TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Ticker) -- Tim Pickett dominated in the second half to help Florida State pull off another upset.
Pickett scored 25 of his career-high 33 points in the second half as Florida State posted an 81-65 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over No. 16 Georgia Tech, its fourth win over a ranked opponent this season.
"When he gets going, there's not too much anybody can do," Seminoles guard Nate Johnson said of Pickett. "He can get his shot off against anybody. When we need a bucket, we'll run something to get him the ball."
"He's a tremendous scorer, a tough shot-maker," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "If you've seen him before, you know he's more than capable of knocking down those shots."
Florida State (16-6, 4-4 ACC) used a 17-2 run in the second half to build a 73-56 lead with 4:08 left, holding the Yellow Jackets scoreless for seven minutes.
"We just tried to make them do things they don't want to do," Pickett said.
The Seminoles had not defeated four top-25 opponents in the same season since 1996-97. This already is their highest win total in six years.
Isma'il Muhammad scored 14 points to lead Georgia Tech (16-5, 4-4), which has lost two in a row to fall into a fourth-place tie with Florida State in the ACC.
Georgia Tech shot 56 percent (14-of-25) in the first half and held Florida State to 41 percent (13-of-32) shooting to build a 35-33 advantage at the break.
But the Seminoles roared back behind Pickett's scoring and solid defense, holding the Yellow Jackets to 41 percent (13-of-32) shooting in the second half. Pickett was 7-of-8 from the field and 7-of-7 from the free-throw line after intermission.
"I think the coach needs to tell (Pickett) an hour earlier that the game has started so he can come out and play like that the first half," Florida State forward Michael Joiner said. "He's a different person out there."
Florida State has won two in a row against the Yellow Jackets. It was their first victory over a nationally ranked Georgia Tech team in a decade.