Friday, November 24, 2017
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FSU falls to slumping Virginia Tech

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BLACKSBURG, Va. — Florida State's hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid appear long gone.

Now its NIT chances may be fading as well.

Virginia Tech got 26 points from star guard Erick Green and stellar free-throw shooting down the stretch to knock off the Seminoles 80-70 on Sunday.

The Hokies (12-15, 3-11 ACC) snapped a nine-game losing streak, avoiding their first 10-game skid since 2001-02.

FSU (14-13, 6-8) led most of the first half, but coach Leonard Hamilton drew a technical foul with 2:55 left that seemed to turn the momentum. Green hit both free throws to tie it, and the Hokies took a 23-21 lead on Christian Beyer's layup. They did not trail again.

The Hokies made just two field goals in the final 6:18 but hit 17 of their final 18 free throws after the Seminoles started fouling with less than 3 minutes left.

"We started fouling early," Hamilton said. "We rolled the dice there and hoped that they would just give us one (missed free throw). They did a very good job of knocking them down."

FSU, which went in leading the ACC with 72.3 percent free-throw shooting, hurt itself by making 13 of 23 from the line.

"Sometimes when you're not on your game psychologically, you lose a little confidence at the free-throw line," Hamilton said. "You're there at the line and things are running through your mind, whereas when things are going well and you're feeling good, you're confident and focused. … This is one of the better free-throw shooting teams we've had, but it happens that way. It's part of the growing-up process."

Former Clearwater High standout Okaro White had 18 points for FSU.

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