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Florida State rallies from 18 down to beat Clemson in OT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Leonard Hamilton's 500th win as a college head coach will be one he is going to remember for a long time.

Hamilton's Florida State team trailed 11th-ranked Clemson by 18 early in the second half on Wednesday but rallied to send it into overtime before winning 81-79.

After the game, Hamilton took the milestones in stride - it is also his 300th victory in 16 seasons at Florida State - and was focusing more on what the win means for his team going into the final four Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season games.

''The most important thing is we came out with a win,'' Hamilton said. ''I just want to stay in the moment. Every game that we play from here on out we have to stay exceptionally focused.''

Florida State (18-8, 7-7) tied the game twice in the second half but didn't take its first lead until 1:05 remaining in overtime when Trent Forrest made a layup to put them up 75-74. The 6-foot-5 sophomore guard, who came into the game averaging 6.0 points, scored a career-high 16 with eight coming in the final 5:08 of the game.

''It was all about picking the perfect time to go and attack the rim. I was playing off my teammates and was trying to work on finishing,'' he said.

After Clemson was called for a 5-second violation on the inbounds, Forrest came up big with another driving layup to put FSU up by three.

Clemson scored four of the next six points to get within 79-78 but Forrest made both free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining to extend the margin to three.

Reed was fouled with 3 seconds remaining. He made the first and missed the second. Clemson was unable to get off a last-second shot though to send it to another overtime.

Phil Cofer, who scored all 17 of his points after halftime, said the key to the rally was being more aggressive driving into the paint along with turning up the defensive pressure.

''Honestly, we were focused on our defense and getting stops so that our offense would take over,'' he said.

Clemson led 41-29 at halftime as it made seven 3-pointers in the first half while Florida State had more turnovers (11) than field goals (9). An Aamir Simms 3-pointer gave the Tigers a 49-31 lead with 18:06 remaining before Florida State was able to start battling back as it went on a 17-2 run.

Clemson would score four straight to go up 55-48 but the Seminoles eventually fought back to tie it at 59 on Cofer's jumper with 6:59 remaining.

The Tigers scored seven straight points and appeared to regain control. They were up 70-64 with 2:24 remaining, but missed their final four shots in regulation. Florida State made its last three shots to send it into overtime, including a driving off-balance layup by Forrest with eight seconds remaining.

Marcquise Reed scored 23 points while Gabe Devoe and David Skara had 11 each for Clemson (20-5, 9-4), which has lost its last three to Florida State.

''We had a couple bad stretches in the second half and in overtime made one or two bad plays,'' Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. ''We won the first half, they won the second. They beat us by a play.''

BIIG PICTURE

Clemson: The Tigers were on the verge of winning five straight conference games for only the third time since 1991-92, but had 12 turnovers in the second half along with not being able to get to the foul line.

Florida State: After dropping games against Virginia and Notre Dame last week, the Seminoles were able to bounce back with one of their biggest comebacks in years. They are .500 in the conference, but a victory over a team that is number four in the RPI helps boost the resume.

STAR WATCH

Terance Mann, who is Florida State's leading scorer, was held to eight points in two games last week but was able to return to form with 13 points and seven rebounds in the win over Clemson.

INJURIES

Clemson's Shelton Mitchell took a shot to the head with 11 seconds remaining and was knocked out momentarily. Brownell said Mitchell was taken to the hospital for a CT scan and didn't have any update.

UP NEXT

Clemson: Hosts Duke on Sunday. The Tigers are 3-2 against ranked teams this season.

Florida State: Hosts Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Seminoles have lost their last two against the Panthers.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Terance Mann 3.0
  Marcquise Reed missed 2nd of 2 free throws 3.0
+ 1 Marcquise Reed made 1st of 2 free throws 3.0
  Personal foul on CJ Walker 3.0
+ 1 Trent Forrest made 2nd of 2 free throws 5.0
+ 1 Trent Forrest made 1st of 2 free throws 5.0
  Personal foul on Marcquise Reed 5.0
+ 1 David Skara made 2nd of 2 free throws 6.0
  David Skara missed 1st of 2 free throws 6.0
  Personal foul on CJ Walker 6.0
  Bad pass turnover on Terance Mann, stolen by David Skara 6.0
Team Stats
Points 79 81
Field Goals 28-61 (45.9%) 32-61 (52.5%)
3-Pointers 10-26 (38.5%) 5-19 (26.3%)
Free Throws 13-18 (72.2%) 12-20 (60.0%)
Total Rebounds 32 33
Offensive 5 7
Defensive 22 21
Team 5 5
Assists 12 14
Steals 9 9
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 21 17
Fouls 17 21
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
17 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
12OTT
away team logo 11 Clemson 20-5 4129979
home team logo Florida State 18-8 29411181
Team Stats
away team logo 11 Clemson 20-5 73.8 PPG 38.4 RPG 13.2 APG
home team logo Florida State 18-8 80.2 PPG 40.7 RPG 14.9 APG
Key Players
2
M. Reed G 15.8 PPG 4.7 RPG 3.3 APG 43.0 FG%
0
P. Cofer F 12.8 PPG 5.1 RPG 0.7 APG 48.6 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Reed G 23 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
P. Cofer F 17 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
45.9 FG% 52.5
38.5 3PT FG% 26.3
72.2 FT% 60.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Reed 45 23 3 4 2 0 5 2 8/21 3/9 4/5 2 1
G. DeVoe 39 11 3 2 2 1 4 2 3/8 3/6 2/2 0 3
A. Simms 13 10 2 0 1 0 0 2 4/6 2/3 0/0 1 1
S. Mitchell 31 8 3 2 1 0 4 3 3/7 1/2 1/2 0 3
E. Thomas 25 8 9 1 0 1 3 4 2/3 0/0 4/6 1 8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Reed 45 23 3 4 2 0 5 2 8/21 3/9 4/5 2 1
G. DeVoe 39 11 3 2 2 1 4 2 3/8 3/6 2/2 0 3
A. Simms 13 10 2 0 1 0 0 2 4/6 2/3 0/0 1 1
S. Mitchell 31 8 3 2 1 0 4 3 3/7 1/2 1/2 0 3
E. Thomas 25 8 9 1 0 1 3 4 2/3 0/0 4/6 1 8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Skara 38 11 6 2 3 0 3 1 5/8 0/2 1/2 1 5
C. Trapp 14 5 0 1 0 0 1 2 2/5 0/1 1/1 0 0
M. Donnal 20 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 1
L. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Fields - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Spencer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Oliver II - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. William - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 79 27 12 9 2 21 17 28/61 10/26 13/18 5 22
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
P. Cofer 37 17 5 1 0 0 1 3 8/11 1/4 0/0 1 4
T. Mann 38 13 8 3 2 2 4 1 4/6 1/1 4/6 2 6
B. Angola 23 10 4 1 2 0 5 1 5/13 0/4 0/0 2 2
C. Walker 26 7 2 3 0 1 0 5 3/5 1/2 0/2 0 2
C. Koumadje 7 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
P. Cofer 37 17 5 1 0 0 1 3 8/11 1/4 0/0 1 4
T. Mann 38 13 8 3 2 2 4 1 4/6 1/1 4/6 2 6
B. Angola 23 10 4 1 2 0 5 1 5/13 0/4 0/0 2 2
C. Walker 26 7 2 3 0 1 0 5 3/5 1/2 0/2 0 2
C. Koumadje 7 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Forrest 31 16 1 4 1 1 1 2 7/11 0/0 2/2 0 1
P. Savoy 16 8 2 2 1 0 2 1 1/5 1/5 5/6 0 2
M. Walker 28 7 0 0 0 0 3 5 3/7 1/3 0/0 0 0
I. Obiagu 7 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 1
M. Kabengele 12 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/2 2 3
B. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Light - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lindner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Polite - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Prieto - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Wilkes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 81 28 14 9 5 17 21 32/61 5/19 12/20 7 21