It was a heated battle of big, athletic ACC rivals and it was far from pretty. But Florida State battled through injuries and cramps to two starters to pull out the victory over Georgia Tech. Neither team seemed particularly concerned with taking care of the ball as the game featured an astounding 41 turnovers (19 by FSU and 22 by Georgia Tech). And neither team could knock down free throws as FSU went 16-27 from the line and Georgia Tech could knock down only 11 of 22 from the charity stripe. And neither team could clean its defensive glass as FSU grabbed only 58% of possible defensive rebounds while the Yellow Jackets could pull down only 55%!
But the game went pretty much as observers of these two teams expected it to go. Florida State's big men were just better than the Tech front court. And the 'Noles did it despite questionable shot selection as the 'Noles jacked up 19 three-point attempts, hitting only 4 (21%). Florida State's 7'3" Solomon Alabi accounted for 14 points on 4-6 shooting and 6-6 FT to go with 11 rebounds, 1 block and only 1 turnover in 30 minutes. Small forward Chris Singleton had an up and down game, scoring a career high 23 points but needing 17 shots to get there. Of those were 6 three-point shots, hitting only 1 to drop his total to an abysmal 3-25 (12%) from behind the arc in ACC play. He was 4-10 on free throws as well. Quite simply, Singleton can't shoot.
But he can dunk and finish around the rim. Singleton was 8-11 on two-point attempts and also grabbed 10 boards. Few in the ACC can handle Singleton when he forces the issue and plays to his strengths.
Georgia Tech's Brian Oliver took advantage of late switches and close-outs by FSU to shoot 6-13 from three in leading the Jackets with 20 points.
FSU is now 15-4 overall (3-2 in ACC play) and in sole possession of 5th place in the ACC. They travel to face Duke on Wednesday.