Feb. 24, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. — The Florida State men’s basketball team’s quest to get back in the win column will have to wait at least two more days. The Seminoles fell on the road to Virginia Tech Sunday night, 80-70.
The ‘Noles (14-13, 6-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) now have a quick turnaround for a late ballgame. FSU will welcome Wake Forest — a team fresh off an upset victory over Miami that produced the ‘Canes’ first league loss — to town Tuesday for a 9 p.m. contest at the Donald L. Tucker Center with the hopes of ending its current two-game skid.
The Hokies (12-15, 3-11) were able to give FSU its second loss in as many games and pick up their own victory in 10 contests thanks in large part to their ability to hit free throws.
The Seminoles had trailed 42-29 but battled back to within a 61-55 score with 2:20 minutes left in the game and began strategical fouling in the final few minutes. But Virginia Tech had an answer with 17 consecutive made shots from the free-throw line. The Hokies finished the game 23-of-26 from the charity stripe, which went hand-in-hand with their 59.1-percent shooting from the field and 50-percent mark from 3-point range.
FSU had just four turnovers but their hosts hot-shooting was too much to overcome. The Seminoles shot nearly 46 percent from the field and 39 percent from long range but were 55.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Veterans Michael Snaer and Ian Miller combined for 13 points as Snaer was just 1-for-5 from 3-point range and Miller continues to deal with a sore left foot. Kiel Turpin had eight points and six rebounds and Boris Bojanovsky had four points for a ‘Noles team that was without sharpshooter Terry Whisnant II, who missed the game because of a death in the family.
Erick Green, the nation’s leading, scorer paced Virginia Tech with 26 points and C.J. Barksdale had 17 points and nine rebounds. Green added a game-high five assists.