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FSU Seminoles men's basketball finishes strong to beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

TALLAHASSEE — Toney Douglas scored 17 and Derwin Kitchen 13 as Florida State beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 69-48 on Saturday.

The Seminoles (13-2) outscored the Islanders 29-14 over the final 11 minutes. FSU missed 13 of its first 15 shots in the second half but went 12-of-18 from the floor in its decisive run.

That run came after the Islanders (6-8) cut a 12-point halftime deficit to 40-34 on Kevin Palmer's jumper with 11:15 left.

The Islanders, who upset FSU 70-67 in 2004, had 21 turnovers, which the Seminoles converted into 21 points. FSU also had a 20-4 advantage in fastbreak points.

"I thought we were exactly where we wanted to be when we got to within six points," Islanders coach Perry Clark said. "We self-destructed. We had some turnovers and missed some shots, but the turnovers were critical. I thought we did a good job of stopping them in their halfcourt offense, but our turnovers allowed them to speed the pace of the game up."

Palmer had 21 points and Demond Watt 10 for the Islanders.

FSU 69

Texas A&M-C.C. 48

FSU Seminoles men's basketball finishes strong to beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 01/03/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:11am]
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