Seminoles lose to Yellow Jackets 63-57

FSU struggles to find an offensive rhythm in their third straight conference loss

Sometimes things on the offensive end of the court can be, well, offensive.

That proved especially true in Florida State's 63-57 loss to conference foe Georgia Tech Tuesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The Seminoles (17-9, 5-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) never could find an offensive rhythm as their leading scorer, Al Thornton, was visibly showing the effects of a hard fall he sustained in Sunday's loss to Boston College. He managed just 16 points – 11 of which came in the second period – and struggled with foul trouble throughout much of the game.

FSU was already without starting point guard Toney Douglas, who missed his second game in a row with a broken bone in his hand.

"We realized we were somewhat shorthanded and Al (Thornton) was not really feeling as comfortable as we had hoped we would at the start of the game," FSU Coach Leonard Hamilton said. "You've got a couple guys that aren't 100 percent and all of a sudden the little things become magnified.

Junior guard Isaiah Swann picked up some of the slack, scoring a season-high 23 points for the Seminoles.

The Maryland native began the game on a tear as he lead all scorers with 14 points in the first period and connected on all three of his first 3-point attempts, but cooled off in the second half – particularly in a 10-minute span midway through the second half.

Swann hit a jumper at the game's 15:19 mark and the Seminoles wouldn't score again until there was just 5:22 left to play when Thornton connected on two free throws.

"It seemed like the ball was just sticking," Swann said. "Nobody wanted to do anything. We got out of sink there. I missed a couple that I had to make and it was just everybody was out of it. It just didn't seem right and they capitalized on our mistakes."

Georgia Tech (17-8, 5-6 ACC) guard Javaris Crittenton scored a career-high 29 points for the Yellow Jackets, snapped a 17-game road-losing streak that dated back to February of 2005.

"We didn't seem to have an answer for him," Hamilton said. "We both were defending each other pretty well, we just didn't have an answer for him. He's a great player."

Florida State was still in the ballgame with under a minute left to play thanks to seven points from Thornton all in the final 1:30. The Yellow Jackets would never let FSU get closer than three points, however, as they connected on six of their eight free throws in the final 30 seconds.

Florida State led 35-30 at the halftime break. FSU turned the ball over 14 times in the contest compared to the 11 committed by Georgia Tech.

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