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Kabengele leads No. 16 Florida State to 77-64 win at Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Trent Forrest said Florida State entered the season hoping to make history. The 16th-ranked Seminoles certainly did that at Clemson.

Mfiondu Kabengele had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Florida State set a program record with its eighth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference victory in a 77-64 win over the Tigers on Tuesday night.

The Seminoles (21-5, 9-4 ACC) had not won this many consecutive league games since joining the conference before the 1991-92 season. They won 11 straight Metro Conference games in 1977-78.

''It shows how locked in we've been,'' said Forrest, a junior guard. ''Our seniors came into the year wanting to make history and I feel like we're helping them with that.''

Florida State used its size, strength and speed to keep the run going against the Tigers, holding on after seeing an 18-point edge cut to 59-52 with eight minutes left. That's as close as Clemson (15-11, 5-8) would get in dropping its third in a row and getting swept by Florida State for the second time in three seasons.

Kabengele led the way on both sides of the ball. He hit 9 of 13 from the field, blocked two shots, and his rebounds were a season high. Then again, Clemson had trouble stopping much of anything Florida State did around the basket. The Seminoles' starting center in 7-foot-4 Christ Koumadje went 4-of-6 shooting for 10 points with seven rebounds and a pair of blocks.

''Our coaches emphasize us bigs being a major factor in games,'' said Kabengele, the 6-10 sophomore. ''To have me and Christ to both have good parts to the game helps us get good wins.''

That wasn't the case early on in ACC play as Florida State started 1-4 with losses at Pitt and Boston College. It got things in gear against Clemson with a 77-68 win on Jan. 22 and has not lost since.

''The streak continues,'' Kabengele said with a smile.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton is grateful for his team's successful run. He's even happier that his players are gelling so well and improving their play every time out. The streak? It won't help a bit, he said, in his team's next contest at No. 8 North Carolina on Saturday.

''In reality, it doesn't mean anything other than people are probably going to play us a little bit harder,'' he said.

The Seminoles took control after Clemson closed to 23-21 on Marcquise Reed's 3-pointer with 6:18 left in the half. Florida then went on a 15-2 surge the rest of the half with Kabengele hitting three buckets and Walker landing a 3-pointer.

When Trent Forrest got his off-balance push shot on a drive to the basket to go right before the buzzer sounded, Florida State went to the locker room ahead 38-23. The lead grew as large as 18.

Forrest finished with 14 points.

Reed had 20 points to lead Clemson, which was coming off two gut-wrenching, one point defeats at Miami (65-64) and at Louisville (56-55) before this. Tigers coach Brad Brownell said his team was deflated when it returned to campus Sunday after the Louisville loss, but thought they had rebounded enough that this game should have been more competitive.

''I thought our energy was good,'' Brownell said. ''They were just better than us.''

BIG PICTURE

Florida State: The Seminoles' offense was relentless with guard Trent Forrest and Terance Mann pushing the ball at the basket where their bigger teammates like Kabengele and Koumadje took control. It's a formula that works well in the postseason where Florida State reached the NCAA's round of eight last year.

Clemson: The Tigers came into the season ranked and with high expectations after their NCAA Tournament run to the Sweet 16 a year ago. But the team of four senior starters appeared way out of synch in this one. Clemson has had two three-game losing streaks in ACC play and may have to do something remarkable for make another appearance in the Big Dance.

TURNAROUND

Hamilton said his team's early ACC troubles were in part blending in newcomers along with injuries to mainstays like Phil Cofer, who missed the first win over Clemson last month. Hamilton was confident his team would recover and anyway, ''there was a high probability we wouldn't go undefeated in ACC play,'' he said.

OLD SCHOOL

With all the focus on fabulous freshmen, Florida State and Clemson had a throwback game with a combined seven players in the two starting lineups as seniors. The Seminoles' senior starter were Cofer, Mann and Koumadje. Clemson had four starters in Elijah Thomas, David Skara, Reed and Shelton Mitchell.

UP NEXT

Florida State ends a three-game road swing at North Carolina on Saturday.

Clemson plays Boston College at home Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 David Skara made layup, assist by Shelton Mitchell 18.0
  Defensive rebound by Shelton Mitchell 23.0
  Terance Mann missed 3-pt. jump shot 25.0
  Defensive rebound by Terance Mann 53.0
  Marcquise Reed missed layup 55.0
+ 2 Terance Mann made dunk 1:02
  Defensive rebound by Terance Mann 1:02
  Clyde Trapp missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:02
  Clyde Trapp missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:02
  Shooting foul on M.J. Walker 1:02
+ 1 M.J. Walker made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:08
Team Stats
Points 77 64
Field Goals 29-60 (48.3%) 23-60 (38.3%)
3-Pointers 7-18 (38.9%) 8-23 (34.8%)
Free Throws 12-17 (70.6%) 10-16 (62.5%)
Total Rebounds 43 32
Offensive 8 7
Defensive 32 21
Team 3 4
Assists 12 11
Steals 4 5
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 12 11
Fouls 21 18
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 11 REB
20 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo 16 Florida State 21-5 383977
home team logo Clemson 15-11 234164
Team Stats
away team logo 16 Florida State 21-5 74.9 PPG 40.1 RPG 12.9 APG
home team logo Clemson 15-11 69.0 PPG 38.3 RPG 12.3 APG
Key Players
25
M. Kabengele F 12.9 PPG 5.7 RPG 0.3 APG 49.5 FG%
2
M. Reed G 19.3 PPG 5.7 RPG 3.1 APG 44.8 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Kabengele F 19 PTS 11 REB 0 AST
M. Reed G 20 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
48.3 FG% 38.3
38.9 3PT FG% 34.8
70.6 FT% 62.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Forrest 14 8 3 5/8 0/0 4/6 1 27 1 0 2 0 8
C. Koumadje 10 7 0 4/6 0/0 2/2 2 14 0 2 1 2 5
T. Mann 9 5 4 3/10 1/4 2/2 2 35 1 0 1 2 3
M. Walker 9 1 2 2/5 1/2 4/6 4 29 0 0 2 0 1
P. Cofer 5 4 1 2/6 1/4 0/0 3 30 0 0 2 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Forrest 14 8 3 5/8 0/0 4/6 1 27 1 0 2 0 8
C. Koumadje 10 7 0 4/6 0/0 2/2 2 14 0 2 1 2 5
T. Mann 9 5 4 3/10 1/4 2/2 2 35 1 0 1 2 3
M. Walker 9 1 2 2/5 1/2 4/6 4 29 0 0 2 0 1
P. Cofer 5 4 1 2/6 1/4 0/0 3 30 0 0 2 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Kabengele 19 11 0 9/13 1/1 0/1 2 26 1 2 2 3 8
P. Savoy 6 0 0 2/5 2/5 0/0 1 11 0 0 1 0 0
D. Nichols 3 2 0 1/5 1/2 0/0 2 13 1 0 0 0 2
R. Gray 2 2 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 9 0 0 1 1 1
D. Vassell 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
T. Light - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lindner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Polite - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Prieto - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Wilkes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Osborne - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Hands - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 40 12 29/60 7/18 12/17 21 200 4 4 12 8 32
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Reed 20 4 1 7/16 3/6 3/5 2 38 1 0 2 0 4
E. Thomas 13 6 0 6/14 0/0 1/1 5 34 0 3 4 3 3
S. Mitchell 12 4 6 4/11 3/8 1/1 2 31 4 0 1 0 4
D. Skara 10 3 0 4/5 1/1 1/2 2 37 0 0 0 2 1
A. Simms 7 5 2 2/5 1/4 2/2 4 23 0 1 1 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Reed 20 4 1 7/16 3/6 3/5 2 38 1 0 2 0 4
E. Thomas 13 6 0 6/14 0/0 1/1 5 34 0 3 4 3 3
S. Mitchell 12 4 6 4/11 3/8 1/1 2 31 4 0 1 0 4
D. Skara 10 3 0 4/5 1/1 1/2 2 37 0 0 0 2 1
A. Simms 7 5 2 2/5 1/4 2/2 4 23 0 1 1 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Trapp 2 1 2 0/8 0/3 2/4 0 20 0 0 3 1 0
J. Newman III 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
T. Jemison 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
H. Tyson 0 3 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 12 0 0 0 0 3
L. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. White - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Baehre - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. William - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Fox - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 64 28 11 23/60 8/23 10/16 18 200 5 4 11 7 21