Maryland pulls away to beat Florida State 78-62
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP)—Freshman Terrell Stoglin scored 17 points, and Maryland used a strong second half to beat Florida State 78-62 Wednesday night and severely damage the Seminoles’ pursuit of their first Atlantic Coast Conference title.
The Terrapins (18-10, 7-6) had five players score in double figures. Jordan Williams had 11 points and 11 rebounds, Dino Gregory scored 14, Adrian Bowie added 12 and Sean Mosley chipped in 10 in Maryland’s eighth straight home win over Florida State.
It was the 21st double-double of the season for Williams, who became the seventh sophomore in ACC history to collect at least 600 rebounds in his career.
Derwin Kitchen scored 16 and Deividas Dulkys had 14 points for the Seminoles (19-8, 9-4). The loss dropped Florida State three games behind first-place Duke with three games to play.
The Seminoles played again without junior forward Chris Singleton, who broke his foot on Feb. 12 during a win over Virginia. Singleton is the only player on the Florida State roster averaging double figures in scoring.
Maryland opened the second half with a 22-10 run to go up 60-47 with 10:23 left. Stoglin and Gregory each scored seven points in the surge and Williams contributed two baskets and a free throw.
Florida State would not reach the 60-point mark until there was less than two minutes to go.
Maryland shot 52 percent (25 of 48) against the nation’s top-rated team in field goal percentage defense. It was only the second time this season a team made at least half its shots against the Seminoles.
After leading by seven and trailing by nine, the Seminoles ended the first half with a 10-2 run to close to 38-37.
Florida State raced to a 9-2 lead behind Dulkys, who hit a pair of 3-pointers and a three-point play in the opening two minutes. Dulkys came in averaging 7.6 points per game.
Hounded underneath the basket by the Seminoles’ big men, Williams went more than eight minutes before getting off his first shot. He was fouled on the play and made two free throws to spark 6-0 spurt that put the Terrapins up 19-18.
Minutes later, Williams and freshman Pe’Shon Howard each scored three points in an 8-1 spree that made it 34-25.