GAME NOTES: The Florida State Seminoles ended a three-game losing streak with a victory Wednesday night, and will look to string a pair of wins together as they travel to face the Maryland Terrapins in Atlantic Coast Conference action at the Comcast Center.
Florida State ended the three-game skid with a 70-50 clobbering of Virginia Tech Wednesday night. The Seminoles need some held in the conference, though, if they want to make some headway back toward the top. The 'Noles are 5-5 in the ACC - four and a half games out.
Maryland snapped a two-game win streak with a loss at North Carolina, 75-63, Tuesday in ACC play. The Terrapins are even with Florida State in the conference standings at 5-5.
Maryland has a solid lead in the all-time series between the two programs, 29-14. Earlier this season however, the Seminoles downed the Terrapins, 85-61, in Tallahassee.
Florida State, without the services of its leading scorer Ian Miller due to an ankle injury, still managed to dismantle the Virginia Tech Hokies in ACC play Wednesday. Aaron Thomas, who got the start over regular guard Devon Bookert, netted a team-high 24 points, while big man Okaro White tallied 15 points with eight rebounds in the 20-point win. Thomas connected on 6-of-8 from 3-point range in the game.
With the breakout performance, Thomas moved into first place on the Seminoles' scoring list. Typically a sparkplug off the bench, Thomas started just his second game of the season and moved his scoring average up to 13 ppg on 48 percent shooting from the field. White also moved up on the scoring list, tying Miller with a 12.7 ppg average. White leads the team with 6.8 rpg and is second on the squad with 24 blocked shots. Despite missing the last game, Miller is still the leader in assists with 67 on the year.
North Carolina jumped way out ahead of Maryland when the first-half buzzer sounded, and went into the intermission with a 39-27 lead. The Terrapins tried to fight back in the second half, but still lost by 12 points. Dez Wells led the charge for the Terps with 18 points, but also had seven turnovers. Evan Smotrycz chipped in 14 points and Seth Allen tallied 11 in the loss.
Wells leads the team in scoring this season with a 15.2 ppg average on 48.7 percent shooting from the floor. Wells contributes a well-rounded stat line for Maryland this year with 4.4 rpg and a second-best 45 assists on the year. Roddy Peters tops the squad with 61 total assists. Jake Layman is second in scoring on the Terrapins with 12.3 ppg, and Smotrycz is third at 11.7 ppg. The Terrapins are averaging 72.3 ppg this season.
Although Florida State has the most recent win between the two programs, the fact that Maryland is playing at home helps the Terrapins' cause. If Ian Miller can't go again, the Seminoles lose a dangerous scoring threat, and might not be able to keep pace with Maryland's offense.
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