Monday, May 28, 2018
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FSU wins at Miami

CORAL GABLES — Florida State scored 13 consecutive points over the final four minutes Wednesday night to pull away from Miami 63-53.

The Hurricanes missed six shots in a row and went 3½ minutes without a point during the decisive stretch. The Seminoles made their final six shots and went 8-for-8 from the line down the stretch.

FSU (12-4, 3-1 ACC) won its third in a row and pulled into a tie with Virginia and Clemson for second place in the conference. Syracuse and Pittsburgh lead at 4-0.

Miami (9-7, 1-3) has already matched its loss total in the conference from last season.

The 14th and final lead change came when former Clearwater High standout Okaro White's two free throws put FSU ahead to stay, 52-51. Garrius Adams then blew a dunk for the Hurricanes, their last chance to regain the lead.

"The main thing is our guys kept executing and didn't panic," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. 'We kept moving the ball and made the extra pass."

Ian Miller's 3-pointer made it 57-51, and he added two free throws in the final minute.

In five of the Hurricanes' losses, they have led late in the second half.

FSU went 14-for-17 from the line, while Miami went 2-for-6.

Miami's Donnavan Kirk scored a career-high 21, and Rion Brown also had 21. Kirk beat the first-half buzzer with a basket for a 28-24 lead. Brown's back-to-back 3-pointers gave the Hurricanes their largest lead at 43-38 midway in the second half.

There were no fastbreak points, reflecting the methodical pace with both teams playing stingy zones.

"It was a really hard-fought defensive battle in the first half," Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. "In the second half our defense was very inactive, the opposite of the way it was in the first half.''

FSU has won eight of its past 11 meetings against Miami.

The Seminoles visit Virginia at noon on Saturday, then play host to Notre Dame at 8 p.m. Tuesday. It will be Notre Dame's first appearance in Tallahassee.

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