CLEMSON – The Clemson basketball team lost a tough 81-79 overtime decision at Florida State Wednesday night, but the game may not be all the Tigers lost.
Junior guard Shelton Mitchell was injured with 9.1 seconds left in overtime and had to be helped off the court. He was taken to a local hospital, where he spent the night for observation after suffering what appeared to be a concussion.
Trainer Brad Crowe remained behind with Mitchell Wednesday evening as did Terrell McIntyre, the team’s Director of Player Development.
Clemson released a Thursday statement that read "Shelton Mitchell arrived safely back in Clemson this afternoon. He is currently undergoing concussion protocol and his status will be updated during head coach Brad Brownell’s media availability tomorrow afternoon."
Clemson, which already has lost senior Donte Grantham for the season, can ill afford to lose another player, particularly with the Tigers playing host to Duke at Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday. Clemson is ranked No. 12 in the latest USA TODAY coaches poll, while the Blue Devils are ranked No. 10.
Clemson, 20-5 overall, and Duke (21-5) are tied for second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 9-4 records.Mitchell, who ranks fourth on the team with an 11.8 scoring average and leads the Tigers with 96 assists, was injured late in Wednesday night’s game while driving to the basket. Florida State’s Trent Forrest blocked a shot by Mitchell and his elbow hit Mitchell’s head on the play.
Mitchell wound up on the floor for a couple of minutes and had to be helped off the court.
He’s returning to Clemson on Thursday with Crowe and McIntyre.
The status of Duke’s leading scorer, freshman Marvin Bagley III, remains up in the air as well. Bagley has missed two straight games since suffering a right knee spring on Feb. 8, but the Blue Devils are 2-0 without the star forward.
"Hopefully he'll be back soon," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
In Tallahassee, Clemson’s loss to the Seminoles snapped the Tigers’ four-game winning streak. The Tigers led by 12 at halftime and their lead swelled to as many as 18 points in the second half.
But the Seminoles (18-8, 7-7) battled back and used a 15-2 run to tie the game at 70 with eight seconds left in regulation.
Clemson committed a season-high 21 turnovers, which led to 29 Florida State points.
Junior guard Marcquise Reed led the Tigers with 23 points while David Skara and Gabe DeVoe each had 11 points.