Originally created 02/24/02

Scott carries Tigers

CLEMSON - The only question left after Edward Scott's storybook game Saturday was whether Clemson and coach Larry Shyatt can live happily ever after.

The junior guard scored a career-high 36 points as the Tigers beat Florida State 87-78. But he didn't forget to run the offense, adding seven assists and had eight rebounds.

And the story gets even better. Scott did all of this on a sore knee with his high school coach watching from the stands.

"I wasn't trying to make all of this happen. I just wanted to play a good game," said Scott, who shot 12-of-15 from the field, including 5-6 from behind the arc, and 7-of-8 from the foul line.

The win means Clemson (13-15, 4-11) can still finish sixth in the ACC if the Tigers beat North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the first time ever and get a little help.

But Clemson, who has finished last in the league two years in a row, can still end up in the basement this year which would mean another date in the dreaded Thursday night play-in game at the conference tournament.

Scott thinks Clemson's better than that. So does Ray Henderson, who had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

"It's kind of the joke game," said Henderson, who thinks the game puts a team at an even bigger disadvantage, having to play the ACC's best the next night.

The defeat means Florida State (11-14, 4-10) lost a chance to finish sixth in the league and avoid Duke or Maryland in the ACC tournament quarterfinals.

The Seminoles were led by Delvon Arrington who had 20 points and seven assists.

The contest was Clemson's last home game of the season, and the students serenaded coach Larry Shyatt with chants of "Larry, Larry" late in the game.

Shyatt's coaching future might be in jeopardy, as the Tigers have to beat North Carolina and win a game in the ACC tournament to avoid their third-straight losing season.

Shyatt has one season remaining his $420,000 contract, which includes a $130,000 salary.

The coach didn't address his future directly, but pointed out the team doubled its ACC wins a season after losing all-conference guard Will Solomon to the NBA.

Florida State fell behind by as much as 19 early in the second half, but cut the deficit to six at 78-72 on Delvon Arrington's 3-pointer with 2:27 to go.

On the next possession Arrington stole the ball, then missed a long jumper on the fast break. The Seminoles had two chances to tip in the rebound, but couldn't do it.

Scott would hit 7-of-8 free throws in the last two minutes.

Chris Hobbs had 11 points and Jamar McKnight, in his last home game, added 10 for the Tigers.

Monte Cummings scored 13 points and Anthony Richardson added 12 for the Seminoles.

Florida State jumped out to a 10-point lead nine minutes into the game. "We had some things going for us early," Seminoles coach Steve Robinson said. "But Clemson didn't fold up."

Instead, they turned to Scott.

Down 25-18 with seven minutes to go in the half, The Tigers went on a 23-4 run to take a 41-30 lead at the break.

Scott started the run with a 3-pointer, and scored 12 of his 14 first half points during the seven-minute stretch.

Saturday's game may also be Clemson's last in Littlejohn Coliseum for quite a while. Major renovations on the 34-year-old arena have already begun, and there are questions whether the work will be finished before next season.


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