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FSU comes back in second half to beat upset-minded FAU

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The FSU Seminoles spent most of the afternoon staring an upset in the face in the Orange Bowl Classic. In the end, they made it look the other way.

FSU rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat Florida Atlantic, 64-59.

FAU, 2-9 on the season, scored the game’s first six points and led 11-3 and 17-8. It was 35-23 at the half. But the Owls scored only 24 in the second half.

It was 44-33 early in the second half. However, FSU tied the game at 44 on a three-point shot by Xavier Rathan-Mayes, then took the lead on a dunk by Malik Beasley. Beasley had another dunk at 2:25 to give FSU a 58-56 lead.

Guard Dwayne Bacon had 23 points off the bench to lead FSU. Rathan-Mayes had 12 and Beasley 11. For FAU, Marquan Botley had 13, Ronald Delph had 12, Jackson Trapp 11 and C.J. Turman had 10.

The win improved FSU’s record to 8-2.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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