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No. 18 Florida State loses 77-68 to Maryland

FSU’s Chris Singleton, who had 12 points, tries to shoot over Maryland’s Landon Milbourne in the first half.

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FSU’s Chris Singleton, who had 12 points, tries to shoot over Maryland’s Landon Milbourne in the first half.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland opened its ACC schedule in ideal fashion, and it came at the expense of No. 18 Florida State.

Greivis Vasquez scored 22, Eric Hayes had 17, and the Terrapins ended the Seminoles' seven-game winning streak with a 77-68 victory Sunday night.

"It's huge. It's a ranked team coming in here, and Florida State had beaten a lot of people," Hayes said. "We wanted to get off to a great start in the ACC, and I think we did a good job of doing that (Sunday night)."

The Terrapins (10-4, 1-0 ACC) let a 16-point lead dwindle to 48-45 before Vasquez scored nine in a 14-4 surge that made it 62-49 with nine minutes left.

After the Seminoles (13-3, 1-1) closed to 72-66, Vasquez drilled a 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining to all but seal the victory.

"Our team played Maryland basketball. That's why it feels good," Vasquez said. "We played the way we're supposed to play."

The Terrapins outrebounded the taller Seminoles 40-34 and shot 47 percent from the field — including 10-of-16 from 3-point range — against the nation's best defense in field-goal percentage (33.7 percent).

"I don't think we really got the defensive plan down. Coaches told us exactly what they were going to do, and they did it," Seminoles guard Deividas Dulkys said. "We were just a split second late."

Chris Singleton had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Florida State, which played much of the second half without 6-foot-9 forward Ryan Reid, who injured his left ankle with 19:35 to go and didn't return until 7:56 remained.

Solomon Alabi scored 17 for the Seminoles despite missing a long stretch of the first half because of foul trouble.

"They were able to stick with their game plan for a full 40 minutes. We didn't," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. " … I thought Maryland's consistency — with their execution — demonstrated a little more maturity than where we're at now."

Maryland 77

No. 18 FSU 68

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