Clemson's Brad Brownell
“Obviously, it was a tough day at the office. First, I would like to thank our fans, our students for coming out and supporting us in a tough game. We couldn’t do anything to get them up to get them to help us.
"I thought we defended pretty well and played hard from that standpoint. Sometimes that’s hard to do when you can’t score, it just puts so much pressure on you that it’s hard to continue competing like that. In the second half we just wore down emotionally and they slowly pulled away.
"Credit Florida State, I thought they played great. When you play bigger, stronger players at almost every position it comes down to execution. Tonight, we didn’t execute. Our main players did not play very well, which put a lot of pressure on us. We forced some things and turned the ball over and became our own worst enemy.”
On the mistakes and poor shooting: “Some of the turnovers, you get to a point in the game when it’s not going well and you do something you probably shouldn’t do. You want to go make a play and you don’t trust enough what you’re doing as a team. That’s when sometimes the guys on the court have to do some things to help you.
"I challenged the guys at halftime and told them this is a great opportunity for them to rally together and do something special, but you’re going to have to do it out on the court. That part is a little disappointing.”
Florida State's Leonard Hamilton
“This was a very hard fought game, and I thought our guys played well. We have so much respect for what we have seen out of Clemson up to this particular point. They’ve been doing such a good job at everything that they do; we knew if we weren’t up to our very best it would be very difficult for us to win. I thought they brought the best out of us tonight.”
On FSU’s defensive showing: “We are capable of playing pretty good defense. We’ve had a hard time mixing good offense and good defense. We’ve been trying to be a lot more aggressive in transition. We’ve had a difficult time once we get in the half court executing. I thought tonight we did a much better job in the half court executing and it really made a big difference.
"I thought our energy was up the entire game from a defensive standpoint. We just wanted to make sure we kept with our defensive fundamentals. We didn’t think we would hold them to this low of a field goal percentage, but they had some good looks on us. I think you can get a good look and the shot just doesn’t fall. I know we played pretty good defense, but I think they had a poor night shooting as well.”
On not scoring in the first four minutes: “Honestly, I was a little more relaxed at that point because I thought we were running good offense but we just couldn’t find a high percentage shot. We didn’t panic; we just executed and stuck to the game plan. We were patient and that’s what you have to do when you play a good defensive team like Clemson.”
On Clemson being out of character: “I think that you have two really good defensive teams playing against each other and we just a had a few less turnovers. It was just one of those nights where sometimes the ball falls out of your hand. It’s just the way the game goes. You have those kind of nights, like we did against Virginia last weekend. I think they’ll bounce back, there’s no doubt about that.”
• Clemson scored just 41 points - its lowest production offensively since also scoring 41 at Virginia last season.
• Clemson scored 16 in the first half, its lowest output since also posting 16 in the opening half last season against Miami.
• The Tigers’ 23.1 percent shooting in the first half was their lowest since shooting 20 percent at Virginia last season.
• Clemson had a season-high 18 turnovers. Florida State converted them into 25 points, a 20-point advantage for the Seminoles.
• Clemson had more turnovers and the same amount of offensive rebounds (15) as its field goal total for the game.
• The Tigers held the Seminoles to 56 points. Florida State entered the game averaging 74.9 points per game offensively.
• Clemson held Florida State to just 1-of-11 three-point shooting. It was the third time under Head Coach Brad Brownell an opponent made only one from long distance.
• K.J. McDaniels led Clemson in scoring (14) and rebounding (7), while adding a pair of blocked shots in 32 minutes.
• Josh Smith, a sophomore forward, earned his first career start Thursday and grabbed five rebounds in 23 minutes.
• Jordan Roper and Rod Hall, who combined to average 21 points per game entering the contest, were held to 10 on 4-of-14 shooting Thursday.