Darin Green Jr. hits big shots late as FSU stuns Pitt along the way

Darin Green Jr. hits big shots late as FSU stuns Pitt along the way

Florida State built a 10-point lead at halftime and quickly gave it away. But Darin Green Jr. made sure the Seminoles walked out of Pittsburgh with a win.

Green Jr. scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half, drilling 5 of 8 3-point attempts for the game, in FSU’s 71-64 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon. The UCF transfer also had a nice jumper from inside the arc late in the game and has consecutive games with 20 or more points and both have contributed to road wins for the Seminoles.

Matthew Cleveland scored nine of his 11 points in the first half as FSU (7-13, 5-4 ACC) took a 39-29 halftime lead. He added eight rebounds, chipped in and again logged plenty of minutes, but the second-year forward’s streak of eight straight double-doubles came to an end.

The Seminoles shot 25 of 49 (51 percent) and 10 of 20 (50 percent) from 3-point range.

Caleb Mills had 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Baba Miller had five points and three rebounds in 13 minutes. Chandler Jackson had eight points and two rebounds in seven minutes.

FSU also held Pitt to 7-of-28 (25 percent) shooting from 3-point range, though Blake Hinson had 16 points and made 4-of-9 3-pointers. Jamarius Burton scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting for the Panthers (13-7, 6-3).

Green Jr. now has five games of 20 or more points, including a season-high 30 points in a loss to St. John’s. On Tuesday, he helped FSU win at Notre Dame and on Saturday he was a big factor in the win over Pitt.

FSU hosts Miami Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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