Feb. 16, 2012
The No. 20 Florida State Men’s Basketball team defeated Virginia Tech Thursday night at home to improve to a 6-0 record at home against ACC teams.
The Noles’ (18-7, 9-2) was able to come back to beat the Hokies’ (14-12, 3-8) after trailing by 15 points in the second half.
FSU led for most of the first half, and was able to go into the half with a 2 point lead, 25-23. But, Virginia Tech came out of the half fired up. Guard Jarell Eddie sparked a 15-0 run to start the second half.
FSU was just unable to complete from the field or the line in the beginning of the second period. A layup by Bernard James at the 13:59 mark gave FSU their first points of the second half, and stopped the Hokies’ 15-0 run.
FSU struggled to complete shots all night, shooting 20 out of 50 in the paint and only completing seven of 20 three-point shots. FSU also turned the ball over 15 times.
But, FSU was able to fight back late in the second half to bring the game to 47-45, with a minute remaining. Guard Ian Miller completed on a three-point shot on an assist by point guard Jeff Peterson to give FSU their late minute chance.
After a missed three-point shot by Dorian Finney-Smith, and two failed free throw attempts by Robert Brown with 10 seconds left. FSU junior guard Michael Snaer was able to complete on an impressive last second three point shot to give FSU a 48-47, win.
“It was a tough one,” Snaer said. “They kept pounding on us. Fortunate enough we finally found some fire, found some heart in our team and we just kept pushing and fighting back.”
Snear also helped FSU to an upset against Duke with a final second three point shot from the same area as tonight. He finished with 11 points, and only completed one out of four three-point shots.
Erick green led Virginia Tech with 18 points, and also led his team in assists (3) and steals (4).
FSU will travel to North Carolina on Saturday to face NC State.