Florida State One Step Closer, Beats GT

Florida State rushed to an early lead and never looked back on the way to a dominant 81–71 victory over Georgia Tech.

Florida State used an early run to get out in front of Georgia Tech and the Seminoles never looked back on the way to a dominant 81-71 victory. Florida State improves to 17-11 overall and pulls to an even 8-8 in ACC play and have now won 3 of their last 4 games. Georgia Tech falls to 13-16 overall and 4-12 overall.

Georgia Tech pulled ahead 11-6 with 14:35 left in the first half, but Florida State went on a 29-20 run to end the half up 35-31. That was the last time that the game was close as the Seminoles exploded out of halftime and went up by 10 with 16:31 left in the game. Georgia Tech wasn't able to pull any closer than 8 after that. Florida State shot an excellent 61.1 percent from the field in the second half.

Florida State did an excellent job tonight at the free throw line making 31 of the 37 free throws they took. They also shot 52.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from the three point line. The Seminoles struggled on the defensive boards as Georgia Tech brought down 18 offensive rebounds. That was half of their total for the game. Georgia Tech turned those rebounds into 20 second chance points. Georgia Tech also dominated in the paint with 34 points. That is due in large part to the effort of their center Daniel Miller. He had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Robert Carter Jr. added 20 points including going a perfect 11 for 11 from the free throw line. The Yellow Jackets shot an abysmal 18.5 percent from the three point line on 27 attempts.

Senior forward Okaro White led the Seminoles with 18 points and made 10 of his 11 free throw shots. He also added 3 blocks. Devon Bookert had 16 points including 4 three pointers in 4 attempts, which was a career high for him. Aaron Thomas added 15 points including 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Ian Miller also had 15 points. Montay Brandon had 7 points while adding 12 rebounds. This was the second straight game that Brandon had double digit rebounds.

The Seminoles are considered to be right on the wrong side of the bubble when it comes to making the NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Leonard Hamilton said his team isn't concerned with that right now.

"We can't spend a whole lot of time talking about something that is that far away," Hamilton said. "We just have to take care of what we can control. We can't worry about the selection committee and whether you're in, whether you're out, none of those little numbers that they are using. You can't get caught up in that because we have no control over that. What we can control is our focus going in to the next game."

Florida State will look to keep those tournament hopes alive as they travel to Boston College on Tuesday at 9 PM. The Eagles are 8-21 overall and 4-12 in the ACC.

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