The Tigers (10-4, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) came in as the country’s top defense in points allowed, but it was the Seminoles (10-4, 1-1) who turned up the pressure to win their fifth consecutive game in the series.
K.J. McDaniels led Clem-son with 14 points. Former Laney star Rod Hall had five points and three assists for the Tigers.
Florida State limited Clemson to 30 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers, a season high for the Tigers.
McDaniels, the Tigers’ top scorer this season, was just 2 of 6 from the field in the opening half for five points.
Clemson’s point total matched the second-lowest of Brad Brownell’s four seasons as coach. The only fewer points came in a 68-40 loss to Duke a year ago.
MISSISSIPPI 65, AUBURN 62
In Oxford, Miss., Derrick Millinghaus scored 16 points, Jarvis Summers added 14 and Mississippi (10-4) beat Auburn (8-4) in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Aaron Jones added 12 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and five steals for the Rebels, who were playing without leading scorer Marshall Henderson.
Mississippi has won five in a row in the series. The Rebels won despite being outrebounded 40-30 and giving up 19 offensive boards.
Auburn was led by Chris Denson’s 28 points while KT Harrell added 11.
Harrell missed a 3-pointer that could have tied the game on the final possession.
The loss snapped the Tigers’ four-game win streak.