Friday, March 13, 2009

SEMINOLES ADVANCE

FLORIDA STATE 64, GEORGIA TECH 62 – From AP: For more than 39 minutes, Florida State and Georgia Tech leaned on high-scoring guards Toney Douglas and Lewis Clinch.

With the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament game on the line in the final seconds, each team had to turn to another guard. Seminoles sophomore Derwin Kitchen (#22) delivered; Yellow Jackets freshman Iman Shumpert didn't.

Kitchen's three-point play with 7.7 seconds left on Friday gave the No. 22 Seminoles a 64-62 victory over the Yellow Jackets, whose season ended when Shumpert's last-second attempt bounced off the rim.
A relieved Douglas pounded the floor twice as Shumpert and other Georgia Tech players fell to their hands and knees in disappointment.

"He can't hang his head too low," Clinch said of Shumpert. "He's got to get prepared for his future."

Florida State (24-8) ended a streak of 11 straight losses in the quarterfinals while advancing to the semifinals for the first time since 1992, its first year in the league. Douglas had 25 points for the Seminoles, who will face the Tar Heels in Saturday's first semifinal.
"We always want to play the top team in the league and in the country," Douglas said.

The Seminoles barely survived against the worst team in the league. Georgia Tech managed only two conference wins in the regular season and was the No. 12 seed in the tournament.

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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