Back on the bubble: FSU beats Pitt 71-66

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Pitt still has one home game left, but opted to have senior night vs FSU because it was their last weekend game, making travel easier for the families. This gave FSU the chance to play spoiler, and to get themselves back on the bubble in the process. For the 2nd straight game FSU went with Ian Miller and Aaron Thomas in the starting lineup, and FSU scored on their first two possessions to take a 5-0 lead. From there it was a half of runs. Pitt was up first with a 10-2 run, which FSU answered 11-1. Pitt scored 5 straight, FSU did the same, and then Pitt one upped them with 7-straight. But FSU had the ball last, and when Ian Miller drove and drew a double team, Aaron Thomas dropped into the corner for an open 3 at the buzzer which gave the Noles a 37-31 halftime lead.

The first ten minutes of the second half was slow death by Pittsburgh. FSU couldn't score, but the defense was solid, and it took the Panthers to the under-12 media timeout to tie the game. Coming out of the timeout Pitt went zone, and the Seminoles responded with a massive Miller-to-White alley oop, followed quickly by another Okaro White dunk. Pitt would battle back to tie it, but they would never take the lead. With FSU clinging to a 55-52 advantage and 2:20 left to play, the Panthers stymied the Noles for 34 seconds, but Okaro White put up a miracle 3-pointer that hit all sides of the rim before rolling in. From there, all Pitt could do was foul. Lamar Patterson kept them in the game with three DEEP threes, but the Noles hit their free throws and walked away with a huge road win, 71-66.

FSU's 1.14 points per possession were the 2nd most scored against Pitt this year.

Ian Miller continued his recent run of all-league caliber play with 19 points and 5 assists. Okaro White had 22 points and 8 rebounds. Aaron Thomas added 14 points and Montay Brandon had 6 points and 12 rebounds.

FSU is now 16-11, 7-8 and doesn't play for a week when they'll have a must-win game at home vs Georgia Tech.

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