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Inside the box score: FSU 57, Georgia Tech 53

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FSU GT basketball box score

1. Jarquez Smith scored 15 points, making 5-6 2s and 1-2 3s. After scoring in double digits for the first time in his career in ACC play against Duke, Smith has now done it in two straight games. As a freshman Smith posted a measly 80.7 offensive rating, which was the 4th lowest for a frosh in Ham's tenure. As a sophomore, his oRtg is up to 103.5, which is better than the sophomore seasons for Montay Brandon, Michael Snaer, Chris Singleton, Xavier Gibson, Luke Loucks, Derwin Kitchen, Isaiah Swann, Jason Rich, and Al Thornton. He's also begun showing more consistent flashes of the inside-out stretch-4 which everyone hopes he develops into.

2. Boris Bojanovsky made 4-4 FTs in the waning minutes to give FSU a chance to win. Bojo began the season with an uncharacteristic 30-64 (47%) stretch from the charity stripe. Since then he's made 18-20 (90%).

3. Florida State had 9 blocks on the game, and now are No. 1 in ACC play blocking 14.5% of opponent shots. Bojo is blocking 9.5% of the shots when he's on the floor, which is 2nd best in the conference. He needs eight more blocks to tie Chris Singleton for 6th all time at FSU.

4. Georgia Tech grabs 39% of their own missed shots, which is 10th nationally out of 351 Division I teams. Against FSU they were well below their season average at 29%, and that includes four blocks by FSU that went out of bounds, allowing GT to maintain possession.

5. FSU won 57-53 in a 65 possession game. This is the first conference game in three years which FSU won while scoring less than 0.90 per possession, entering the game at 0-9. During FSU's four year run to the NCAA tournament the Noles were able to win five ACC games when scoring less than 0.90 per possession. That's one difference an elite defense made - even when the offense was sputtering, the Noles were able to grind out wins. FSU has now held four of the past five ACC opponents below a point per possession. In the first eight ACC games, the Seminoles accomplished that one time.