GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina and Florida State will pick up the 2013 ACC tournament where it left off in last year’s tournament.
The No. 3-seeded Tar Heels will take on the Seminoles in Friday’s quarterfinals after Florida State topped Clemson 73-69 Thursday at Greensboro Coliseum.
The No.6-seeded Seminoles, defending ACC tournament champs, took control during the latter part of the second half, taking it to the Clemson post players who were hamstrung by foul trouble, to come back from a halftime deficit.
Clemson drew within two points in the final 12 seconds on a Devin Booker 3-pointer but it proved to not be enough after two Michael Snaer free throws sealed the victory.
The Tigers (13-18), who lost both regular-season games against the Seminoles (18-14) by a combined eight points, led by as many as 10 points in the first half. At one point they were 66.7 percent from the field, but that cooled to 44.8 by halftime.
K.J. McDaniels led Clemson with 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting in the first half. The highlight of his evening came with four minutes remaining in the half when he leaped over a 7-foot-3 Florida State player to put back a Devin Booker miss.
Starting power forward Milton Jennings played just seven first-half minutes with two fouls. He was rendered ineffective in his short time on the floor, going 1-for-3 for two points and two rebounds.
Florida State closed the gap, going 9-for-12 from the line and shooting 52.6 percent from the field. The Seminoles fed the ball inside, and Okaro White led the Seminoles with seven points at halftime.
But Clemson would be bit by the foul bug early in the second half. Jennings picked up his third before the first media timeout after McDaniels had done the same. Less than 30 seconds after the media timeout, Booker got his third foul as the whistles came early and often in the half.