Feb. 15, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Sophomore forward Anthony Richardson scored 18 points to lead Florida State to a 71-64 victory Saturday over Georgia Tech.
Richardson added five assists, five rebounds and five blocked shots in his best game of the season. He had four points and an assist after the Yellow Jackets cut a 15-point halftime deficit to 57-53 with 10:08 to play.
Florida State (12-10, 3-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) went on a 35-13 run over the final 12:20 of the first half to take control of the game. The Seminoles erased a 17-10 deficit against a Georgia Tech team that tried for its first road win in nine games this season.
Reserve forward Adam Waleskowski, who scored a career-high 12 points, ignited the charge with a 3-pointer. Trevor Harvey’s putback basket with 8:59 to go in the first half gave the Seminoles a 22-21 lead they never relinquished. Harvey also finished with 12 points.
Georgia Tech (12-10, 5-6) went seven minutes between field goals during the Seminoles’ run, which senior forward Mike Mathews capped with the final four points for a 45-30 Florida State halftime lead.
Sophomore guard B.J. Elder scored 16 of his game-high 19 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer that left the Seminoles clinging to a 57-53 lead at the end of a 27-8 run by the Yellow Jackets.
Richardson ended a seven-minute scoreless stretch with two free throws, then beat Georgia Tech’s press for a dunk and a 61-53 lead.
Freshman Jarrett Jack’s driving layup with 2:05 to play pulled the Yellow Jackets within 65-61, but Georgia Tech turned the ball over twice and missed its next three shots.
Jack, who finished with 16 points, turned the ball over to Richardson, leading to Todd Galloway’s game-sealing layup with 34 seconds to play.