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College basketball: Florida State Seminoles hold off Miami Hurricanes 61-60

CORAL GABLES — Luke Loucks didn't allow Miami much time to celebrate its first lead.

Loucks' 3-pointer with 1:52 left put Florida State back ahead for good in the Seminoles' 61-60 victory over the Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon.

Miami had taken its first lead of the game on Durand Scott's driving layup with 2:04 left, capping a 12-0 rally that erased a 10-point deficit with 5:32 left.

"When they started on that run, I just kept thinking somebody has to step up and make a shot," said Loucks, the former Clearwater High standout. "I give them credit. They played well down the stretch."

The Hurricanes had three opportunities to retake the lead, including Scott's off-balance, running jumper at the buzzer.

"I was hoping I had enough time to get to the basket but my coach was like, 'Shoot,' and I just tried to get it up as soon as possible," Scott said.

Loucks and Deividas Dulkys had 13 points each off the bench to lead the Seminoles (22-8, 10-6 ACC). Scott had 14 points for Miami (18-15, 4-12) .

"We didn't play as well as we should have," Loucks said. "But a win is a win no matter how ugly it is."

With the Seminoles starters struggling offensively, Loucks and Dulkys picked up the load. Ryan Reid was the only FSU starter in double figures with 10 points.

"We played a lot of kids early in the season, and I said I didn't think that there was that much separation between several of our players," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Hopefully, we're the kind of team that will continue to keep winning games by committee."

FSU finished the regular season with five wins in six games. The Seminoles also swept the season series against Miami for the third time in four years.

"It's hard to beat teams on the road no matter what place they are in the conference," Loucks said. "We're going to build off this, go to the ACC tournament and hopefully make a good run."

FSU 61

Miami 60

College basketball: Florida State Seminoles hold off Miami Hurricanes 61-60 03/06/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 6, 2010 7:31pm]
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