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Florida State Seminoles fall 71-67 to Maryland Terrapins

Florida State’s Chris Singleton, who scored just five, looks to get past Landon Milbourne.

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Florida State’s Chris Singleton, who scored just five, looks to get past Landon Milbourne.

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida State crowd never gave Greivis Vasquez a break. Boos rained down every time he touched the ball. But he ultimately left the crowd grumbling.

Vasquez scored 23 and Maryland overcame a late rally to beat FSU 71-67 Thursday.

The Seminoles fell to 10-2 at home this season. They had beaten the Terps four consecutive times in Tallahassee.

Maryland (15-6, 5-2 ACC) led by as many as nine in the second half. But FSU (16-6, 4-4) tied the score twice over the final three minutes and had the ball with 38 seconds left, trailing 66-64.

Freshman Michael Snaer drove to the hoop and made a runner but was called for charging with 14.5 seconds left.

"I can't say enough about our team just having the heart to do what they did in the second half," said Maryland coach Gary Williams, whose team beat FSU 77-68 in College Park on Jan. 10. "I was proud of Greivis for keeping his composure."

Vasquez, who added seven assists and seven rebounds, went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line over the final 14 seconds.

"They were talking about deporting me," said Vasquez, a senior from Venezuela. "It was pretty bad. I showed up and was the best player on the court."

The Terrapins outscored the Seminoles 18-7 over the first 5:21 of the second half, turning a four-point halftime deficit into a seven-point lead. Vasquez punctuated the run with a 3-pointer from the wing, his only 3 of the game.

"I thought in that period, we showed a little bit of immaturity and frustration," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Once we seemed to get back into playing mentally, I thought we played hard and got ourselves back into a position to win. We just couldn't get the stops we needed."

Junior guard Derwin Kitchen scored a career-high 29 for FSU. But the Seminoles shot just 37.7 percent as a team. Starters Deividas Dulkys and Chris Singleton went a combined 1-for-14 for five points.

Maryland 71

Florida St. 67

Florida State Seminoles fall 71-67 to Maryland Terrapins 02/04/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 5, 2010 12:31am]
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