PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Darin Green Jr. scored a game-high 24 points on seven made field goals, five three pointers and five free throws to lead Florida State to a 71-64 victory over Pittsburgh at the Peterson Events Center. Green Jr led three Seminoles in double figure scoring; Green, Matthew Cleveland (11 points), and Caleb Mills (11 points) to improve the Seminoles’ ACC record to 5-4.
Green Jr. scored 24 points on 7-12 shooting from the field and shot 5-8 from the bonusphere. He was perfect from the free-throw line, making all five of his free-throw attempts. Green’s success at the charity stripe helped propel the Seminoles to shooting over 73% from the line in today’s game.
Cleveland scored 11 points on 4-7 shooting from the field, but fell two rebounds short of securing his ninth consecutive double-double and matching Reggie Royal’s streak during the 1970-71 season. Cleveland finished the game with 11 points and collected eight rebounds – all on the defensive end of the court.
Both Mills and Cleveland finished the game with 11 points and four made field goals apiece. Mills’ 11 points marked his tenth consecutive game scoring in double figures.
Greg Elliot’s early seven points on two-of-two 3-point field goals, helped Pitt jump out to an early 15-5 lead before a 17-2 run by the Seminoles fueled by Mills scoring eight points, and Green Jr scoring five to put the Seminoles ahead 22-17.
The Seminoles hot shooting started the first half by shooting six-of-seven (.857 percent) from the bonusphere, allowing them to build a lead that grew to as many as 12 points (39-27). A pair of Pitt free throws cut the lead to ten points, before the half ended (39-29).
Cleveland led Florida State with nine points in the first half, shooting three-of-five from the field and two-of-two from three-point range. The pair of Mills and Green Jr. both contributed eight points in the first half, and each scored two three-point field goals.
Freshman Baba Miller and Chandler Jackson both eclipsed his career-high in points against Pittsburgh. Miller eclipsed his career-high of four points by scoring five points in a 40-second stretch in the first half. Jackson scored his career-high of eight points during a seven-minute stretch spanning the first and second half.
A 13-9 scoring run by Pitt to begin the second half tied the game at 45 with 13:59 left to play in the game.
Numerous lead changes occurred as the game wound down, but a three-point shot by Green Jr. with 1:52 left put Florida State up by four (68-64). Free throws by Mills and Green Jr increased the lead to seven as the Seminoles won 71-64.
The Seminoles scored 20 points in the paint and 17 bench points. Florida State scored 10 fast break points and 17 points off turnovers.
Florida State will return home to play Miami at the Donald L Tucker Center on January 24th with tip off at 7 pm. The game will be televised on ESPNU. This is the first game of Florida State’s two-game home stretch, as the Seminoles play Clemson at the Tuck on January 28th.