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Thursday, Feb 11, 2016

No. 21 Florida State beats Georgia Tech


Michael Snaer scored 21 points and Bernard James added 13 on Wednesday night as No. 21 Florida State rallied in the second half to defeat Georgia Tech 68-54 for its sixth straight win.

The victory gives Florida State (15-6, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference ) its best start in league play since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season and it keeps the Seminoles tied with North Carolina for first place. Duke is right behind at 5-1.

Snaer scored 16 points in the second half to help awaken a slumbering offense that managed to shoot just 34.8 percent in the first half. The 6-foot-4 junior made 5 of 7 from 3-point distance and has made 11 of his last 13 tries from beyond the arc, including a buzzer-beating game-winner at Duke on Jan. 21.

Georgia Tech (8-14, 1-7) led 25-24 at halftime despite not having scoring and rebounding leader Glen Rice Jr., who missed the game with a foot injury.

Brandon Reed, who was 4 of 8 from 3-point distance, scored a season-high 18 points and Daniel Miller added 10 for the Yellow Jackets, who lost their sixth straight.

Two free throws by Reed capped an 18-8 run that gave Georgia Tech its first lead, 23-22 with 3:09 left in the half.

Georgia Tech has dropped 10 of its last 11 games under first-year coach Brian Gregory. And it wasn't made any easier for the Yellow Jackets without Rice and his averages of 13.0 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Florida State hadn't played in a week and looked rusty, scoring only 10 points over the final 12:45 of the half.

But that changed in the second half when Florida State shot 61.5 percent from the field and committed just four turnovers.

Okaro White's thundering dunk capped a 10-0 spurt early in the second half that gave Florida State a 43-32 lead. The Seminoles had their largest lead at 68-51 on Snaer's fifth 3-pointer in the final seconds. White finished with 11 points and senior guard Luke Loucks added nine points and seven assists.

Georgia Tech climbed within 49-42 with 7:51 left before an 11-3 run by the Seminoles that was capped by James' slam put the game out of reach.

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