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Miller lifts FSU past Notre Dame 76-74

TALLAHASSEE — Coach Leonard Hamilton didn't call the final play for Ian Miller, but the Florida State senior wasn't giving up the ball with the game on the line.

Miller stood at the top of the key with the final moments melting away in a tie game with Notre Dame before driving into the teeth of the zone defense and putting up a floater in the lane.

Ballgame.

Miller hit the hop-step floater with four seconds left to give the Seminoles a 76-74 win against Notre Dame in their first meeting as Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.

"Whenever that time comes, you've just got to be ready and embrace it and stay calm, don't panic," Miller said. "If I would have missed, I would have been too (upset). We work on that every day.

"Coach says I'm his best offensive player. Basically I just want Coach to give it to me. Live and die with me. Congrats to Coach Ham."

Aaron Thomas scored 20 in his first start of the season for FSU. Miller had 11 points, and former Clearwater High standout Okaro White had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

White didn't start for the first time all season. He was reprimanded by the ACC for conduct at the end of a loss at Virginia.

Eric Atkins led Notre Dame with 24 points, and Garrick Sherman added 21 points and 10 rebounds.

FSU was shooting 58 percent and had a 10-point lead with 7:55 left but couldn't get stops to put it away. Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton hit a layup with 34 seconds left to tie it at 74.

The Seminoles took a timeout and left Miller isolated at the top of the key while the Irish sat in a zone. Miller passed the ball twice then got it right back, driving toward the basket and flipping up a floater.

"He hit a tough shot," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "You've got to give a really good player a lot of credit for knocking down a big shot at a key time."

The Seminoles (13-5, 4-2) have won eight of 10, with both losses to Virginia. Notre Dame (11-8, 2-4) is 1-4 since upsetting Duke.

Miller lifts FSU past Notre Dame 76-74 01/21/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:51pm]
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