TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Michael Snaer scored 21 points and Bernard James added 13 on Wednesday night as No. 21 Florida State rallied in the second half to defeat Georgia Tech 68-54 for its sixth straight win.
The victory gives Florida State (15-6, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference ) its best start in league play since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season and it keeps the Seminoles tied with North Carolina for first place. Duke is right behind at 5-1.
Snaer scored 16 points in the second half to help awaken a slumbering offense that managed to shoot just 34.8 percent in the first half. The 6-foot-4 junior made 5 of 7 from 3-point distance and has made 11 of his last 13 tries from beyond the arc, including a buzzer-beating game-winner at Duke on Jan. 21.
Georgia Tech (8-14, 1-7) led 25-24 at halftime despite not having scoring and rebounding leader Glen Rice Jr., who missed the game with a foot injury.
Brandon Reed, who was 4 of 8 from 3-point distance, scored a season-high 18 points and Daniel Miller added 10 for the Yellow Jackets, who lost their sixth straight.
Two free throws by Reed capped an 18-8 run that gave Georgia Tech its first lead, 23-22 with 3:09 left in the half.
Georgia Tech has dropped 10 of its last 11 games under first-year coach Brian Gregory. And it wasn't made any easier for the Yellow Jackets without Rice and his averages of 13.0 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Florida State hadn't played in a week and looked rusty, scoring only 10 points over the final 12:45 of the half.
But that changed in the second half when Florida State shot 61.5 percent from the field and committed just four turnovers.
Okaro White's thundering dunk capped a 10-0 spurt early in the second half that gave Florida State a 43-32 lead. The Seminoles had their largest lead at 68-51 on Snaer's fifth 3-pointer in the final seconds. White finished with 11 points and senior guard Luke Loucks added nine points and seven assists.
Georgia Tech climbed within 49-42 with 7:51 left before an 11-3 run by the Seminoles that was capped by James' slam put the game out of reach.