Florida State upends No. 23 Virginia Tech
Tallahassee, FL (Sports Network) – Al Thornton’s game-high 27 points and 13
rebounds led Florida State to an 82-73 win over 23rd-ranked Virginia Tech at
the Tucker Center.
Toney Douglas added 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor and 9-of-11
from the free throw line for Florida State (13-5, 1-3 ACC), which snapped its
three-game losing streak. Jason Rich scored nine and dished out three assists,
while Isaiah Swann contributed eight points.
Zabian Dowdell scored 23 for Virginia Tech (13-5, 3-1), which saw its four-
game winning streak halted. Deron Washington chipped in with 18, while Coleman
Collins poured in 15 and grabbed six rebounds.
FSU jumped out to an 8-3 lead on an Uche Echefu three-ball, then extended
their lead to 15-5 with 4:25 played in the half. Tech responded with an 11-3
run in the next two minutes, capped by A.D. Vassallo’s trey for an 18-16 game.
However, the Seminoles reversed that with a 17-2 burst, and cruised into the
break with a 39-23 lead.
The Hokies began the second half with on a 12-4 clip, cutting their deficit to
43-35 on Washington’s layup 4 1/2 minutes in. Collins’ jumper just before the
midway point brought the visitors within a point, 52-51, but the home team
pulled away courtesy of a late 22-8 run which brought its lead to fifteen
points, and the Hokies would never get closer than nine the rest of the way.
Florida State leads the all-time series, 22-16…Virginia Tech lost despite
shooting 57 percent from the field (26-of-46), and scoring two more points off
turnovers (20-18) than Florida State…The Seminoles won the battle of the
boards, 30-22, and hit 91 percent from the charity stripe (31-of-34).