TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Scorers can’t quit shooting and Toney Douglas didn’t. Good thing for Florida State.
The high-scoring Seminoles guard made only two of his first eight shots and had just five points at halftime, but poured in 16 more after the break on Thursday night, including the go-ahead jumper among his 10 points in the final 5:09 to rally Florida State to a 62-58 win over Georgia Tech.
“You’ve just got to keep the ball out of his hands,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. “He’s a great player.”
Douglas, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s leading scorer in league games, put the Seminoles ahead to stay at 48-46 with a floating jumper just inside the free-throw lane with 5:09 left.
“I could be 0-for-10, but I know my shot will be coming along,” Douglas said. “That’s what I do every day in the gym.”
Florida State (17-5, 4-3) hit seven of eight free throws, four by Uche Echefu and two by Douglas, in the final 41.5 seconds to stave off the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech (10-11, 1-7) was led by Zachery Peacock’s 16 points, while Gani Lawal, the ACC’s leading rebounder, came up with his 14th double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Alide Aminu added 12 points.
Florida State shot just 30.9 percent and Georgia Tech was only a notch better at 34.4 percent. Both teams were also cold from long range with the Seminoles making 4 of 23 and Tech hitting 2 of 15.
Derwin Kitchen was Douglas’ big helper for Tech on Thursday, scoring 13 points.
Georgia Tech led 31-25 at the half despite shooting just 36.4 percent in the opening frame and hitting only one 3-point shot.
Florida State, which has suffered from long offensive droughts several times this season, hit another midway through the first half — scoring only 12 points in the final 10:47.
“We had plenty of opportunities to win this game,” Hewitt said. “We didn’t do it, especially when we had the lead.”