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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) —This was supposed to be a defensive slugfest. Instead, an offensive explosion has the Florida State men’s basketball team one victory away from a trip to the Big Apple.
After beating Georgetown, 101-90, Monday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center, FSU (21-13) will now host Louisiana Tech Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals round of the NIT. The winner of that contest will become one of four teams to earn spots in next week’s NIT semifinals at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Equally matched defensively as squads giving up less than 70 points per game and forcing opponents to shoot around 40 percent all season, the Hoyas-Seminoles showdown was supposed to be a dog fight.
But it became a shootout.
The ‘Noles eclipsed 90 points for the fourth time this season as they scored the second-most points in an NIT game in school history. On the flip side, the Hoyas (18-15) hadn’t allowed a single opponent to register more than the 86 Kansas hung on them in a Dec. 21, 2013 loss. In fact, Georgetown hadn’t allowed 100 points in regulation in a staggering 13 years.
Aaron Thomas helped end that sterak by matching his career high with 26 points in the triumph, shooting 8-of-10 from the field while adding six rebounds.
And Thomas wasn’t the only hot shooter in garnet and gold as FSU shot 68.8 percent from the field as a team. Devon Bookert hit four of his five shots and all three of his 3-pointers to add 21 points, five rebounds and nine assists. Ian Miller returned from a foot injury to shoot 4-of-6 from 3-point land and notch 18 points and Okaro White, playing in his school-record 137th game at Florida State, was 5-of-7 from the field with 16 points, three blocks and four rebounds.
FSU was 11-of-16 from 3-point range.