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Inside the box score: FSU 78, LA Tech 75

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1. The FSU defense limited Louisiana Tech to just 19-49 (39.6%) shooting on 2-pointers, and 7-25 (28%) shooting on 3-pointers. That adds up to a 40.4 eFG%, which was the Bulldogs 3rd lowest of the season in 37 games. The Bulldogs were able to score largely by making 16-18 FTs, and having so many effective possessions. They only turned the ball over 7 times, and were able to rebound 36% of their own misses.

2. Okaro White scored 20 points on just 10 shots, and added 8 rebounds. The 20 points moved him past Hugh Durham (namesake of FSU's MVP award) for 17th all time at FSU, and he is now 14 points behind Reggie Royals. He also made seven free throws to move into 5th all time.

3. With 21 points, Aaron Thomas scored in double figures for the 16th straight game. Through the first 21 games of the season Thomas averaged 12.5 points per game, and since then he's averaged 18.4 per game. In the NIT he is averaging 23 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He is the highest scoring underclassman in Leonard Hamilton's tenure.

4. FSU made 7-12 3-pointers (58%) vs LA Tech. In the NIT the Noles have now made 22-37 (59.5%). FSU was the best 3-point shooting team in the ACC.

5. The Noles won 78-75 in a 72 possession game. FSU's last two games have now been played at a higher tempo than any ACC game this season. After dropping 1.37 points per possession on Georgetown (the most scored on the Hoyas this year), FSU scored 1.08 vs LA Tech, which is the 8th most vs the Bulldogs this year.