Jan. 17, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It’s said that all good things come to an end but in the case of the Florida State men’s basketball team, that logic only proved true for a few seconds in Tuesday night’s 84-70 win over visiting Maryland.
After not trailing for a total of 102 minutes and 37 seconds dating back to the start of the their game at Virginia Tech last week, that streak briefly ended for the Seminoles after Terrapins guard Terrell Stoglin hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the second half at the Donald L. Tucker Center and Alex Len’s five-footer found the bottom of the net.
Down 42-40 with 17:23 remaining in the game, FSU (12-6, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) regained the lead seven seconds later to spark a 16-0 run and maintained that advantage to earn its third-straight league win after suffering a conference-opening 20-point loss at Clemson — an outcome that seems about a lifetime ago considering what the ‘Noles have done in recent days.
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After scoring a season-best 90 points in its blowout upset of then-No. 3 North Carolina last Saturday, Florida State has now scored at least 80 points in back-to-back ACC games for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
“We are just learning how to play within ourselves,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “I think we are moving the ball little better. We are involving more people … we cut down our turnovers.”
The Seminoles’ hot shooting from the outside defined that win over the Tar Heels but against the Terrapins (12-5, 2-2) it was ball protection and inside scoring that set the tone. FSU scored exactly half of its points in the paint (42) and turned the ball over a season-low nine times against the Terrapins.
Bernard James added 17 points, six rebounds and two blocks for the well-balanced ‘Noles.
“He was great,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said about the 27-year-old James. “He looked like a man among boys and you can probably say he is a man among boys out there age-wise.”
Deividas Dulkys, who exploded for a career-high 32 points in FSU’s win over UNC, was a point of defensive emphasis for the Terrapins and was limited to just six points. But those points were off two 3-pointers hit on back-to-back shots during the ‘Noles’ second-half run.
“[Dulkys] only got a couple looks but when he did he knocked them down,” Hamilton said.
Toglin, the ACC’s leading scorer, connected for 27 points for a Terps team that actually shot 50 percent from the field. But unlike the Seminoles, who shot 87 percent from the free-throw line (20-of-23), Maryland missed 10 of its shots from the charity stripe.
Florida State opened the game with a pair of put-back baskets by James and Xavier Gibson to set the tone on the inside and never trailed in the opening frame. The Seminoles led by as many as eight points in the first half but that advantage dwindled to 36-33 at halftime despite Miller’s lay-up in the final seconds.
By taking a lead into the break, FSU hadn’t trailed in five consecutive halves since that loss to the Tigers on Jan. 5.
“This is special to me to finally beat these guys,” said Snaer, who had not yet beaten Maryland in his two-plus years playing for FSU.
After two games at home, the ‘Noles hit the road for back-to-back games in the state of North Carolina. FSU plays at Duke Saturday at 4 p.m. and then on Jan. 25 it takes on Wake Forest.