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Florida State routs Clemson as Tigers lose third straight

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The Tigers need to get the season back on track quickly.

NCAA Basketball: Clemson at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Balsa Koprivica posted his first career double-double, Sardaar Calhoun made four threes off the bench, and Florida State handed Clemson its third straight loss by at least 18 points in a 80-61 win in Tallahassee.

An early 18-3 run by the Seminoles turned a 4-4 game into a lopsided affair the Tigers could never really get back into. Clemson again saw an opponent have significant success from three-point range against its formerly stifling defense.

Florida State’s lead increased to 42-24 at halftime and ballooned to as many as 38 points in the second half.

The Tigers played even more poorly on the offensive end, where they shot 30 percent from the field and made just 5 of 30 three-point attempts.

It has been shocking to see Clemson - a team that amassed a 9-1 record with gritty, competitive wins - be essentially uncompetitive in three straight games. The Tigers still have time to turn things around, but they need to find themselves soon before a once-promising season spirals further out of control.