Florida St. beats Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 69-48


Published: Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 7:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 7:01 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Toney Douglas scored 17 points and Derwin Kitchen added 13 as Florida State beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 69-48 on Saturday.

The Seminoles (13-2) closed the game by outscoring the Islanders 29-14 over the final 11 minutes. Florida State opened the door for the comeback by missing 13 of its first 15 shots in the second, but the Seminoles were 12 of 18 from the floor in their decisive run.

The game-clinching run came after the Islanders (6-8) cut a 12-point halftime deficit to 40-34 on Kevin Palmer's jumper with 11:15 remaining.

Palmer led all scorers with 21 points. Demond Watt added 10 points for the Islanders.

The Islanders, who upset Florida State 70-67 in 2004, had 21 turnovers. The Seminoles converted those miscues into 21 points, including a 20-4 advantage in fast break points.

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