@ACCMBB in the #NIT: Clemson, Florida State Open With Wins
Tuesday March 18, 2014
(Photo of Clemson's K.J. McDaniels courtesy of Rex Brown/IPTAY Media)
CLEMSON, S.C. – Playing in its first postseason game since 2011, Clemson put on an offensive display in front of an intimate crowd at Littlejohn Coliseum on Tuesday, winning 78-66 to advance to the second round of the NIT. The Tigers face the winner of Wednesday’s contest between Boston University and Illinois. Clemson hosts the winner of that contest on a date and time to be named later.
K.J. McDaniels was in full first-team All-ACC mode Tuesday. The Tiger junior posted his ACC-leading sixth “20 & 10” game of the season – finishing with a stat line of 30 points and 14 rebounds, both tying career highs, and five blocked shots.
Damarcus Harrison and Jordan Roper both contributed big games for Clemson, who improved to 14-3 at home this season. Harrison produced 17 points and Roper added 11 and four assists in 27 minutes off the bench.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Dunk City went doink in the face of Florida State's pesky defense as the Seminoles extended their season with a 58-53 over Florida Gulf Coast in Tuesday night's opening game of the National Invitation Tournament.
Sophomore Aaron Thomas scored 14 consecutive points in the second half on his way to a game-high 22, and the Seminoles (20-13) made just enough plays at both ends of the floor to record their seventh 20-win season in coach Leonard Hamilton's 12 seasons at the helm.
The Seminoles are moving on to face Georgetown, a 77-65 winner over West Virginia, at home on Monday in large part because the grounded the high-flying Eagles (22-13). FGCU, which earned its Dunk City moniker during last season's storybook run to the NCAA Tournament round of 16, failed to throw down a single dunk against the FSU defense. In fact, the Eagles shot just 39.6 percent from the floor, well below their 47 percent season average.