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FSU routed by Maryland

Maryland guard Seth Allen, center, drives to the basket between Florida State forward Robert Gilchrist, left, and Aaron Thomas, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in College Park, Md. Maryland won 83-71. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Maryland guard Seth Allen, center, drives to the basket between Florida State forward Robert Gilchrist, left, and Aaron Thomas, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in College Park, Md. Maryland won 83-71. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Seth Allen had a career game.

And Maryland believes that its sophomore guard still has room for improvement.

Allen scored 21 of his career-high 32 in the decisive first half, and the Terrapins beat Florida State 83-71 Saturday to climb over .500 in the ACC.

In his 12th game since returning from a fractured left foot, Allen made 11 of 15 shots from the floor including 7 of 10 3-pointers in topping his high of 21 points. He also had four rebounds and two assists.

"Seth Allen was at another level," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He's getting closer."

Allen's recovery from the injury has taken some time, but it's hard to imagine the 6-foot-1 backcourt star playing much better than he did against the Seminoles.

"I was just making shots," he said. "My teammates were getting me open in transition and I was just hitting 3s. It felt real good, and the win felt even better."

Dez Wells scored 15 and Jake Layman 12 for Maryland (14-10, 6-5), which avenged a 24-point defeat last month at FSU. The Terrapins gained sole possession of seventh place in the ACC, one game ahead of the skidding Seminoles (14-9, 5-6).

"They beat the (heck) out of us last time," Allen noted. "We came in with a chip on our shoulder. We really wanted to prove to them that we're the better team."

Aaron Thomas led FSU with 17 points and Devon Bookert had 14. The Seminoles came in as the top-ranked team in the ACC in field-goal percentage defense, but Maryland shot 52 percent, including 62.5 in the first half.

"I think it was as much their offensive execution as it was our defense," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Obviously, when you have a kid who's red-hot like Seth was, that compounds it."

The Seminoles, who played without injured guard Ian Miller, have lost four of five. FSU had defeated Maryland four straight times, a streak that began in January 2012.

"We were very sloppy," former Clearwater High standout Okaro White said. "You can't come back when you are down so much."

FSU routed by Maryland 02/08/14 [Last modified: Saturday, February 8, 2014 11:57pm]
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