Birmingham, Ala. native K.J. McDaniels had his mom, grandmother, brother, sister, aunt and a handful of cousins travel to Florida State to see him and Clemson face the Seminoles on Saturday.
That, in addition to a five-game losing streak to Florida State, provided all the motivation the Atlantic Coast Conferences' 10th leading scorer needed.
McDaniels put up 26 points as Clemson defeated Florida State 53-49 on the road. He was one point shy of a career high as McDaniels' family drowned out most of the Florida State crowd throughout the second half.
"Florida State, they're a great defensive team, they're a long team," McDaniels said. "I just had to find those open spots to get to and try to wedge my way through there.
"My shoot-around this morning was great. I felt like I had the right energy and I had so much confidence. I've always had good games in here. I like Florida State. I like their court. Just going out there being aggressive and playing as hard as I can for my team."
Jeron Blossomgame scored 10 points and Jordan Roper added eight for the Tigers. McDaniels' three 3-pointers tied the second-most he's hit all season.
"KJ was unbelievable tonight," Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. "He played at an exceptionally high level. I'm hoping that people in this league take notice of that.
"He's our best player. We try to put the ball in his hands to make plays."
"Our defense is way better than it's been the last two games," Blossomgame said. "We've been working on that hard in practice all week and it finally showed on the court.
"We had a tough practice all week. We were getting our nasty back, as coach would say, on defense. We've just been focusing on a lot of one-on-one defense in practice and it (showed) out on the court today."
· Clemson snapped a two-game losing skid with its 53-49 victory at Florida State.
· The Tigers surpassed last season’s win total by achieving their 14th overall victory. Clemson also matched last season’s ACC win total with five.
· Clemson is 5-3 through eight ACC games, its best record after eight conference games since the 2008-09 team also started 5-3 in league play.
· Clemson now has three ACC road wins, just the ninth time in 61 seasons the Tiger program has had three or more in a single season.
· Clemson broke the Seminoles’ five-game winning streak in the series; it was the Tigers’ first win since a 79-59 victory at home in 2011-12.
· The win was Clemson’s first in Tallahassee since the 2009-10 team won 53-50. That was also Clemson’s last halftime deficit overcome for victory in an ACC road game.
· Clemson overcame a halftime deficit for the third time this season to achieve victory.
· Clemson held Florida State to 49 points Saturday, improving the Tigers to 26-2 all-time under Brad Brownell when limiting the opponent to 50 or less.
· The Tigers are 7-0 this season when holding the opponent to 50 points or less.
· Clemson is now 2-0 on the road against ACC teams when wearing purple uniforms. The Tigers won at Virginia Tech last month in purple.
· Clemson moved to 11-2 on the season when winning the rebound margin. The Tigers were +4 against the taller Seminoles.
· The Tigers committed 17 turnovers Saturday and totaled 35 in two regular season games against Florida State.
· Clemson’s top 10 NCAA three-point percentage defense has been outstanding in the regular season against Florida State. The Seminoles were just 1-for-8 Saturday and 2-for-19 this season from behind the arc against Clemson.
· Prior to Saturday, the Tigers had been 0-74 in ACC road games against teams that had beaten them by more than four points in Clemson earlier in the season.
· K.J. McDaniels led all scorers Saturday with 26 points, the second-highest scoring game of his career trailing only the 27 he had at Arkansas earlier this season.
· McDaniels reached double figures for the 18th time in 20 games this season.
· McDaniels now has eight 20-point games on the season.
· The 6-foot-6 junior blocked three shots on Saturday, upping his ACC-high total to 53 for the season.
· McDaniels tied his career-high with three assists against Florida State.
· McDaniels went 3-of-6 from three Saturday; it was the most threes in a game for McDaniels since the Davidson game on Nov. 22.
· McDaniels matched career-highs for both field goals made (9) and attempted (18) Saturday.
· Jaron Blossomgame made his first three-pointer since the Duke game on Jan. 11, a second half look from the right wing.
· Blossomgame finished the game with 10 points, all in the second half. It was the second multi-three game of his career.
· Jordan Roper made multiple three-point goals against the Seminoles, the first time since Jan. 4 against Boston College the sophomore made more than one from behind the arc.
· Clemson is 4-0 this season when Roper makes multiple three-pointers.
· Sidy Djitte and Ibrahim Djambo both took their first career charges in the first half.