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Winning streak hits 11 as FSU knocks off No. 21 Virginia Tech

NCAA Basketball: Virginia Tech at Florida State Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports

Leonard Hamilton has spoken all year about his team’ unselfish spirit. Today, it was on full display. Thirteen guys played. Five players scored in double-figures. Ten players had a steal and/or blocked shot. Everyone spent the game jumping around, slapping high-fives, and having fun.

And, once again, Florida State’s depth was too much for a good team to handle, as the ‘Noles cruised to a 93-78 win. FSU’s 15-1 start is the best in school history.

Virginia Tech was able to play with Florida State for about 10 minutes. At that point, they led 20-18. But FSU’s defense fueled two quick buckets, and the Hokies wouldn’t lead the rest of the game.

FSU substituted in waves, finishing the 1st half on a 30-17 run to take an 11-point lead at the break.

About the only thing that went wrong was Christ Koumadje rolling his ankle. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to return, although the severity is unknown at this time.

In the 2nd half, the Hokies were only briefly able to cut the lead to single digits. Down the stretch we saw what we’ve seen so many times this season: Florida State’s players looked fresh and ready, while the opponent (VT) was tired.

In a game that was hectic and full court, it’s no surprise Terance Mann had a big day. His 22 points on 7-11 shooting set a new career best, and he also had a team-high nine rebounds. Dwayne Bacon never totally found his offensive groove, but he still finished with 17. Jonathan Isaac had 13 points and eight boards. Jarquez Smith chipped in 12 points. And PJ Savoy came off the bench and scored 11 points in just seven minutes.

The ‘Noles, who are atop the ACC at 3-0, continue their tough stretch of games when they host No. 8 Duke Tuesday night.