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Fast Start Lifts Florida State Past Georgia Tech, 72-63

Feb. 10, 2011

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ATLANTA (AP) – Bouncing back from a 20-point loss to North Carolina, Florida State got 16 points from Chris Singleton, 15 from Michael Snaer and used an early 14-0 run to beat Georgia Tech 72-63 Thursday night.

The Seminoles (17-7, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) desperately needed a win to beef up their NCAA resume, especially after the 89-69 rout by North Carolina and an ugly 62-44 loss at Clemson the week before that.

For the second straight game, Georgia Tech (10-13, 3-7) had a scoreless stretch in the early going. Last weekend, Clemson put together a 22-0 run on the way to a 65-56 victory. This time, the Yellow Jackets went nearly 7 minutes without scoring.

Iman Shumpert led Georgia Tech with 25 points, and Glen Rice Jr. had 24.

Florida State turned in a sloppy performance, turning it over 17 times and letting Georgia Tech hang around despite shooting just 30 percent (23-of-77).

Singleton also had 10 rebounds, while Snaer had a couple of nifty drives in the closing minutes. Okaro White added 12 points for Florida State.

Trailing 17-2, Georgia Tech finally broke the 14-point run with Mfon Udofia’s third-try lay-in, following two straight offensive rebounds. The Yellow Jackets finished 7-of-36 in the first half.

Florida State led 30-18 at the break, and Georgia Tech never got closer than seven the rest of the way.

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