Dec. 25, 2010
HONOLULU - Derwin Kitchen scored 19 points and Chris Singleton added 17 and 10 rebounds in Florida State's 68-61 victory Saturday over No. 15 Baylor in the third-place game of the Diamond Head Classic.
Bernard James had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Seminoles (11-3), who played on Christmas for the first time and recorded their first win over a ranked team this season.
It was a disappointing trip for the Bears (8-3), who dropped two straight in Hawaii and three since last Saturday after reaching No. 9, the highest ranking in school history.
Florida State's scrappy defense and strong play in the middle kept Baylor off-balance. The Seminoles held the Bears to 33 percent shooting.
LaceDarius Dunn led Baylor with 23 points but missed two key free throws down the stretch.
Singleton scored six straight during an 8-0, second-half run to give Florida State a 45-35 lead. He added a late 3-pointer to help the Seminoles hold off the Bears.
Trailing 20-11, Florida State stepped up its defense and went on a 26-13 run behind James' nine points to take a 37-33 halftime lead. Florida State is 9-0 when leading at halftime.
Michael Snaer's 3 made it 29-28, the Seminoles' first lead since it was 5-4.
The Bears trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half, but kept clawing back.
James' two inside baskets, including an alley-oop dunk off a feed from Kitchen pushed the lead to 59-55 with 4:38 left. After FSU tied it 59-59 on Dunn's layup, Singleton made a wide-open 3 from the left corner, and Kitchen hit a pair of free throws to make it 64-59 with 2:04 remaining.
Florida State missed three late free throws, including two by Dunn with 41 seconds left. Dunn entered the game as an 88 percent free throw shooter.
Quincy Acy, who had 16 points and five rebounds, was fouled on his layup that cut the lead to 64-61 with 26 seconds left but missed the free throw. That was as close as the Bears got.
The Seminoles outscored the Bears 28-18 in the paint and had a 43-35 rebounding advantage.
Florida State beat host Hawaii in the opener and lost to Butler 67-64 in the semifinals on Thursday. Baylor defeated San Diego in the opening round and lost to Washington State 77-71 in the semifinals.