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Seminoles snap Terps' winning streak

COLLEGE PARK - One of Mark Turgeon's themes when talking about his Maryland men's basketball team this season has been a warning of sorts that the Terrapins aren't quite as good as some say.

The coach's words rang true Wednesday.

Maryland was sloppy at the start and overmatched by Florida State in the second half as the Seminoles held on to win 65-62 in front of 14,157 at Comcast Center.

The Terps' 13-game winning streak came to an end, despite a furious rally in the final minute, and Florida State won for the first time inside Comcast, a place that hasn't seen much losing of late.

And the hometown fans almost witnessed their young team's first memorable comeback victory.

Maryland (13-2, 1-1 ACC) trailed by eight points with 1 minute, 7 seconds to go after it led by 12 early in the second half, and nearly stole the game down the stretch. But the Seminoles (10-5, 2-0) sealed the win with a crucial block and calm nerves at the foul line.

Florida State senior guard Michael Snaer, a preseason all-ACC pick, deflected freshman guard Seth Allen's 3-point attempt from the top of the arc as Allen was trying to win the game with two seconds to go and Maryland down 64-62.

Snaer and lanky junior forward Okaro White were two huge reasons why the Seminoles enjoyed their first 2-0 ACC start in school history.

White scored 15 consecutive points in the second half and finished with 20, tying a career high, while Snaer netted 15 and junior Ian Miller pitched in with 12.

Florida State outscored Maryland 38-26 in the second half, a margin that would've been larger if not for the Terps' surge in the final 67 seconds.

Allen and sophomore guard Nick Faust each had 3-pointers and Allen converted a traditional three-point play as well. Faust's 3 with 10.6 seconds remaining cut the deficit to 63-62, but Snaer and White each added a free throw to clinch it.

"They weren't making a lot of jump shots and they just kept trying and trying and trying," Turgeon said. "And then in the end they just had the best player tonight on the floor in Okaro White. We just had no answer for him."

A 14-2 run helped the Seminoles take their first lead of the half with 8:48 to go, when White hit a 12-foot jumper from the right side. That's when the 6-foot-8 junior began his scoring spree, and Maryland became nearly helpless on defense.

"He just crashed our boards and he got like three or four offensive rebounds," said Terps sophomore center Alex Len, who finished with a team-high 15 points and 10 rebounds. "Next time ... we have to box out."

Faust (4 for 6 from 3-point range) scored 14 points and Allen added 13, but he and sophomore guard Dez Wells combined for 10 turnovers and Maryland wound up with 18. Florida State turned them into 13 points and outscored the Terps 28-22 in the paint.

Maryland controlled the glass with 26 first-half rebounds to Florida State's 11, and the Terps grabbed the early lead behind their perimeter success.

Faust and freshman guard Jake Layman combined for three 3-pointers on four possessions early on, and Allen's 3 with the shot clock winding down gave Maryland a 32-22 lead with 2 minutes, 41 seconds remaining in the half.

But the Terps committed 11 turnovers in the half, which helped the Seminoles stay close.

FSU's Miller drained a 3-pointer as time expired and cut Maryland's lead to 37-26, and Turgeon said he knew from the first possession of the second half this one wasn't going to be an easy conference victory, one that would have equaled the longest winning streak in school history.

"I'm disappointed. We didn't play well," Turgeon said. "We were never in sync. We panicked offensively, we panicked as players, we panicked as a coaching staff, trying to figure things out."

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