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Florida State edges Clemson 76-74

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Marcquise Reed’s game-tying shot attempt fell short in the final seconds as the Tigers lost another heart-breaker.

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Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 15 points, including the go-ahead layup with 1:17 to play, to lead Florida State to a 76-74 win over Clemson on Saturday.

The Tigers led 74-71 with 2:03 remaining after a pair of free throws by Jaron Blossomgame - putting them in position to potentially beat a Seminoles team that blasted them by 48 just a few weeks ago - but did not score in the game’s final two minutes.

Marcquise Reed got a wide-open look in the final seconds to tie the game, but his jumper fell short and Clemson could not get another shot off.

Blossomgame led all scorers with 24 points. Reed added 10 for the Tigers, while Shelton Mitchell and Sidy Djitte chipped in 15 and 12, respectively.

Florida State held a slim 38-37 advantage at halftime, and neither team led by more than four in the second half of the back-and-forth affair.

Clemson held Florida State leading scorer Dwayne Bacon to 12 points on just 3-of-14 shooting, but Rathan-Mayes and Jonathan Isaac picked up just enough slack to lead the Seminoles to the 2-point win.