Dawes' dash lifts Clemson to 70-69 win over No. 6 Seminoles

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Clemson's Al-Amir Dawes (2) shoots while defended by Florida State's RaiQuan Gray during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson coach Brad Brownell had one thought when he watched young Al-Amir Dawes take the inbounds pass with only a few seconds left.

“Go,” Brownell said. “Get to the basket.”

Dawes followed instructions perfectly on a three-quarter court-length drive that finished with a left-handed flip with a second to go as Clemson toppled another highly ranked team, rallying past No. 6 Florida State 70-69 on Saturday.

Dawes, a freshman, put the ball behind his back to start the run, then stutter-stepped to get free in the lane before driving around Florida State's Trent Forrest for the game-winning bucket.

“I knew how much time I had left and I was just ready to make a play,” said Dawes, who finished with 18 points.

Clemson seemingly made almost all the plays it had to down the stretch after falling behind 42-32 on Forrest's 3-pointer to start the second half.

The Tigers (15-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a 17-5 run over the next eight minutes to get back in it.

When Florida State (24-5, 14-4) built back a 56-51 lead, Khavon Moore had two baskets and Clyde Trapp a foul shot to tie things once more.