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Gray scores 19 but FSU lethargic in loss at GT

RaiQuan Gray scored 19 points, matching his career high, and pulled down eight rebounds. But the rest of the Florida State basketball team struggled on the road.

No. 16 FSU committed a season-high 20 turnovers, shot 3 of 14 from 3-point range and lacked energy early in a 76-65 loss at Georgia Tech. The Seminoles’ five-game win streak was halted.

“Our offensive execution was probably as poor as it had been all year,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “I thought we over-dribbled. We didn’t get the normal kick-out 3s, the normal ball reversals. We were not nearly as sharp on the offensive end.”

Moses Wright scored 23 points and Jose Alvarado added 21 points for the Yellow Jackets, who used just seven players and repeatedly got the Seminoles in foul trouble. M.J. Walker fouled out with eight points on 3 of 5 shooting along with one rebound and one assist in what is his last game near his hometown of Jonesboro, Ga.

Outside of Gray, who shot 7 of 10 from the floor, the rest of the Seminoles were 17 of 46 (36.9 percent). Gray led FSU with eight rebounds but the taller Seminoles only outrebounded shorter GT 37-31.

The Seminoles trailed for the first time at the half, 33-26, as GT finished the first 20 minutes on an 11-1 run. FSU never recovered.

“I think we shot ourselves in the foot,” Gray said. “We let the turnovers early affect our aggression.”

And the Seminoles even struggled at the free-throw line, a recent area of success, making just 14 of 23 (60.9 percent).

“The bottom line is we just got outplayed,” Hamilton said. “We have the depth, we have the energy, we have the athletes and we have the skills. Today we just came up short. Our offensive execution really, I thought, was so poor that it spilled over and kind of drained us on the defensive end.”

For the FSU-GT box score in PDF format, click here.