Feb. 5, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)–Scorers can’t quit shooting and Toney Douglas didn’t. Good thing for Florida State.
The high-scoring Seminole guard made only two of his first eight shots and had just five points at halftime, but poured in 16 more after the break Thursday, including the go-ahead jumper among his 10 points in the final 5:09 to rally Florida State to a 62-58 win over Georgia Tech.
“You’ve just got to keep the ball out of his hands,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. “He’s a great player.”
Douglas, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s leading scorer in league games, put the Seminoles ahead to stay at 48-46 with a floating jumper just inside the free-throw lane with 5:09 left.
“I could be oh for 10, but I know my shot will be coming along,” Douglas said. “That’s what I do every day in the gym.”
Florida State (17-5, 4-3) hit seven of eight free throws, four by Uche Echefu and two by Douglas, in the final 41.5 seconds to stave off the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech (10-11, 1-7) was led by Zachery Peacock’s 16 points, while Gani Lawal, the ACC’s leading rebounder, came up with his 14th double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Alide Aminu added 12 points.
Florida State shot just 30.9 percent and Georgia Tech was just a notch better at 34.4 percent. Both teams were also cold from long range with the Seminoles making 4 of 23 and Tech hitting 2 of 15.
“We are not a great offensive team _ call it like it is,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “We’re a team with Toney and a lot of guys who can score 6, 8, 9 10 points a game.”
Derwin Kitchen was Douglas’ big helper Thursday with 13 points.
Douglas, who has scored more than 20 points in his last six ACC games and averaged 25 points a game in that span, hit two jumpers and four free throws to key the stretch run.
He also had six steals in the game, boosting his season total to 49.