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FSU rallies for win over hot Maryland

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 08:51 AM
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -

Okaro White scored 15 consecutive points for Florida State to fuel a second-half comeback that lifted the Seminoles past Maryland 65-62 Wednesday night, ending the Terrapins' 13-game winning streak.

Florida State (10-5, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied from a 12-point deficit to defeat the cold-shooting Terrapins, who went 10 of 32 from the floor in the second half.

White, a Clearwater High graduate, finished with 20 points, matching a career high. Michael Snaer scored 15 and Ian Miller added 12 for the Seminoles, who had lost eight in a row at Maryland since 2001.

Alex Len had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Nick Faust scored 14 for Maryland (13-2, 1-1). The Terrapins were seeking to match the school-record winning streak of 14 games, set in 1931-32.

Down by nine at halftime and 39-27 with 18 minutes to go, the Seminoles got five points from Snaer in a 12-2 run that cut the deficit to 43-42 with 13 minutes left. After that, White took over. The 6-foot-8 junior scored on dunks, follow shots and drives before sinking two free throws to make it 57-51.

Maryland, meanwhile, went nearly seven minutes without a point until Logan Aronhalt connected from beyond the arc with 7:54 remaining. But the Terrapins never led after a 3-point play by White made it 53-51 with 4:05 to go.

It was 59-51 before Maryland fought to 61-59 with 19 seconds left. Devon Bookert then made two free throws for FSU, but Faust answered with a 3 to get the Terrapins within a point. After Snaer converted one of two foul shots, Seth Allen had a jumper blocked by Snaer, and White, appropriately, finished the scoring with a free throw.

Florida State has won six of seven following a three-game losing streak.

The Terrapins led 36-27 at halftime after outrebounding FSU 26-11 and limiting the Seminoles to 31 percent shooting.

Maryland had five turnovers in the opening three minutes, but FSU missed seven of its first eight shots. Soon after that, Faust drilled a pair of 3-pointers and Jake Layman also connected from beyond the arc during an 11-3 run that put the Terrapins up 14-9.

FLORIDA ST. (10-5) — White 7-13 6-7 20, Turpin 0-4 0-0 0, Brandon 0-4 2-2 2, Snaer 5-8 3-4 15, Whisnant II 2-5 0-0 5, Bookert 0-1 2-2 2, Shannon 1-4 0-4 2, Bojanovsky 0-2 0-0 0, Thomas 3-9 1-2 7, Miller 4-10 1-2 12, Ojo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-60 15-23 65.

MARYLAND (13-2) — Mitchell 2-2 0-0 4, Wells 2-9 1-2 5, Len 5-11 5-7 15, Faust 5-10 0-0 14, Howard 0-3 0-0 0, Aronhalt 1-6 0-0 3, Allen 4-10 3-4 13, Layman 1-4 0-0 3, Padgett 2-4 1-1 5, Cleare 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-60 10-14 62.

Halftime — Maryland 36-27. 3-Point Goals — Florida St. 6-20 (Miller 3-6, Snaer 2-4, Whisnant II 1-3, Thomas 0-1, Turpin 0-1, Brandon 0-2, White 0-3), Maryland 8-22 (Faust 4-6, Allen 2-4, Layman 1-3, Aronhalt 1-5, Wells 0-1, Howard 0-3). Fouled Out — Len. Rebounds — Florida St. 39 (White 9), Maryland 42 (Len 10). Assists — Florida St. 9 (Snaer 3), Maryland 13 (Aronhalt, Wells 3). Total Fouls — Florida St. 16, Maryland 21. A — 14,157.

FLORIDA STATE 65, MARYLAND 62

Up next: North Carolina at FSU

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