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Florida State Seminoles top Maryland at ACC tourney

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Boris Bojanovsky dunked Maryland right out of the ACC.

Florida State's 7-foot-3 sophomore took a pass from Okaro White and dunked with 0.4 seconds left to lift the Seminoles past the Terrapins 67-65 in Thursday's second round of the ACC tournament, ending Maryland's six-decade tenure with the league it helped create.

Bojanovsky capped a tense final two minutes, when Maryland came back from an 11-point deficit and twice tied it. But the ninth-seeded Seminoles (19-12) advanced to today's game against top-seeded Virginia while marking the Terrapins' final league game, Maryland heads for the Big Ten this summer.

"It might be historical to some other people, but it meant very little to us," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We just wanted to go win. It was a very important game for us in terms of where we are."

FSU is on the bubble for an NCAA Tournament berth.

Bojanovsky had 12 points and a career-best 12 rebounds. He made two free throws with 36.2 seconds left after Maryland tied it at 63 on Jake Layman's transition dunk with 1:49 left.

After Dez Wells hit two free throws with 15.1 seconds left to tie it again, Ian Miller's pass into the post for White was deflected. White, a former Clearwater High standout, bounced the ball to Bojanovsky on the left block.

"I had to go reach and catch it like (NFL receiver) Calvin Johnson," White said. "There was a double (team) when I caught it, so I knew Boris had to be open on that back side. And I almost gave him too low of a pass to be a 7-3 guy, but he reached down and grabbed it and went up strong."

Bojanovsky dunked through contact from Maryland's Jonathan Graham.

"I mean, it was a great feeling," Bojanovsky said. "It was an important game for us, so I was really happy."

Wells' desperation heave at the horn wasn't close, sealing a one-and-done final tournament appearance for the eighth-seeded Terrapins.

Miller had 17 points to lead the Seminoles, who shot 48 percent for the game and 54 percent after halftime.

Wells and Seth Allen each scored 18 to lead Maryland (17-15), which was one of the seven charter members when the ACC formed in May 1953. The Terrapins won three tournament titles, the last coming a decade ago in Greensboro.

"We competed. We knew what it meant to our people," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We're going to miss it. It's a great league, great coaches. We're going to miss Greensboro. It was a great tournament, well run. We're going to miss that part of it. But the good thing is we're going to another great league, great coaches, great tournament."

Maryland officially joins the Big Ten on July 1, with Louisville arriving from the American Athletic Conference to take its place.

The Terrapins closed the regular season with an overtime upset of Virginia. But they had to play this one without 11-point scorer Evan Smotrycz due to back spasms that had kept him out of two days of practice. Turgeon said he expected the 6-9 junior to play until finding out otherwise about 40 minutes before tipoff.

Florida State Seminoles top Maryland at ACC tourney 03/13/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:16pm]
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