AUBURN, Ala. — Frankie Sullivan scored 24 and Allen Payne added a career-high 17 as Auburn beat Florida State 78-72 in both teams' nonconference finales Wednesday night.
Auburn (6-7) trailed by as many as 12 in the first half before outscoring the Seminoles 21-10 at the end of the first half to cut the deficit to 36-35 by halftime.
"We've kind of dug a hole for ourselves now that is going to create a sense of urgency on every game we play for the remainder of the year," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Even though we had won (four straight), I feel like we are creeping along with our progress as opposed to making significant jumps in our progress."
Michael Snaer had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and sophomore guard Terry Whisnant added 16 points for FSU (8-5). Clearwater High's Okaro White fouled out with eight points and seven rebounds. The Seminoles open ACC play Saturday at Clemson.
Sullivan scored 18 in the first half, keeping the Tigers alive. Payne scored nine in the second half as Auburn took the lead.
"I think I did my part in just carrying us and keeping us in the game in the first half," Sullivan said. "That's what I do. I don't try to score just to be scoring and get my points up. I was hot in the first half, and the team started going in the second half. I tried not to force anything and just let them play.
"I think our bench did exceptionally well. Without our bench, I don't think we would've won."
The Tigers, who avenged an 85-56 loss to FSU in Tallahassee last season, took the lead nearly two minutes into the second half when a Rob Chubb lay-in gave it a 42-40 lead, Auburn's first since 8-7 less than five minutes into the game.
Chubb had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers.
FSU's Aaron Thomas cut the Auburn lead to seven with 2:58 left. The Tigers made 12 of 20 free throws in the final 2:01.
FSU committed 20 turnovers and shot a season-low 46 percent from the line.