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Miami ends five-game losing streak in men's basketball against Florida State Seminoles

CORAL GABLES — A close game finally went Miami's way against Florida State, and all it took was season-high point totals from both starting guards.

Jack McClin­ton scored 28 Wednesday night, Lance Hurdle added 16 and Miami snapped a five-game losing streak in the rivalry, 75-69.

The Hurricanes overcame a 12-point first-half deficit, and McClinton hit three free-throws in the final 25 seconds to seal the win, their first against the Seminoles since Jan. 29, 2006.

"It was just a big win," Hurdle said. "We don't worry about the other stuff."

FSU's recent domination of the series included two overtime victories and a three-point win, but Miami coach Frank Haith said he didn't discuss the streak with his players before the game.

"When you do that, you put added pressure on the guys you don't need to put on them," he said.

McClinton and Hurdle combined to shoot 13-for-22 for Miami (14-4, 3-2 ACC). The Hurricanes trailed almost the entire first half but shot 62 percent in the second, including 7 of 16 3-pointers.

"They made some big shots at critical points in the game," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Every time we made a defensive mistake or didn't defend as well as we're capable, they made us pay."

Senior Toney Douglas matched a season high with 30 points for the Seminoles (15-4, 2-2). He was 7-for-14 from 3-point range, but FSU shot only 39 percent overall.

"Toney played like a senior," Hamilton said. "I just don't think we gave him enough help."

Miami 75

FSU 69

Miami ends five-game losing streak in men's basketball against Florida State Seminoles 01/21/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 11:13pm]
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