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February 21, 2007The University of Maryland men's basketball team scored a measure of revenge against Florida State and, in doing so, put the Seminoles' NCAA Tournament hopes on life support.
The Terrapins blitzed FSU with a 12-0 run to start the second half, winning 73-55 Wednesday night in College Park.
The loss, FSU's fifth straight, guaranteed the Seminoles (17-11, 5-9 in the ACC) a sub-.500 conference record one season after finishing 9-7 in the ACC. Florida State has two games left in the regular season, its next being its final home game Saturday against North Carolina State.
With the game tied at halftime at 31-31, Terrapins guard D.J. Strawberry scored Maryland's first six points in less than 90 seconds on two lay-ups and a dunk. As the Terps started to run away with the game, the Seminoles missed their first eight shots of the second half.
Uche Echefu's jumper with 9:24 remaining cut Maryland's lead to nine points, but the Terps retaliated with a Mike Jones 3-pointer and a James Gist dunk.
Florida State took its second lead of the game on an Al Thornton 3-pointer, putting the Seminoles up 31-29 with 32 seconds left in the first half, but Greivis Vasquez answered with a lay-up with four seconds left. Thornton ended the first half with 16 points and nine rebounds but hit just three of eight second-half shots to finish with 23 points.
The Terrapins shot just 34 percent in the first half, but stayed in the game by hitting six of their first seven 3-pointers. Maryland ended the game shooting 45 percent, while Florida State shot just 34 percent and, despite leading the nation in free throw percentage entering the game, shot just 59 percent from the line.
Isaiah Swann scored 12 points for FSU, but hit only two of nine shots from the floor and committed six of the Seminoles' 16 turnovers. Bambale Osby led Maryland with 15 points with Jones adding 14. Maryland's bench outscored FSU's 22-0.