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Florida State falls to Georgia Tech, out of first place in ACC

The Seminoles turn over the league’s top spot to Miami after losing to the Yellow Jackets on the road.
FSU coach Leonard Hamilton, shown here during Saturday's game at Miami, and the Seminoles lose at Georgia Tech on Wednesday.
FSU coach Leonard Hamilton, shown here during Saturday's game at Miami, and the Seminoles lose at Georgia Tech on Wednesday. [ LYNNE SLADKY | AP ]
Published Jan. 27

ATLANTA — Jordan Usher scored 19, had eight rebounds, five steals and five assists to help Georgia Tech upset Florida State 75-61 Wednesday night, knocking the Seminoles out of first place in the ACC.

The loss dropped FSU (13-6, 6-3 ACC) into a tie for fifth and moved Miami (15-5, 7-2), whose only two conference losses are to the Seminoles, atop the conference.

Despite entering the game pulling up the rear of the league, the Yellow Jackets (9-10, 2-6) had won two straight against the Seminoles, including last season’s conference tournament.

Devion Smith’s layup gave Georgia Tech a 50-37 lead with 17:08 left before the Seminoles began whittling away. John Butler’s 3-pointer nine minutes later reduced FSU’s deficit to 57-53 but it never got closer.

Usher buried a 3 with 2:05 to go for a 71-60 lead to seal it. Michael Devoe scored 15 points, reserve Dallan Coleman 14 and Kyle Sturdivant 12 for Tech.

The Yellow Jackets were 8-for-19 shooting from 3-point range in the first half and led 44-33 at the break. Georgia Tech also went to the free-throw line 16 times and converted 10 while the Seminoles went 3-for-4.

Georgia Tech’s defense proved problematic for the Seminoles as it came away with 10 steals in the first half, which led to 12 points. FSU turned it over 12 times alone before the break.

Butler threw down a dunk to give the Seminoles a 26-25 lead with 6:05 before halftime. From there, Georgia Tech got hot and closed the half outscoring the Seminoles 19-7.

Anthony Polite scored 11 and Naheem McLeod 10 for FSU, which saw its six-game win streak end.

The Seminoles host Virginia Tech on Saturday while Tech hosts Miami on Saturday.

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