TALLAHASSEE — Florida State squandered a double-digit halftime lead for the second straight game. This time, it was able to overcome that.
The 23rd-ranked Seminoles scored the first six in the second overtime to propel them to a 101-90 victory over Syracuse on Saturday.
"This is a very big win for us. Going 2-3 (in the ACC) is better than 1-4," said Braian Angola, who had 24 points, including five in the second overtime. "We let Louisville slip out of our hands. Today we executed what we had to do."
Tied at 82 at the end of the first overtime, the Seminoles quickly took control. Two free throws by Tyus Battle cut FSU’s lead to 88-84, but it scored nine of the next 11.
Christ Koumadje had a career-high 23 points for FSU (13-4, 2-3 ACC), whose leading scorer and rebounder Terance Mann sat out with a concussion. The ’Noles led by 10 at halftime.
"We had a little more depth, we had some guys step up and make some plays. We were fortunate to come away with a victory. … We just kind of hung on a little longer," coach Leonard Hamilton said.
FSU was 5-of-24 from 3-point range at one point but made five of their last six in regulation.