Devin Vassell scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the first half and made all seven of his 3-point attempts to propel No. 5 Florida State to a 74-63 victory over Virginia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference game Saturday at Blacksburg, Va.
The Seminoles (18-3, 8-2 ACC) rebounded after losing at Virginia on Tuesday. They have won 11 of their last 12 games, including eight of their last nine ACC games.
Vassell scored half of Florida State’s points by halftime when the Seminoles led 34-29. He made all six of his field-goal attempts, including five 3-pointers, for 17 points. He finished the game making 8 of 10 shots overall.
Virginia Tech (14-8, 5-6) was led by Tyrece Radford’s 18 points. Landers Nolley II had 14 points with seven rebounds and Hunter Cattoor added 10 points.
The Hokies have lost three straight games and four of their last five.
Wyatt Wilkes helped Florida State in the first half with all of his eight points, making 3 of 4 shots from the field with 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.
Radford and Cattoor each had 10 points at the half for Virginia Tech. They combined to shoot 9 of 13 from the field and Cattoor was 2 of 4 from 3-point range.
After Nahiem Alleyne cut Florida State’s lead to 38-34 with 17:55 left in regulation, the Seminoles used separate 8-2 and 9-2 runs to gain separation.
Florida State built its lead to 60-44 with 9:25 left but Virginia Tech rallied with nine unanswered points. Alleyne’s dunk with 6:23 remaining cut the lead to 60-53. The Hokies would get no closer.
Florida State next hosts North Carolina on Monday. Virginia Tech’s next game is at Georgia Tech on Tuesday.
—Field Level Media