TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Terance Mann scored 22 points and Dwayne Bacon added 17 as No. 12 Florida State defeated No. 21 Virginia Tech 93-78 on Saturday.
It is the first time since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference that the Seminoles have won their first three league games. FSU, which has won 11 straight, improved to 15-1, which matches it with the 1988-89 team for best start in school history thru 16 games.
Chris Clarke led the Hokies with 22 points while Zach LeDay and Ahmed Hill added 19 apiece.
Virginia Tech (12-3, 1-2 ACC) scored the first six points and led for the first 10 minutes before the Seminoles went on an 11-2 run. Bacon, who has scored in double figures in 25 straight games, had two layups and Mann capped the run with a 3-pointer to give them a 27-22 lead with 8:06 remaining.
The Seminoles led 48-37 at halftime and would be up by as many as 19 (74-55) with 8:12 remaining.
Virginia Tech: This was the second straight game where the Hokies found themselves trailing by double digits at halftime. They trailed by 25 on Wednesday at NC State and by 11 against FSU. The Hokies combined for 17 turnovers in both games with 11 coming off opponents steals.
Florida State: The bench continues to show why the Seminoles might be one of the deepest teams in college basketball. Six players saw 7-plus minutes including Jarquez Smith (12 points) and PJ Savoy (11 points including three 3-pointers).
Virginia Tech guard Seth Allen missed the game due to concussion symptoms. Allen, who is averaging 10.7 points, was injured during the NC State game. Coach Buzz Williams says he is day-to-day.
The Seminoles could move into the top 10 for the first time since Feb. 22, 1993, after losses earlier in the week by No. 7 West Virginia, No. 9 Louisville and No. 11 Virginia. The Hokies, who entered the rankings for the first time in six years this week, are likely to find themselves out of the poll with two double-digit defeats.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies, who have won five straight conference games at home, begin a three-game home stand on Tuesday against Syracuse.
Florida State: The Seminoles host No. 8 Duke on Tuesday. FSU has dropped its last four against the Blue Devils.