COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland's 13-game winning streak was over, and coach Mark Turgeon paid homage to the player who victimized the Terrapins by scoring 15 straight points on dunks, follow shots, drives and free throws.
"In the end they just had the best player tonight on the floor in Okaro White," Turgeon said. "We just had no answer for him."
With the former Clearwater High standout leading the way, Florida State (10-5, 2-0 ACC) rallied to beat Maryland 65-62 Wednesday. FSU trailed by 12 with 18 minutes left before overtaking the Terrapins, who went 10-for-32 from the floor in the second half.
White finished with 20 points, tying his career high. Michael Snaer scored 15 and Ian Miller added 12 for the Seminoles, who had lost eight in a row at Maryland (13-2, 1-1) since 2001.
"The second half we were down in a hole, and I tried to get us out," White said.
FSU got five points from Snaer in a 12-2 run that cut the deficit to 43-42 with 13 minutes left. After that, White took over. The 6-foot-8 junior dominated over a six-minute span, capping the surge with two free throws to make it 57-51.
"You can tell he's grown as a player," Snaer said of White. "He didn't have a good first half, but in the second half he was really looking to score."
The Terps were seeking to match the school-record winning streak of 14 games, set in 1931–32, but White was the difference.
"When the game was on the line and we had to show toughness, we didn't have it," Turgeon said. "I think it was 51-all and they got offensive rebound after offensive rebound, mostly him."