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Clemson Crushes Florida St. 78-49

Continuing its late bid for a second straight NCAA appearance, Clemson held Florida State without a field goal for more than 14 minutes Sunday, handing the Seminoles their worst home loss in history, 78-49.

Tony Christie scored a career-high 19 points and Greg Buckner added 16 for Clemson, which led 28-10 by the time Florida State managed its first field goal with 5:47 left in the half.

Christie hit 7 of 12 shots, including 5 of 10 from 3-point distance.

Clemson (15-10, 5-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 42-17 at halftime on its way to its third straight win - all by 25 points or more.

Seven-foot freshman Karim Shabazz led Florida State with 10 points and a game-high 8 rebounds.

Florida State (16-10, 5-8) finished the half with only 2 field goals in 20 tries, losing its third straight game. The Seminoles have lost three straight games and 9 of their last 14.

It was the second time in as many games the Seminoles trailed by 25 at halftime. They were behind Duke 49-24 last Tuesday.

Florida State played without starters Terrell Baker and Randell Jackson. Baker was in New Jersey with his ailing mother while Jackson was idled with a lower abdominal pull.

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