TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Ticker) -- No. 25 Maryland withstood Florida State's first run. The second one was a different story.
Alexander Johnson scored 14 points as the Seminoles took advantage of the Terrapins' sloppiness for a 79-75 victory in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools.
Florida State (11-1, 1-0 ACC) opened the game with an 18-4 run, forcing five turnovers in the first five minutes. Maryland recovered from the early deficit, but its ballhandling problems continued.
Nik Caner-Medley's basket gave Maryland (7-3, 0-1) a 56-51 advantage with more than 10 minutes remaining. Johnson scored six points in an 11-0 tear as Florida State took control, opening a 62-56 edge with 7:42 remaining.
Two free throws by Anthony Richardson made it 67-58 with 6:17 left before Florida State survived a frantic finish.
The Seminoles used the same formula in their second-half run by repeatedly turning over the Terrapins as Tim Pickett - who had all 13 points after halftime - and freshman Von Wafer shined in transition.
Maryland committed a season-high 24 turnovers, including six by point guard John Gilchrist.
The Terrapins had a six-game winning streak in Tallahassee halted. Maryland had taken 15 of the previous 16 matchups with Florida State.
Johnson and Wafer led a strong effort from Florida State's bench, which outscored Maryland's reserves, 35-13. Wafer chipped in 11 points in 18 minutes.
Gilchrist, Caner-Medley and Chris McCray scored 15 points apiece for Maryland, which had a far different result in its second trip to the Sunshine State this month. The Terrapins posted a 69-68 overtime victory at Florida on December 10.
Less than three weeks later, the Terrapins showed their youth with poor free-throw shooting (10-of-18) and an inability to get the ball inside to Jamar Smith, who is averaging 15 points but scored eight. Caner-Medley was the lone Maryland player who had started an ACC game.
Florida State captured its first ACC opener since a 66-64 triumph over Wake Forest in 1999-2000. The Seminoles shot 76 percent (16-of-21) from the line in the second half.