Wolverines Bow Out Of N-I-T

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Toney Douglas and Isaiah Swann scored 15 points apiece and Florida State defeated Michigan 87-66 Thursday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.
Florida State (22-12) will meet the winner of Saturday's Mississippi State-Bradley game in an NIT quarterfinal Tuesday.
Florida State hit 11 of its last 14 shots in the first half, closing with a 33-14 spurt for a 41-30 lead at the break. The Seminoles maintained their double-digit advantage throughout the second half, leading by as many as 22 points on four occasions.
Michigan took an early 16-8 lead, but Douglas and Swann each scored six points that sparked a 20-7 run to put Florida State ahead 28-23.
Dion Harris scored 15 points, Lester Abram 14 and Courtney Sims 11 for the Wolverines (22-13).
Six players finished in double figures for Florida State. Jason Rich, Uche Echefu and Al Thornton, the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer during the season, scored 11 points each and Casaan Breeden added 10.
Thornton now has 674 points for the season, 68 shy of Jim Oler's school record set in the 1955-56 season.
Swann shot 6-for-9, including 3-of-5 on 3-pointers, and had a game-high six assists.
After scoring just eight points on 3-for-12 shooting in the first 9 minutes, Florida State finished at 59.3 percent for the game while Michigan shot 41.7 percent and committed 21 turnovers.
The two schools met only time previously, in the NIT title game 10 years ago when Robert Traylor's 26 points and 13 rebounds sparked the Wolverines to an 82-73 victory


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