FSU's Tournament Hopes Slipping Away After 86-80 Loss To Georgia Tech

Florida State desperately needed a win to stay in the race for an NCAA Tournament birth, but instead took a loss at home.

Florida State fell at home to Georgia Tech 86-80, and suffered a crushing blow to their NCAA Tournament hopes. The Seminoles came into the game in desperate need of a win after back to back losses to Syracuse and Miami.

Florida State never led during the game as Georgia Tech held off a furious run to win by 6. The Yellow Jackets shot 53.8 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three. Florida State shot 49.1 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from three. 

For the second straight game the duo of Malik Beasley and Dwayne Bacon really struggled. Beasley finished with 9 points and fouled out with 1:23 left in the game. After starting the first 24 games of his college career in double figures it is the second straight game that he didn't reach that mark. Bacon played well at the end of the game and finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds.

Terance Mann led the Seminoles with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Devon Bookert added 15 points. Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 12 points and 5 assists. Boris Bojanovsky had 10 points as well. 

Georgia Tech outrebounded Florida State 32-25, but the Seminoles finished with 13 second chance points compared to 10 for the Yellow Jackets. Florida State scored 37 points in the paint.

Florida State falls to 16-10 on the season and 6-8 in the ACC. They will travel to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech on February 20 at 3PM in a must win game for the Seminoles. The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network. 

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