Irmo's Jordan Roper scored 15 points as the Tigers won their ACC opener (Mark L. Baer, USA Today Sports)
TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) - K.J. McDaniels scored 26 points as Clemson defeated Florida State 53-49 on the road in Atlantic Coast Conference action Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers (14-6, 5-3) survived a slow-moving defensive battle in which both teams failed to shoot 40 percent from the floor most of the game.
Jeron Blossomgame scored 10 points and Jordan Roper added eight for Clemson.
Florida State (13-8, 4-5) dropped its third consecutive game as Okaro White was held to nine points. Ian Miller, who entered the game as the Seminoles' leading scorer, suffered an injury in the first half and did not return. Aaron Thomas scored a team-high 13 points while Florida State shot just 34 percent (16 of 47) from the floor.
Clemson hosts Georgia Tech on Tuesday as Florida State hosts Virginia Tech on Wednesday.