TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Al Thornton scored 27 points and
grabbed 12 rebounds Wednesday night as Florida State defeated
Maryland 71-60 to keep its NCAA postseason hopes alive.
Florida State (17-7, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) jumped to an
11-4 lead and stayed in control throughout to hand Maryland a
setback that jeopardizes the Terrapins NCAA postseason hopes.
Thornton's 10 points and eight rebounds led Florida State to a
37-27 halftime lead, although the Seminoles were up by as many as
Maryland (16-10, 6-7) pulled within six at 37-31 early in the
second half, but Thornton keyed 21-7 Florida State run that put the
Seminoles into a 58-38 lead midway through the final half.
The 6-7 Thornton hit 10 of 15 shots from the field and made both
of his 3-point tries. Isaiah Swann joined Thornton in double
figures with 12 points.
Florida State's win was its seventh in league play this season,
its most conference victories in 13 seasons.
Florida State's Alexander Johnson, who had had five double
doubles in his last seven games, played just two minutes in the
first half because of foul trouble but finished with nine points
and seven rebounds.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.