Friday, February 6, 2009
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Toney Douglas shook off a poor shooting night and scored eight of his game-high 21 points in the final 5:09 as cold-shooting Florida State rallied for a 62-58 victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.
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.
Florida State (17-5, 4-3) hit seven of eight free throws, four by Uche Echefu, 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 came up with his 14th double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.
Florida State shot just 30.9 percent and Georgia Tech was just 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.
Douglas, who has scored more than 20 points in his last six ACC games and averaged 25 points a game in that span, hit two jumpers and four free throws to key the stretch run.
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.