetson Hatters out of the Atlantic Sun Wednesday, December 15th at 9pm. The Noles hope to put together a three game winning streak for the second time this season.

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