On the subsequent Jackets possession, freshman Brian Oliver, who finished with a career-high 20 points, missed a 3-point attempt, only to have the ball come back to him after an offensive rebound. Oliver pulled up for another 3, but Hewitt called for a timeout before the shot dropped through the hoop.
“That was heartbreaking, because when I missed the first one, I said, ‘You know what, I know exactly what I did wrong on that, so if I get another chance, I’m going to make it,’” said Oliver, who made 6 of 13 shots from beyond the arc. “And then when I made it, it was a timeout called. But sometimes that’s just how the game goes.”
Tech’s leading scorer, junior Nani Lawal, was held to just 1-of-5 shooting from the floor, and finished with five points. Lawal, who came into the game averaging 15.3 points per game, has scored only two field goals in two games this season against FSU.
Derrick Favors and Iman Shumpert each scored 10 points for the Yellow Jackets, who shot 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from the field, 40.9 percent from 3-point range.
Former Dunwoody High standout Chris Singleton topped the Seminoles (15-4, 3-2 ACC) with a career-high 23 points and seven rebounds.
“A small forward his size, and (with) his ability to put the ball on the floor, he can be a matchup problem,” Hewitt said of Singleton. “Obviously, for him, it was a great afternoon for him.”
The Yellow Jackets will attempt to bounce back Thursday, when they host Wake Forest at 7 p.m.