Jan. 3, 2009
The Seminoles (13-2) closed the game by outscoring the Islanders 29-14 over the final 11 minutes. Florida State opened the door for the comeback by missing 13 of its first 15 shots in the second, but the Seminoles were 12 of 18 from the floor in their decisive run.
The game-clinching run came after the Islanders (6-8) cut a 12-point halftime deficit to 40-34 on Kevin Palmer’s jumper with 11:15 remaining.
Palmer led all scorers with 21 points. Demond Watt added 10 points for the Islanders.
The Islanders, who upset Florida State 70-67 in 2004, had 21 turnovers. The Seminoles converted those miscues into 21 points, including a 20-4 advantage in fast break points.