Devin Booker comes up big against the Seminoles

Florida State's Michael Snaer passes the ball away from Clemson guard Damarcus Harrison and Clemson center Devin Booker in the first half.

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Florida State's Michael Snaer passes the ball away from Clemson guard Damarcus Harrison and Clemson center Devin Booker in the first half.

Devin Booker contributed 19 points, 11 rebounds and 38 minutes to Clemson’s effort on Saturday, but it still wasn’t enough to lead the Tigers to a win over Florida State.

The senior center was extremely frustrated following the 71-66 loss.

“This was my last ACC season opener and we wanted things to turn out better than they did,” Booker said. “I’m a senior leader and I have to get with the guys and see what went wrong.”

Tiger coach Brad Brownell and Florida State boss Leonard Hamilton had nothing but praise for Booker.

“The guy can’t do much more than he did tonight,” Brownell said. “We knew this was a game where he had a chance to do some good things.”

Hamilton certainly thought he did.

“We played our fannies off on Booker,” Hamilton said. “We held him down to 19 points and 11 rebounds. Believe me, I was proud of the defensive effort that we gave. That just shows what kind of character he has and what kind of player he is.”

LATE START

Guard Michael Snaer came into Saturday’s game as FSU’s top scorer, averaging16.3 points per game. But as the Seminoles ran out to a big first half lead Snaer was nowhere to be found from a scoring standpoint, concentrating mostly on defense.

He did finally join the scoring party in the opening moments of the second half, draining a three to put the Seminoles in front 41-25. He finished with 8 points.

“Michael Snaer took just one shot in the first half and that says a lot about him,” Hamilton said. “He was giving us tremendous leadership. It wasn’t about him individually, it was about us as a team and I think that says a lot about his unselfish spirit.

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Clemson, FSU share similar struggles

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Clemson’s first ACC road challenge of the season figures to be a daunting one on Tuesday as the Tigers take on unbeaten Duke at Cameron Indoor.

The No. 1 Blue Devils continued their perfect start to the 2012-13 season on Saturday with an 80-62 rout of Wake Forest, improving to 14-0 on the year and starting off 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In the teams’ lone meeting last season Duke took a 73-66 decision at Littlejohn Coliseum on Jan. 15.

Tuesday’s game is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.

“We’re not even thinking about Duke yet,” Brownell said after Saturday’s loss. “Our guys are down right now and we have to dust ourselves off and pick ourselves up. We just need to worry about Clemson right now.”

LAYUPS

Clemson remains winless in games in which it has trailed at halftime this season. …Saturday marked the first time Brownell had lost to Florida State and now stands at 2-1 against the Seminoles in Littlejohn. …Clemson is now 13-18 all-time in ACC home openers. …Saturday was just the sixth time in 30 games the home team has lost in the FSU-Clemson series.

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miketiger71 writes:

Congrats to "Book" on his game vs. FSU. We are running out of time for "5 Star" Milton Jennings to play up to his potential. Hopefully we will do a better job of recruiting HS talent in the future. Jennings has been a bust in every sense

michtiger writes:

in response to miketiger71:

Congrats to "Book" on his game vs. FSU. We are running out of time for "5 Star" Milton Jennings to play up to his potential. Hopefully we will do a better job of recruiting HS talent in the future. Jennings has been a bust in every sense

Mike this has been the best start we have had from Booker and it is great to see. I have been amazed that Jennings is still on the floor. He is not reliable and has very weak hands. At times he is just not engaged in the game.I am sure you noticed in the last min. when we had a chance he had 4 tournovers. He gave it away under the basket, he made a horrible pass to Booker, he threw an inbound pass away, and he did not come to the inbound pass.This is not unusual for him We are trying to rebuild and NCAA is not likely this year so why not give a younger player the time. Jennings has been a bust and we need the work for the younger guys. Scary part is who do we have for the post next year?

Lynx26 writes:

I agree to the max with the statements above. Like I've said in a post before... I'd like to see this line up: Hall, Roper, Harrison, McDaniels, Booker

With Filer and Jennings bringing in instant offense. Giving both the green light to shoot often with confidence.

Also, I'd like to see us play with more of an uptempo style. We have such a hard time scoring, why not push the ball off of missed shots and try to get easy layups? Not to mention, pick up our men 3/4 court to force TO's once and awhile.

** J.Bloss will give us that missing element when Milt leaves. It'll be fun to watch both J. Bloss and K. McDan on the court at the same time! Long rangy and athletic... although we need a go to guy to create off of the dribble(Juco??)

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