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Florida State Seminoles reach Old Spice Classic final by beating Alabama Crimson Tide 60-51

ORLANDO — Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton had seen enough turnovers and told his team as much during a halftime speech. The Seminoles responded and earned a spot in the Old Spice Classic title game.

Chris Singleton had 14 points and six rebounds as FSU beat Alabama 60-51 on Friday at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex.

One day after turning the ball over 27 times in a 54-49 win over Iona — in which the score was 47-47 with 2:40 remaining — FSU committed 10 first-half turnovers. In the second half against Alabama (3-2), the Seminoles committed three.

"The guys … re-grouped at halftime," Hamilton said. "I thought we took care of the ball very well down the stretch. I thought that we managed the game fairly well."

FSU (5-1) takes on Marquette (6-0), which upset No. 15 Michigan 79-65 Friday, in Sunday's championship game.

"We're a pretty good team if we don't turn the ball over," FSU guard Derwin Kitchen said.

Singleton hit a long-range jumper and Solomon Alabi had a dunk during an 11-0 run that put FSU ahead 45-32 with 11:39 left. Alabi had 10 points.

FSU 60

Alabama 51

Florida State Seminoles reach Old Spice Classic final by beating Alabama Crimson Tide 60-51 11/27/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 27, 2009 9:37pm]

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