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Florida State Seminoles beat Miami Hurricanes in ACC tournament quarterfinal

ATLANTA — Florida State fans chanted and chopped in the final minute as the No. 17 Seminoles beat Miami 82-71 late Friday night in the ACC tournament quarterfinals.

Michael Snaer scored 20 and Ian Miller 18 to lead FSU (22-9) into today's semifinals against No. 6 Duke. The teams split the regular-season series, each winning on the road.

FSU lost in the ACC quarterfinals the past two years after falling in the 2009 final in Atlanta.

Miami was without its leading scorer, Durand Scott. The university declared the guard, averaging 12.9 points, ineligible before the game for receiving impermissible benefits. It is seeking Scott's reinstatement from the NCAA. The school did not disclose details in a statement it released.

While the Seminoles are hoping to improve their seed in the NCAA Tournament, Miami is unsure where it stands with the selection committee and if Scott would be eligible for the tournament.

FSU fans had a suggestion for Miami, chanting "NIT, NIT" in the final seconds.

Even with Scott, the Hurricanes (19-12) didn't light up the scoreboard in Thursday's 54-36 win over Georgia Tech, when he scored 11.

Miami couldn't get it going in the first half against the Seminoles' man-to-man defense. It made only 9 of 32 shots (28.1 percent) in the first 20 minutes. FSU led 37-26 at halftime after making seven 3-pointers in the half.

A three-point play by Bernard James gave FSU a 60-52 lead, but Miami closed the gap to three on a 3-pointer by Malcolm Grant followed by baskets by Rion Brown — who started for Scott — and Kenny Kadji.

Miller's short jumper ended Miami's run and helped the Seminoles push the lead to 11 at 70-59.

Grant led Miami with 19 points, and Shane Larkin scored 16.

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