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FSU falls to slumping Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech forward Jarell Eddie (31) and Florida State center Michael Ojo (50) try to collect a rebound.

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Virginia Tech forward Jarell Eddie (31) and Florida State center Michael Ojo (50) try to collect a rebound.

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

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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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