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Seminoles stump Terps with obvious

January 17, 2009|By BRENT KALLESTAD

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- There's little mystery about who gets the ball in crunch time at Florida State: Toney Douglas.

The senior guard scored eight of his 25 points in overtime to lead Florida State to a 76-73 win over Maryland on Saturday.

"Toney's always coming through for us in the clutch," coach Leonard Hamilton said after surviving a late Maryland rally. "This is life in the ACC."

Douglas, who had just five points at halftime, scored the Seminoles first seven points of the overtime. Freshman Luke Loucks was the only other Seminole in double figures, finishing with 10 points.

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One of two seniors in Florida State's starting lineup, Douglas is quiet and doesn't talk about himself -- even when asked. But his coaches and teammates fill in the gaps.

"He's the leader of this team and when it comes down to the clutch, he's going to have the ball," Loucks said. "Nine times out of 10 he's going to come through."

Just like Saturday.

Derwin Kitchen's only field goal gave Florida State a 66-64 lead with a minute left in regulation, but Maryland's Landon Milbourne's putback with 22 seconds left with one of his six offensive rebounds sent the game to overtime.

Florida State (15-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 52-41 with 12:07 left, but Maryland tied the score at 64-64 on Dave Neal's 3-point basket with 2:20 left.

"We came back and had a chance," said Maryland coach Gary Williams. "I think this is good for this team to get some confidence that we are this close to winning on the road."

Maryland blew a 17-point second half lead on Wednesday, losing a 62-60 heartbreaker at Miami.

"It would have been easy to roll over," Williams said. I'm proud of the team because of the way they competed."

Meanwhile, it was a sigh of relief for Hamilton, who nearly watched his team blow a double-digit second half lead at home.

"You have to play for 40 minutes," said Douglas, who played 41 on Saturday.

It's just the second time in Hamilton's seven seasons at Florida State that the Seminoles have started the ACC with wins in two of their first three league games.

Milbourne led Maryland (12-5, 1-2) with 17 points and nine rebounds to help the smaller Terps to a 44-37 advantage on the boards.

Adrian Bowie added 14 points for Maryland before fouling out with 4:04 left in regulation and freshman Sean Mosley finished with 13, all in the second half.

The Terps' leading scorer, Greivis Vasquez, had a miserable game, scoring just six points and committing five turnovers before fouling out in the overtime. Vasquez scored 20 points and had eight assists in Maryland's win a year ago in Tallahassee.

His backcourt running mate, Eric Hayes, also had five turnovers Saturday.

"If one of us could have come over here and took over the game -- with what he (Douglas) was doing for his team -- it would have been a different game," Vasquez said.

Douglas' layup off one of his four steals in the game gave the Seminoles a 29-27 halftime lead and he teamed with Loucks to spark a run that gave Florida State its 11 point advantage.

Florida State freshmen inside players, Chris Singleton and 7-1 Solomon Alabi, combined for 17 points and nine blocked shots with the 6-9 Singleton having five.

"It's an advantage having an eraser back there," Williams said. "Ridiculous."

Maryland returns home to play Virginia on Tuesday while Florida State travels to Miami for a Wednesday game.

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