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Florida State tops Clemson 77-68 behind Kabengele

Mfiondu Kabengele scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half and David Nichols added 16 points as Florida State halted a three-game slide with a 77-68 win over Clemson on Tuesday night.

Nichols made four 3-pointers for the Seminoles (14-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Florida State entered the game shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc but made 10 3-pointers against Clemson. That’s the most for the Seminoles in an ACC game and one short of a season high.

Aamir Sims scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half for Clemson (11-7, 1-4), which has lost four of its last five games. Elijah Thomas also had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Kabengele scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting in 25 minutes. The sophomore forward came off the bench to score in double figures for the 11th time this season.

Nichols, a graduate transfer from Albany, made a season-best four 3-pointers. He shot 6 of 10 from the floor.

The Seminoles shot 45.5 percent (25 of 55) from the floor and 45.5 percent (10 of 22) from beyond the arc.

Clemson shot 44.8 percent (26 of 58) from the floor overall, but made just 1 of 9 shots from beyond the arc in the second half.

Florida State is now 40-3 at home since beginning of 2015-16 season.


Clemson: The Tigers have rarely had much luck in Tallahassee, going 8-23 all-time on the road in the series.

Florida State: Playing without star senior forward Phil Cofer, who has a foot injury, the Seminoles won their fourth straight at home against Clemson.


Clemson plays at NC State on Saturday.

Florida State travels to Miami on Sunday. The Seminoles defeated the Hurricanes 68-62 on Jan. 9.

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