Offensive Explosion propels ‘Noles to Victory

Florida State scored 101 points en route to a victory over the Georgetown Hoyas in the second round of the NIT.

Florida State rolled to a 101-90 victory over Georgetown tonight to advance to the 3rd round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Seminoles used an amazing shooting performance to take down the Hoyas and post their second 100-point game of the Season. Florida State shot an incredible 64-percent in the first half, but were able to follow it up with an even better second half at 73.7-percent. The Seminoles made 30 of the 44 shots they took including 11 of 16 three pointers.

Florida State and Georgetown played a very close game until about halfway through the first half when Aaron Thomas exploded for 11 points bringing his first half total to 16. The Seminoles were able to pull away late in the first half and went into the locker room with a 48-35 lead. Florida State didn't let up once the second half began and the Hoyas were only able to pull within single digits once late in the second half. The Seminoles finished the game with an 11 point victory that left the Seminole faithful on their feet and loud for most of the game.

Aaron Thomas led Florida State with 26 points and 6 rebounds. The 26 points tie a career high for the sophomore. Devin Bookert also had a career game as the posted 21 points and 9 assists. Ian Miler added 18 points in return from his ankle injury sustained in the Maryland game. Okaro White is the last of the Seminoles in double-digits with 16 points. White also became the Seminole with the most games played at 137. He passed former guard Luke Loucks.

Georgetown sophomore guard Markel Starks did not disappoint as he had a game high 27 points for the Hoyas. D'Vaunt Smith-Rivera added 22 points as well.

In addition to shooting well the Seminoles outrebounded the Hoyas 29-26 and got to the line more often shooting 38 free throws to Georgetown's 31. The Hoyas did force 16 Seminole turnovers and converted them into 27 points. Both teams were very efficient in the paint scoring 32 points.

Florida State will host Louisiana Tech on Wednesday night at 7 pm for a place in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden. Louisiana Tech is the team that eliminated the Seminoles from the first round of the 2013 NIT.

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