TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said the time for ugly wins must end.
The Seminoles (8-2) watched double-digit leads fade away in both halves Tuesday night. But thanks to Solomon Alabi's career-high 22 points, they beat Georgia State 62-55.
FSU led by as many as 17 in the second half, but Georgia State (5-6) cut the lead to four on Trae Goldston's jumper with 1:43 left. His jumper with 32 seconds left fell short, and FSU sealed the game with free throws.
"It was one of those games that would give you gray hairs, if I had some hair," Hamilton said.
With Auburn visiting Thursday and a tough ACC schedule inching closer, Hamilton said, the Seminoles are running out of opportunities to play poorly and still win. They hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 22 seconds but shot just 58.6 percent from the line for the game and committed 19 turnovers.
"One of the things that we're fighting with this team is that we have not totally committed ourselves to executing within a system," Hamilton said. "It's not a selfish thing. We're just making poor decisions."
The Seminoles stayed ahead thanks to Alabi's command of the paint. Along with his career-best scoring night, he tied a career high with six blocks and missed just one shot from the floor.
Alabi was one of just two double-digit FSU scorers, with freshman Michael Snaer adding 10.
"When the game is on the line, I feel the team and the coaches believe in me," Alabi said. "They trust in me. That gives me the confidence to step up and make the play."