Ian Miller returned from a one-game absence due to a toe injury
and scored 18 points off the bench, including 4-of-6 3-pointers for
Florida State (21-13), which moves on to host Louisiana Tech in
Wednesday's quarterfinals. Okaro White added 16 points and a
game-high three blocks for the Seminoles, who swatted away five
Georgetown shots in total and shot 68.2 percent from the field.
Markel Starks' 27 points led the Hoyas (18-15), who end their season
with six losses in their final nine games. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
notched 22 points, Jabril Trawick totaled 14 and Aaron Bowen
contributed 10 off the bench.
Georgetown sank its first three field-goal attempts of the second
half, pulling to within 50-42 on a 3-pointer from Smith-Rivera 2:11
into the frame but Florida State answered immediately as Bookert
connected from behind the arc and White followed with a layup to
restore order. The Seminoles would maintain a double-digit lead
until another Smith-Rivera 3-pointer pulled Georgetown to within
97-88 with 52 seconds remaining, but Florida State wilted no
further, securing its first win against a Big East team since
defeating Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament in March of 2011.
The Hoyas held a 21-19 advantage with 9:02 to play in the first half
before the Seminoles got hot from behind the arc, with four straight
3-pointers sparking a 29-14 surge to close out the opening 20.
Florida State held a 48-35 lead at the break, shooting 64 percent in
a half that featured 16 points from Thomas and 11 from Bookert.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Florida State's 101 points marked its highest total
since scoring 106 against Charlotte on Dec. 17 and its second most
in an NIT game behind 107 against Rhode Island in 1987. ... White
moved into 10th place on the Seminoles' all-time career blocks list
with 104. ... Florida State recorded 16 assists — its highest total
since dishing out 17 against Maryland Jan. 12.
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