SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — As much as the defeat stung immediately, Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton believes his Seminoles will benefit in the long run from Friday's 82-80 overtime loss to Michigan in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
A night after running past No. 10 VCU in its opening game of the tournament, FSU squandered a 16-point second-half lead to the No. 14 Wolverines in regulation before coming up short in overtime.
Ian Miller had 19 points to lead four Seminoles players in double figures, but he had just three after halftime. Clearwater's Okaro White added 18 points and Montay Brandon chipped in 14 in the Seminoles' first loss of the season.
"We're still a team that's trying to find itself," Hamilton said. "We still have a long way to go. … We'll learn from playing a team that took us down to the wire and played a little better than we did."
Michigan's Nik Stauskas had 26 points, including seven in OT, Derrick Walton added 15 points and Mitch McGary had 14 points and 12 rebounds in his third game back from a back injury.
The Wolverines (4-1) play in Sunday's game against Charlotte, which beat Northeastern 86-77 in the other semifinal.
FSU (4-1) had a chance to win in the final seconds, but a midcourt heave by Aaron Thomas bounced off the backboard.
Michigan came out aggressive in overtime, with Stauskas scoring six of the Wolverines' first eight points. He made one of two free throws with 1:17 to play to put Michigan up 80-77.
The Seminoles misfired on two possessions that could have tied it, and Walton hit two free throws to make it 82-77 with 14.8 seconds left.
Florida State wasn't finished. Miller broke a second-half drought with a 3-pointer that made it 82-80 with five seconds left.
"I think we just didn't want to go home with another loss on our chest. We came together as a team," Walton said. "We stayed together the whole time, and possession after possession we got stops and it paid off at the end."