Saturday, April 21, 2018
Colleges

Florida State beats Miami in OT despite 17 Hurricanes 3-pointers

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton and Miami’s Jim Larranaga both have at least 33 years of college basketball coaching experience under their belts.

Both might have experienced a first during their matchup Saturday.

FSU and Miami needed a few extra minutes to settle their sharpshooting affair, which saw the Seminoles overcome 17 3–pointers by the Hurricanes to edge out a 103-94 overtime victory in front of 11,675 at the Tucker Center.

"That does seem like a lot, doesn’t it?" said Larranaga after his team made 17 of 34 3s and shot 50 percent overall.

Hamilton doesn’t have to think too far back to recall escaping with a victory against a team with a torrid shooting performance. About a year ago, the Seminoles beat a Notre Dame team that made 15 of 21 3s.

This time, FSU led for most of the contest until the Hurricanes tied the score in the final minute. The young Seminoles relied on their developing resilience to even the season series with their heated in-state rival.

Senior forward Phil Cofer led FSU with 21 points, senior guard Braian Angola had 18 and Cofer and junior forward Terance Mann each had pivotal defensive stops at the rim in the final minute to propel the Seminoles (16-5, 5-4 ACC).

Hamilton said his players repeatedly told each other "we’re not going to lose this game" during timeout huddles. FSU’s persistence, combined with a stellar shooting performance of its own, proved to be the difference.

"Just everybody being so confident in each other, knowing we’re not going to lose," Mann said. "We said it, and believed it."

Added Cofer: "Everybody was saying ‘we got to get this. We got to get this.’ We were locked in."

Point guard CJ Walker added 17 points and Mann, FSU’s leading scorer, overcame a slow start to finish with 14 for the Seminoles, who avenged an 80-74 loss at Miami on Jan. 7.

FSU led almost all game after the first 1:25 until UM forward Dewan Huell tied it at 83 with a dunk in the final minute of regulation.

Standout freshman Lonnie Walker IV, who led the Hurricanes (15-5, 4-4) with 23 points before fouling out in the final seconds of overtime, missed a potential winning jumper in the final seconds of regulation.

"I was getting ready to call a timeout and the players waved me off and felt like they had a great option," Larranaga said of Walker’s miss. "I didn’t know what they were thinking but I trust them. … He got a great shot but it was a little bit short. It looked good when it left his hands."

Comments
Report: Florida Gators’ Cece Jefferson out four months after shoulder surgery

Report: Florida Gators’ Cece Jefferson out four months after shoulder surgery

Florida Gators defensive lineman Cece Jefferson will be out four months after having surgery on his right shoulder earlier this week, according to a report Wednesday evening from the Gainesville Sun.Jefferson, a 6-foot-1, 242-pound senior, injured th...
Published: 04/18/18
Florida has signed 15 quarterbacks since Tim Tebow. 10 have transferred

Florida has signed 15 quarterbacks since Tim Tebow. 10 have transferred

Tuesday evening's news that quarterback Jake Allen plans to transfer from the Florida Gators isn't a surprise.Allen, a former three-star recruit in 2017, was fourth on the depth chart. The St. Thomas Aquinas product didn't seem to fit new coach ...
Published: 04/18/18
Auden Tate will be the third FSU receiver drafted in 11 years. Why so few?

Auden Tate will be the third FSU receiver drafted in 11 years. Why so few?

When former Wharton High star Auden Tate hears his name called sometime next week, he'll join a surprisingly small group.Recent Florida State receivers drafted into the NFL.Over the past decade, only two Seminoles receivers have been drafted: Rashad ...
Published: 04/18/18
Police suspected FSU’s Deondre Francois intended to sell marijuana

Police suspected FSU’s Deondre Francois intended to sell marijuana

Tallahassee police suspected Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois possessed marijuana with the intent to sell it when they executed a search warrant on his home last week, according to an affidavit.The case — which culminated Thursda...
Published: 04/17/18
Florida State takes over No. 1 spot in 2019 recruiting rankings

Florida State takes over No. 1 spot in 2019 recruiting rankings

Even as Florida State was finishing its first recruiting class under Willie Taggart, the Seminoles were already talking about what they could do in the new staff's first full cycle, for 2019."I can only imagine having a year here to be able to recrui...
Published: 04/17/18
Former five-star back Khalan Laborn rejuvenated after FSU coaching change

Former five-star back Khalan Laborn rejuvenated after FSU coaching change

TALLAHASSEE – Florida State running back Khalan Laborn's breakout 140-yard output in Saturday night's spring game was a sign of what could be for the former blue-chip recruit.It was also a reminder of what almost wasn't for the Seminoles.With a...
Published: 04/16/18
New Orlando football team will welcome Steve Spurrier on Tuesday night

New Orlando football team will welcome Steve Spurrier on Tuesday night

Steve Spurrier will make one of his first appearances in his new role with the Alliance of American Football tomorrow in Orlando.The league will welcome Spurrier as the coach of its Orlando team at an event at Ember (42 W Central Blvd.) at an event f...
Published: 04/16/18
Five takeaways from Florida State’s spring football game

Five takeaways from Florida State’s spring football game

TALLAHASSEE – Judging by the crowd for Florida State's spring game on Saturday, Seminoles fans are excited about the dawn of the Willie Taggart era.The official attendance of 53,974 — a new record for a spring game — inclu...
Published: 04/14/18
Five takeaways from the Florida Gators’ spring game

Five takeaways from the Florida Gators’ spring game

GAINESVILLE —It took some time, but the offense scored points in bunches, much to the delight of the 53,015 in attendance at Florida's spring game.And the Gators had fun doing it, pulling out all the stops with gadgets and celebrations that bro...
Published: 04/14/18
FSU quarterback Deondre Francois faces marijuana complaint

FSU quarterback Deondre Francois faces marijuana complaint

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois agreed to a pre-arrest diversion program after police found 17 grams of a cannabis/tobacco blend in his bedroom Thursday afternoon.The Tallahassee Police Department previously received a report of drug activ...
Published: 04/13/18