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No. 25 Florida State beats cold-shooting Georgia Tech 59-49

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner wanted to ''muck it up'' against Florida State. The Seminoles waded through the mud, all right, but came out looking fine.

Florida State defeated Georgia Tech 59-49 for its third straight victory Saturday, with Mfiondu Kabengele and Terance Mann scoring 12 points each.

Kabengele has scored in double figures in 14 of the team's 21 games, all as a reserve. Trent Forrest had nine points, six rebounds and three steals for the Seminoles (16-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

After opening ACC play at 1-4, including a two-point loss on a buzzer-beater at home against No. 1 Duke on Jan. 12, the Seminoles have bounced back to win their last three.

''We got to find a way to smooth it out where we're consistent with how we go out and perform every night out,'' Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. ''That's kind of been a moving target for us. I'm just glad that we're back to 4-4. We have to keep hopefully moving in the right direction.''

The Seminoles are moving in the right direction, but it wasn't an inspiring final five minutes of basketball. Both teams turned cold late: Florida State made just one of its last nine shots while Georgia Tech was 1 of 17.

This was the lowest point total by a Florida State opponent this season and it ties the lowest output by Georgia Tech in a game this season. The Yellow Jackets shot 28 percent (17 of 60).

''We've had struggles offensively, which has unfortunately been a recurring theme,'' Pastner said. ''Our game plan was to keep the game in the 50s to muck it up and muddy it up. We did that. We had 49 points and that just makes it hard to win a game.''

Abdoulaye Gueye scored 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds for Georgia Tech (11-11, 3-6), which has dropped five of six games. Gueye made 6 of 7 shots from the floor and scored in double figures for a sixth straight game.

But the Yellow Jackets' leading scorer, Jose Alvarado, fouled out and went 0 for 10 from the floor in 24 minutes. The sophomore guard, averaging 13.1 points, sprained an ankle in the loss to North Carolina on Tuesday.

''We need him to be better,'' Pastner said. ''He's been a tough, hard-nosed young man for us in his year and a half but today he wasn't real productive for us.''

The Seminoles shot just 35 percent (16 of 46), but their foul shooting carried them - 23 of 30 for 77 percent. Kabengele made 7 of 9 free throws.

Florida State also had the benefit of rest, not playing a game since winning at Miami on Jan. 27. That helped a group of Seminoles who had been battling through foot injuries, including Mann and Forrest.

''I felt kind of back, like myself,'' said Forrest, who played 36 minutes. ''Felt explosive, able to make plays. That rest gave me enough energy to play those minutes.''

EASY MISSES

Georgia Tech made just 8 of 37 shots in the second half, including four missed layups and a botched dunk in the final 4:28. Kabengele also blocked two shots by the Yellow Jackets in the final 30 seconds.

''We had some opportunities, missed some point-blank layups,'' Pastner said. ''Had a couple great looks at 3. Couldn't score.''

MOVING UP

Leonard Hamilton won his 140th ACC game, breaking a tie with former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell. The Florida State coach is now seventh on the career list for ACC regular-season and conference tournament wins.

BIG PICTURE

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets made just 3 of 21 shots from 3-point range.

Florida State: The Seminoles have beaten Georgia Tech 12 of the last 14 games.

UP NEXT

Georgia Tech hosts Clemson on Wednesday.

Florida State plays at Syracuse on Tuesday.

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Key Players
J. Alvarado
10 G
T. Forrest
3 G
29.7 Min. Per Game 29.7
9.5 Pts. Per Game 9.5
3.7 Ast. Per Game 3.7
4.9 Reb. Per Game 4.9
39.7 Field Goal % 45.5
27.9 Three Point % 17.4
76.1 Free Throw % 77.4
  Defensive rebound by Phil Cofer 17.0
  Brandon Alston missed dunk, blocked by Mfiondu Kabengele 19.0
  Offensive rebound by Georgia Tech 24.0
  Shembari Phillips missed jump shot, blocked by Mfiondu Kabengele 26.0
+ 1 Terance Mann made 2nd of 2 free throws 41.0
+ 1 Terance Mann made 1st of 2 free throws 41.0
  Shooting foul on Curtis Haywood II 41.0
  Defensive rebound by Florida State 44.0
  Evan Cole missed 3-pt. jump shot 46.0
+ 1 Trent Forrest made 2nd of 2 free throws 56.0
+ 1 Trent Forrest made 1st of 2 free throws 56.0
Team Stats
Points 49 59
Field Goals 17-60 (28.3%) 16-46 (34.8%)
3-Pointers 3-21 (14.3%) 4-16 (25.0%)
Free Throws 12-14 (85.7%) 23-30 (76.7%)
Total Rebounds 37 39
Offensive 9 6
Defensive 21 29
Team 7 4
Assists 5 10
Steals 3 5
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 14 14
Fouls 23 19
Technicals 1 1
15 PTS, 7 REB
12 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Georgia Tech 11-11 272249
home team logo 25 Florida State 16-5 332659
Team Stats
away team logo Georgia Tech 11-11 65.3 PPG 36.8 RPG 13.5 APG
home team logo 25 Florida State 16-5 74.9 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.7 APG
Key Players
34
A. Gueye F 6.6 PPG 3.7 RPG 0.8 APG 51.9 FG%
25
M. Kabengele F 13.1 PPG 5.9 RPG 0.3 APG 49.3 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Gueye F 15 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
M. Kabengele F 12 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
28.3 FG% 34.8
14.3 3PT FG% 25.0
85.7 FT% 76.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Gueye 15 7 0 6/7 0/0 3/4 2 37 0 0 3 3 4
M. Devoe 10 5 0 3/13 2/5 2/2 3 37 1 0 4 1 4
J. Banks III 5 4 0 2/6 0/0 1/1 4 20 2 0 2 2 2
C. Haywood II 4 2 2 2/8 0/6 0/0 3 32 0 0 1 0 2
J. Alvarado 0 3 2 0/10 0/5 0/0 5 24 0 0 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Gueye 15 7 0 6/7 0/0 3/4 2 37 0 0 3 3 4
M. Devoe 10 5 0 3/13 2/5 2/2 3 37 1 0 4 1 4
J. Banks III 5 4 0 2/6 0/0 1/1 4 20 2 0 2 2 2
C. Haywood II 4 2 2 2/8 0/6 0/0 3 32 0 0 1 0 2
J. Alvarado 0 3 2 0/10 0/5 0/0 5 24 0 0 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Cole 7 3 0 2/5 1/2 2/2 1 19 0 1 2 3 0
B. Alston 4 2 0 1/5 0/2 2/2 1 9 0 0 1 0 2
K. Moore 4 2 1 1/4 0/1 2/3 3 16 0 0 0 0 2
S. Phillips 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
S. Medlock - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Wright 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 1 0 0 2
S. Ogbonda - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Jester - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Rice - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Schafer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Sjolund - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 49 30 5 17/60 3/21 12/14 23 200 3 2 14 9 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mann 12 7 1 3/5 0/1 6/8 1 34 1 0 3 3 4
T. Forrest 9 6 3 3/7 0/0 3/6 2 36 3 1 3 1 5
C. Koumadje 6 8 0 2/2 0/0 2/2 3 19 0 2 2 0 8
P. Cofer 5 3 1 2/6 1/2 0/0 2 20 0 0 1 0 3
M. Walker 2 1 0 0/7 0/4 2/2 4 26 1 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Mann 12 7 1 3/5 0/1 6/8 1 34 1 0 3 3 4
T. Forrest 9 6 3 3/7 0/0 3/6 2 36 3 1 3 1 5
C. Koumadje 6 8 0 2/2 0/0 2/2 3 19 0 2 2 0 8
P. Cofer 5 3 1 2/6 1/2 0/0 2 20 0 0 1 0 3
M. Walker 2 1 0 0/7 0/4 2/2 4 26 1 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Kabengele 12 2 0 2/6 1/1 7/9 0 21 0 2 0 1 1
P. Savoy 6 2 0 1/3 1/3 3/3 2 12 0 0 1 1 1
R. Gray 4 2 0 2/4 0/1 0/0 2 9 0 0 0 0 2
D. Vassell 3 0 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
D. Nichols 0 0 3 0/3 0/3 0/0 2 13 0 0 2 0 0
A. Polite 0 4 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 2 0 4
T. Light - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lindner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Prieto - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Wilkes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Osborne - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Hands - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 59 35 10 16/46 4/16 23/30 19 200 5 5 14 6 29