FSU's stifling defense keys 71-66 win vs. Pitt - NBC Sports

FSU's stifling defense keys 71-66 win vs. Pitt
Pittsburgh's Lamar Patterson (21) shoots in front of Florida State's Ian Miller, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
February 23, 2014, 8:28 pm

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) Okaro White scored 22 points and Florida State played stifling defense to beat Pittsburgh 71-66 on Sunday.

Ian Miller added 19 points and Aaron Thomas 14 for the Seminoles (16-11, 7-8 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won two of their past three.

Lamar Patterson led Pitt (20-7, 8-6) with 22 points. The Panthers have lost three in a row and five of their past seven. They are in danger of falling out of contention for the NCAA tournament after winning 15 of 16 games to start the season.

Florida State led 37-31 at halftime. After making 13 of 24 shots in the first half, the Seminoles started the second half 1 for 11 from the field and went 7 1/2 minutes without a field goal. Despite those struggles, Florida State never lost the lead.

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