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Dulkys' 3-pointers rally FSU

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State's Deividas Dulkys doesn't worry about how many shots he misses. He just keeps shooting.

It paid off Sunday night when Dulkys shook off a chilly start and hit three critical 3-pointers in the second half to lead the Seminoles to a 75-69 victory over Clemson in the ACC opener for both.

Dulkys led the Seminoles with 17 points, 13 in the second half. His 3-pointer with 3:36 to go gave FSU a 62-61 lead, and another with 1:06 left put the Seminoles up 69-65.

Dulkys was 2-of-7 in the first half and 0-of-3 from long range.

"The next one goes in," Dulkys said. "That's the way I approach the game."

He hit 3 of 4 3-pointers in the second half, all at clutch times.

"He's confident at this stage of his career that the next one is going in," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "That's the difference between a freshman and a junior."

FSU (7-2) hit six straight free throws in the final 38 seconds to seal the victory.

"I think (Sunday) was a sign that we are moving in the right direction," Hamilton said.

Dulkys didn't play in FSU's 60-38 win over Hartford after losing a fingernail on his non-shooting left hand in practice.

Chris Singleton added 13 points for the Seminoles, and senior guard Derwin Kitchen had nine points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

Demontez Stitt led Clemson with 18 points. Tanner Smith added 13 and Jerai Grant 12.

Clemson (5-4) led 34-28 at halftime and still had a 57-51 lead with 7:24 left.

"We had a chance to win this game and just didn't get it done," first-year Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. "We gave up too many easy baskets in the second half."

FSU 75

Clemson 69

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