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Florida State Seminoles fall to Clemson Tigers 77-67

Luke Loucks, left, drives past Clemson’s Noel Johnson during the first half. The former Clearwater High standout led Florida State with 15 points one game after setting a career high with 19.

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Luke Loucks, left, drives past Clemson’s Noel Johnson during the first half. The former Clearwater High standout led Florida State with 15 points one game after setting a career high with 19.

CLEMSON, S.C. — A baseline inbound alley-oop for Chris Single­ton deflected off the bottom of the backboard in the final two minutes, symbolic of how off the mark Florida State was Wednesday night.

Even by the Seminoles' offensive standard, this was ugly.

One basket in their first 10 possessions. Two scoring droughts longer than 41/2 minutes. Six total first-half field goals.

It set the pace for their 77-67 defeat at Clemson, slipping the Seminoles (17-7, 5-5 ACC) into a three-way tie for sixth in the league standings with the Tigers (17-7, 5-5) and Georgia Tech.

"We just didn't come ready to play," FSU guard Luke Loucks said. "We had plenty of opportunities to get back in it, but we just let it get out of control."

Loucks, the former Clearwater High standout, had 10 of his 15 points in the final two minutes, but it wasn't enough to overcome a dismal scoring night in which FSU's 37.9 shooting percentage was inflated by a late flurry of uncontested lay-ins.

Clemson, which had lost four of five, snapped a three-game skid against the Seminoles.

While Ryan Reid held standout forward Trevor Booker (13 points, four rebounds) in check, the Tigers got unusual contributions from their role players. Backup point guard Andre Young and swingman David Potter each scored a career-high 19, and Booker's younger brother, freshman center Devin, had a season-high 14.

"I just didn't feel we played with the sense of urgency they played with, and that was the difference," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.

The Seminoles shot 25 percent in the first half but trailed by a mere 22-18 with 31/2 minutes left.

But Clemson had 13 points those final three minutes as the taller Seminoles had no answer for when the shortest player on the court, the 5-foot-8 Young, dribbled around a screen.

Clemson 77

FSU 67

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