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Seminoles Top Cougars, 66-61
Uche Echefu attempts a first-half shot as College of Charleston's Jermaine Johnson defends in Tallahassee, Fla.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)

Uche Echefu attempts a first-half shot as College of Charleston's Jermaine Johnson defends in Tallahassee, Fla.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)

Dec. 18, 2007

Coach Hamilton Postgame Press Conference Podcast - FSU vs. College of Charleston

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Uche Echefu scored 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds as Florida State came from behind for a 66-61 win over College of Charleston on Tuesday.

College of Charleston had the ball and a one point lead with 51 seconds left in the game, but Seminole point guard Toney Douglas stole an inbound pass and his ensuing lay-up gave the Seminoles a 62-61 advantage.

Echefu came up with a loose ball as the Cougars tried to bring the ball back into play, and was fouled. He made both free throws to give the Seminoles a 64-61 lead with 46 seconds to play.

Florida State forward Jason Rich deflected Tony White Jr.'s shot attempt, and Ralph Mims sealed the win with two free throws for Florida State.

Echefu was 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Mims added 15 points, and Rich and Douglas both finished with 13 for the Seminoles (10-3).

College of Charleston (4-5) led by as many as 12 points in the second half, but the Seminoles slowly chipped away at the lead. White finished with a team high 17 points and Marcus Hammond added 12.

Jermaine Johnson scored 10 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. The Seminoles had 10 first half turnovers and trailed 37-30 at halftime.

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