Ex-DWS star Young scores career-high 19 points as Clemson drops Florida St.

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

CLEMSON, S.C. -- David Potter and former Deerfield-Windsor star Andre Young sure picked the right time to end a long shooting slump for Clemson.

Potter was expected to be the Tigers best outside threat this season, filling the team's biggest need with last year's best shooters K.C. Rivers and Terrence Oglesby gone. Instead, Potter watched in frustration as shot after shot clanged off rims or slid in-and-out.

"It was very frustrating," Potter said. "After a while, I wanted to stop shooting."

Good thing he didn't.

Potter posted a career-high 19 points, hitting four 3-pointers in a 77-67 win over Florida State that put the Tigers (17-7, 5-5 ACC) back on track in the crazy Atlantic Coast Conference chase. Young also had a career-high of 19 points as Clemson ended a four-game losing streak to the Seminoles (17-7, 5-5). Young also recorded three steals, doled out five assists and was 4-of-9 from the free throw line, playing 32 minutes,

Young had two from long range and Potter hit one as the Tigers closed the opening half with an 18-8 run to lead, 37-24.

The Seminoles, who rallied from 19 down to win here at Littlejohn Coliseum last season, could not come back in this one.

Luke Loucks had 15 points to lead Florida State. Solomon Alabi added 14, but fouled out with 3:33 to go.

Potter surpassed his previous best of 17 set Nov. 17 in a victory at Liberty. Young's old mark was 16 points in Clemson's win over East Carolina last December.

Potter kept it going against the Seminoles, opening the game with a 3-pointer and never letting up.

"We all know that David's definitely capable," Young said. "We see it at practice all the time. He works hard and plays with a lot of effort."