UM fights off FSU comeback

Miami guard Chris Lykes (2) shoots against Florida State center Ike Obiagu (12) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami defeated Florida State 80-74. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami guard Chris Lykes (2) shoots against Florida State center Ike Obiagu (12) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami defeated Florida State 80-74. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Published January 7
Updated January 7

CORAL GABLES — Not even a smack in the nose could stop 5-foot-7 Miami guard Chris Lykes against Florida State.

The freshman dynamo scored a season-high 18 and shook off an accidental blow to the face, helping the No. 15 Hurricanes withstand a late rally from the No. 24 Seminoles to win 80-74 Sunday.

Lykes took a shot — with no foul called — as he drove for a layup midway through the second half. Dazed, he didn’t even see his shot go in.

"I just heard the crowd," he said. "I got hit in my nose, and I couldn’t breathe through my nose for a minute."

He quickly went to the dressing room accompanied by a trainer but was back in the game moments later. His jumper to beat the shot clock with four minutes left slowed FSU’s comeback.

Lykes finished 6-of-10 from the field, including two 3-pointers and baskets on two acrobatic drives.

"I told everybody before the season, don’t sleep on him," teammate Bruce Brown said. "He does it in practice. I knew it was a matter of time before he did it in a game."

Brown scored a season-high 23 and Dewan Huell had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Hurricanes, who took the lead for good in the early minutes and made 13 of their first 14 shots.

The Hurricanes (13-2, 2-1 ACC) won their first home game since Dec. 5. FSU (12-3, 1-2) lost for the third time in its past six games.

Lykes made two highlight-reel plays in the first half. He drove into the lane and scooped in a shot from knee level, and in the final seconds weaved past two defenders for a reverse layup to give Miami its largest lead of the half, 45-32.

"I know my teammates believe in me a lot," Lykes said. "I just try to bring energy off the bench and make the right plays."

BULLS BLASTED: His team had just been blown out, and USF coach Brian Gregory grabbed the stat sheet to make sure his players saw a small number that stood out to him.

Landry Shamet, the star guard for No. 9 Wichita State, took just two shots in a 95-57 victory over the visiting Bulls.

"Two shots the whole game," Gregory said. "He don’t care. I mean, All-American, NBA first-round pick, and he doesn’t care about any of that. That’s because of the type of high-level program they’ve built."

Shaquille Morris led the Shockers (13-2, 3-0 AAC) with 15 points. Zach Brown had 13 points and Markis McDuffie 12, and the three were a combined 16-of-19 from the floor, helping the Shockers shoot 62.7 percent.

Malik Martin led USF (7-10, 0-4) with 15 points. David Collins scored 12 and Terrence Samuel added 10 for the Bulls.

NO. 1 GOES DOWN: Keita Bates-Diop had a career-high 32 points and host Ohio State stunned No. 1 Michigan State 80-64.

The Buckeyes put together a 12-0 run to finish the first half and kept their foot on the gas to give first-year coach Chris Holtmann a signature win.

"This is a moment our fans and our players will remember for a long time," Holtmann said. "It feels really good."

Ohio State (13-4, 4-0 Big Ten) won its third straight game, taking down the best team it is likely to see this season. The mistake-prone Spartans (15-2, 3-1) lost for the first time in 15 games dating to a seven-point loss to then-No. 1 Duke on Nov. 14.

NO. 4 ARIZ. ST. 80, UTAH 77: Shannon Evans scored 22 and the visiting Sun Devils (13-2, 1-2 Pac-12) ended a two-game losing streak in a chippy game that included 31 fouls on Arizona State.


SYRACUSE 76, NO. 11 FSU 69: Miranda Drummond scored a career-high 38, including 11 straight late in the fourth quarter, as the host Orange (14-3, 2-2 ACC) snapped a four-game winning streak by the Seminoles (14-3, 2-1).

OLE MISS 78, FLORIDA 75, 2OT: The visiting Gators (8-8, 0-3 SEC) rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit before falling short. Promise Taylor had 16 points for the Rebels (11-5, 1-2).

NO. 2 N. DAME 77, GA. TECH 54: Arike Ogunbowale scored 25, Jackie Young added 14 and the visiting Irish (15-1, 4-0 ACC) had no trouble winning their eighth straight game.

NO. 3 LOUISVILLE 67, VA. TECH 56: Asia Durr had 21 points for the host Cardinals (18-0, 4-0 ACC), who made their first seven shots and cruised.

NO. 15 MISSOURI 83, NO. 4 S.C. 74: Sophie Cunningham had 27 points and made 9 of 10 shots from the field to lead the host Tigers (14-2, 2-1 SEC) past the Gamecocks (13-2, 2-1).

NO. 5 MISS. ST. 83, LSU 70: Teaira McCowan had 31 points and 20 rebounds and led a second-half surge for the visiting Bulldogs (17-0, 3-0 SEC).

NO. 7 TENN. 86, VANDY 73: Mercedes Russell scored a career-high 33 for the host Vols (15-0, 3-0 SEC), who rallied in the second half to improve to 33-0 against the Commodores in Knoxville.

NO. 8 TEXAS 75, KANSAS ST. 64: Lashann Higgs scored 26 for the visiting Longhorns (13-1, 4-0 Big 12), who overcame a nine-point performance by leading scorer Brooke McCarty.

NO. 9 OREGON 70, NO. 14 UCLA 61: Ruthy Hebard scored 19 for the visiting Ducks (15-2, 4-0 Pac-12), who won for the seventh straight game.

NO. 10 OHIO ST. 78, NO. 22 MICHIGAN 71, OT: Kelsey Mitchell scored 37 and opened the scoring in overtime with a 3-pointer that gave the visiting Buckeyes (15-2, 4-0 Big Ten) the lead for good.

FOOTBALL: Clemson receiver and former Sickles High star Ray-Ray McCloud is skipping his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.