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Florida State Seminoles upended at home by Princeton Tigers 75-73 in three overtimes

Princeton’s TJ Bray tries to drive past the defensive effort of Florida State’s Bernard James. The Seminoles lost the school’s first triple-overtime game.

Tallahassee Democrat

Princeton’s TJ Bray tries to drive past the defensive effort of Florida State’s Bernard James. The Seminoles lost the school’s first triple-overtime game.

TALLAHASSEE — After 55 minutes of basketball, Princeton could finally exhale and enjoy the moment.

The Tigers, who held a 17-point lead going into the second half, battled through three overtimes to hold off Florida State 75-73 on Friday night in the Seminoles' first triple-overtime game in program history.

FSU lost for the first time in eight home games this season.

Ian Hummer had 25 points and 15 rebounds for Princeton, and Douglas Davis also had 25 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the third overtime.

"I think it really shows the character of our team," Hummer said. "To come in on the road against a very good ACC team, to withstand a triple overtime, it just shows a lot of character. Hopefully we'll bring that into league play."

For now Princeton (7-7) can savor a victory in one of the longest college games of the season.

The Seminoles (8-5) trailed 27-10 at halftime but stormed back to tie the score at 47 and force overtime.

Florida State and Princeton had opportunities to win in the first two overtimes.

The Seminoles' Bernard James missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free-throw attempt with the score tied at 53 with 1.8 seconds left in the first overtime.

Davis missed a 3-pointer at the end of the second overtime for Princeton. Davis played all 55 minutes of the game, and Hummer played 53 minutes.

The Seminoles had two turnovers in the final 42 seconds of the third overtime.

Florida State made just 11 of 22 free-throw attempts and 3-of-10 combined in the three overtime periods. James made just 1 of 6 free-throw attempts in the game.

"To say that we are disappointed would be an understatement," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "And we almost stole a game there at the end that we didn't really deserve."

Denton Koon added seven points and 10 rebounds for Princeton, which made 27 of 65 shots (41.5 percent) from the field.

FSU's Michael Snaer scored 20 on 8 of 16 shooting, with all those points coming after a scoreless first half. Ian Miller added 17 points for Florida State.

The Seminoles' 10 first-half points broke the mark for their worst first half in Tallahassee. Florida State shot 4 of 24 from the floor (16.7 percent) and was 0-for-11 from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half.

Princeton 75

FSU 73

3 OT

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