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Douglas carries Florida State past Virginia Tech

Mar 8, 2009 - 8:15 PM TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Ticker) -- Toney Douglas put another major dent in Virginia Tech's fading NCAA Tournament hopes.

Douglas scored 22 points to help No. 24 Florida State pull away for a 63-53 victory over the Hokies in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Sunday.

Florida State (23-8, 10-6 ACC) registered 10 conference wins for the first time since the 1992-92 season behind Douglas, who single-handedly repelled a late comeback by Virginia Tech.

The Hokies (17-13, 7-9) ended the regular season on a downward spiral, with Sunday's loss marking their sixth defeat in the last seven games.

Playing with the urgency of a desperate team, Virginia Tech whittled a 14-point lead to 45-42 with just under 7 1/2 minutes to play.

Enter Douglas, who buried a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, igniting a spree in which he scored 12 points in just over four minutes to build the lead back to 59-49 with three minutes to play.

A.J. Vassallo and Malcolm Delaney scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Hokies, who shot a miserable 31 percent (16-of-50) from the floor and 5-of-21 from the arc.

The Seminoles, who led by as many as 14 points in the first half, clinched at least fourth place in the ACC, earning a bye in next week's conference tournament.