网上体育投注官网Controlling one's own destiny may be a bit tougher than expected.
网上体育投注官网This is a lesson the Florida State men's basketball team learned the hard way Saturday afternoon.
网上体育投注官网Playing for the first time since they moved into the driver's seat to winning the ACC regular-season championship, the Seminoles couldn't quite keep their winning streak going.
A last-second layup from Clemson freshman Al-Amir Dawes gave the Tigers (15-13, 9-9 in ACC) a 70-69 win over the No. 6 Seminoles (24-5, 14-4 in ACC) at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson Saturday afternoon.
网上体育投注官网The game-winning shot snaps a four-game winning streak for the Seminoles and sees them lose control of their destiny atop the ACC standings.
It was also a game the Seminoles seemed to have under control at one point, leading by as much as 10 early in the second half. The Tigers led for just two minutes and 14 seconds of their win Saturday.
However, a stretch of nearly nine minutes without a made field goal in the early second half loomed large for the Seminoles.
网上体育投注官网Devin Vassell led FSU with 14 points and added seven rebounds. Trent Forrest scored 11 points, including a floater with nine seconds left that nearly gave FSU a 69-68 win before Dawes' buzzer-beater.
Dawes and Clemson guard John Newman III led the Tigers with 18 points each.
Bizarre sequence in final seconds
网上体育投注官网Before Forrest's shot to put FSU up with nine seconds left, he had another go-ahead basket, this one a dunk, with 15 seconds left off a Clemson turnover.
However, a whistle from a referee negated Forrest's basket. After a lengthy review, it was deemed an inadvertent whistle, giving FSU the ball. Forrest gave FSU the lead, but the Seminoles were unable to get the stop on the final possession that would have locked up the victory.
FSU dominated inside
Reflecting back on the loss, FSU will see one big reason why it came up just short.
In a game where the Seminoles shot better from the floor, three-point range and the free-throw line, the Tigers' dominance in the paint looms large in the result.
Clemson nearly doubled FSU in points in the paint, 40 to 24. The Tigers made 17 of 21 layups while FSU attempted just seven and made five.
网上体育投注官网This discrepancy didn't carry into rebounding where FSU outrebounded Clemson 34-32, but it was significant enough to propel the Tigers to the win.
FSU's strong start goes wasted
网上体育投注官网The Seminoles couldn't have gotten off to a much better start at Clemson.
Their hot shooting propelled them to a lead for the vast majority of the first half. FSU shot 61.5% in the first half and made five three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes.
网上体育投注官网FSU forward Malik Osborne was responsible for three of those threes, all in the opening 3:40 of the game. He finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
网上体育投注官网This hot start -- which led to a 39-32 halftime lead -- helped the Seminoles through their extended stretch of shooting struggles for much of the second half.
In the end, though, it proved too much to overcome for the Seminoles as the Tigers hit their final seven field goals.
The second half was a notable step back in production for the Seminoles, who shot 37.5% and 33.3% from three after halftime.
In addition to shooting struggles after halftime, FSU also had to overcome some possessions issues against the Tigers that proved costly.
FSU turned it over 16 times against Clemson while forcing just 12 turnovers itself. Six different FSU players had at least two turnovers.
Of those turnovers, six were offensive fouls on the Seminoles.
The Seminoles' final road test of the regular season comes Wednesday before they host their Senior Day game Saturday.
FSU travels to South Bend to take on Notre Dame at 9 p.m on March 4.
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