BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Erick Green scored 26 points and Virginia Tech snapped its longest losing streak in more than a decade with an 80-70 victory over Florida State Sunday night at Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies (12-15, 3-11 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a nine-game skid, their longest since dropping 10 straight in the 2001-02 season. Green, the nation's leading scorer, broke the 20-point mark for the 25th time this season and helped hold off a Florida State rally by scoring seven straight Virginia Tech points late in the second half. Okaro White scored 18 points to lead the Seminoles (14-13, 6-8), who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Virginia Tech opened the second half on a 14-3 run to build its first double-digit lead of the game. Marquis Rankin, Marshall Wood and Robert Brown all knocked down 3-pointers during the run as Tech took a 42-29 lead with 15:34 to play. Florida State pulled within 53-49 after Aaron Thomas connected with Kiel Turpin for an alley-oop basket with 7:05 left. But Green scored the next five points to help the Hokies regain a 58-49 edge with 6:18 left. The Seminoles got within six with 2:14 to go, but the Hokies sealed the win by hitting 17 of 18 free throws in the final 2:37. Florida State, which entered the game as the ACC's top free-throw shooting team, went 13 for 23 from the line. C.J. Barksdale set a career high in scoring for the second straight game, finishing with 17 points for the Hokies. Brown added 11. Devin Bookert scored 14 points for the Seminoles. Florida State slowly built an early lead as the Hokies struggled to find any sort of offensive flow. A Michael Snaer free throw with 7:15 left in the first half gave the Seminoles a 17-11 lead, but the Hokies got back into it thanks to an unlikely contributor. Brown, mired in a two-month slump, hit three floaters in a span of less than two minutes, helping Virginia Tech surge into the lead. Christian Beyer scored underneath on a pass from Barksdale, capping an 8-0 run that gave Virginia Tech a 23-21 lead with 2:35 left in the half. During the run, the Florida State bench was hit with a technical after coach Leonard Hamilton argued a traveling call. Green converted both free throws after the technical. The Hokies scored on six straight possessions near the end of the half and took a 28-26 lead into the break. NOTES: The only ACC player ever to lead the nation in scoring was South Carolina's Grady Wallace, who averaged 31.2 points during the 1956-57 season. ... Rankin made his second straight start in place of the slumping Brown. Walk-on Will Johnston replaced Jarell Eddie, the Hokies' second-leading scorer, in the starting lineup. ... Florida State is 6-1 in ACC games decided by five points or fewer. The only loss was by five points at home against North Carolina.
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