FSU beats Northeastern on last-second shot

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — When he glanced at the field for the four-day Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said he anticipated getting three tough games.

After coming up short in the semifinals in an overtime loss to Michigan, the Seminoles ended their stay in San Juan with probably the most dramatic finish of the tournament.

Devon Bookert hit a 10-foot fadeaway jumper off a missed layup with 0.5 seconds left to give FSU a dramatic 62-60 win over Northeastern in the third-place game Sunday.

Northeastern's Scott Eatherton got off a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer, but it bounced off the backboard.

"I thought for most of the game Northeastern outplayed us," Hamilton said. "We were very fortunate to win the game. At the end these are the kind of games you look back at the end of the season and say, 'Wow.'

"(Northeastern) is a tremendous team, they're gonna give a lot of teams a lot of problems."

Aaron Thomas had 16 points to lead the Seminoles (5-1), who took their first lead with just less than 14 minutes left, then had to fight several final charges by the Huskies (2-4).

"It wasn't as much about what we did do or they didn't do," Hamilton said. "Whoever had the ball at the end was gonna have a chance to win it."

The Seminoles shot 38 percent and said Eatherton's presence in the middle forced them to go with smaller lineups to maximize their quickness. They had to sacrifice inside, though, and Eatherton finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

Despite the loss, Eatherton said he was encouraged. "I think we realized how good we can actually be playing against this competition and being able to compete," he said. "If we have that effort, no matter who we compete against I think we can be a really good team."

FSU beats Northeastern on last-second shot 11/24/13 [Last modified: Sunday, November 24, 2013 9:09pm]

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