Noles Top Virginia Tech

Florida State found salvation in its shooting, producing a 77-70 win over Virginia Tech Saturday night. Led by a 21-point night from Von Wafer, the Seminoles (9-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 59 percent from the field. Wafer was one of several hot hands that allowed FSU to play through 28 turnovers and pick up their first conference win of the season.

"It's going to be tough to beat many teams in this league turning the ball over 28 times," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "They were athletic and quick with their hands and I thought they did a good job exploiting us."

Wafer scored 12 straight points in a two-minute stretch late in the first half that keyed a12-3 FSU run. The sophomore capped the burst with a four-point play for the Seminoles, who connected on 10 of their first 14 attempts from beyond the arc.

"He's a guy that's tough to stop once he gets into a rhythm," Tech coach Seth Greenberg said.

Consecutive lay-ups from Wynton Witherspoon gave Virginia Tech (6-6, 0-2) a 64-61 lead with 5:58 to play but cold shooting down the stretch ultimately doomed the Hokies, who were outscored 16-6 the rest of the way.

A three-pointer from Adam Waleskowski drew the Seminoles even and a driving bucket from Andrew Wilson put FSU ahead for good in a game that featured 13 lead changes.

Waleskowski tallied 13 points and six rebounds and Wilson contributed a season-high ten points.

"We knew everything would work itself out if we were patient," Waleskowski said.

Zabian Dowdell had a team-high 18 for Tech, who has lost 10 of its last 11 meetings opposite FSU dating back to when they faced off as league foes in the defunct Metro Conference.

"We were in position to win the game but I thought we beat ourselves a little bit," Greenberg said. "We lost our defensive discipline."

The Seminoles host Clemson Jan 10th.

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