BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Bernard James had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Florida State survived a furious comeback by Virginia Tech to win 63-59 on Tuesday night.
Ian Miller added 15 points for the Seminoles (10-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who rebounded from a 20-point loss at Clemson in their ACC opener.
The Hokies (11-5, 0-2) lost their first two games in league play for the first time since the 2005-06 season. They trailed most of the game against the Seminoles’ ACC-best field goal defense before rallying behind Erick Green, who scored 19 of his 21 after halftime.
In the closing minutes, James had two huge putback dunks and Okaro White hit a pair of clinching free throws with 5.5 seconds to play.
The Seminoles limited Virginia Tech to 30.5 percent shooting and had 15 blocks.