Florida State missed early and often at and around the rim. The 3-pointers didn’t hit either.
On a day when opportunities were there for the Seminoles, chances to knock off one of the ACC’s co-leaders, they instead fell short.
Jalen Warley scored a career-high 23 points on 9 of 11 shooting but Pitt was too much down the stretch in taking an 83-75 win on Saturday afternoon.
Caleb Mills had a sluggish start but finished with 16 points on 4 of 10 shooting and was 7 of 8 from the free-throw line. Cam Corhen fouled out with 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting.
FSU (8-18, 6-9 ACC) has dropped five of six games, although those include losses to four of the five best teams in the league’s standings entering Saturday. The Seminoles will be miserable reviewing the film of the Pitt game as they missed chances to pull off the upset.
Part of the reasoning is the similar issues as prior games: FSU shot just 5 of 21 (23.8 percent) from 3-point range, including a number of open looks. Still, Mills’ 3-pointer with 5:47 to go cut the lead to just one before Pitt responded with a pair of layups to extend the lead. FSU also went cold for a three-minute stretch late in the game and fell behind.
A few of the Seminoles’ scoring leaders couldn’t offer much production as Matthew Cleveland (six points on 2 of 8 shooting) and Darin Green Jr. (nine points on 3 of 12 shooting) struggled. Instead it was Warley and a freshman who kept the Seminoles in it. Cameron Corhen had 13 points, the ninth time he has scored in double figures this season.
Pitt’s stars delivered. Blake Hinson had 19 points, while Jamarius Burton added 19 points (each scored slightly above their 15-point average).
The Panthers improved to 18-10, 11-3 ACC.
FSU will play at Clemson on Wednesday at 7 p.m.