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FSU basketball loses 71-61 to Minnesota

Clearwater product Okaro White looks to pass under pressure from Minnesota’s Charles Buggs, right, and Maurice Walker.

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Clearwater product Okaro White looks to pass under pressure from Minnesota’s Charles Buggs, right, and Maurice Walker.

MINNEAPOLIS — Andre Hollins had 21 points and Austin Hollins added 16 to lift Minnesota to a 71-61 victory over Florida State on Tuesday night.

The Golden Gophers (7-2) grabbed 13 offensive rebounds against the bigger Seminoles to help them bounce back from a disappointing showing at the Maui Invitational. The Gophers turned the ball over only six times and hit seven 3-pointers to overcome 34 percent shooting.

Former Clearwater High standout Okaro White had 16 points and eight rebounds and Ian Miller added 16 points and seven assists off the bench for the Seminoles (5-3). FSU shot 46.5 percent but had 17 turnovers and missed 10 free throws in a foul-filled game.

There were 67 free throws taken and 52 fouls called.

No other Gophers scored in double figures, but they made 28 of 38 free throws to bounce back after losing to Syracuse and Arkansas and struggling with Chaminade in Maui last week.

The game lacked any discernable flow thanks to the constant whistles, with officials clamping down on the clutching and grabbing that many observers believe is squeezing the life out of the college game. Both teams were in the bonus early in each half. Four players fouled out, two on each side.

The Gophers led 52-42 midway through the second half, overcoming woeful shooting with tough defense and three-point plays from DeAndre Mathieu and Oto Osenieks. The Seminoles didn't even attempt a shot for the first 3:07 of the second half as the turnovers kept coming.

But FSU hung around, hitting the shots it did take and clamping down on defense to cut it to 57-53 on a lob from Miller to White with less than six minutes left.

Clinging to a four-point lead with less than two minutes left, the 5-foot-9 Mathieu went right at 7-foot-3 Boris Bojanovsky and scored with a windmill layup that helped the Gophers hold off FSU. It was the only field goal in the last six minutes of the game for either side.

The Seminoles have high hopes for this season, which appeared to be validated with a convincing victory over VCU and narrow losses to Michigan and Florida late last month. They're physical, fast in the open court and have a pair of post players in Bojanovsky and Michael Oto who are over 7 feet tall.

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FSU basketball loses 71-61 to Minnesota 12/03/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:31am]
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