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Florida State Seminoles rally to beat Miami Hurricanes 55-53

CORAL GABLES — Florida State missed its first 10 shots but rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit, scoring 12 in a row down the stretch to beat Miami 55-53 Wednesday night.

Durand Scott missed driving shots on back-to-back possessions in the final 10 seconds for the Hurricanes.

The Seminoles (14-5, 4-1 ACC) are off to their best start in the league since 1993. The current run includes a win over then-No. 1 Duke on Jan. 12.

Freshman Okaro White, a former Clearwater High standout, had six points and three rebounds for FSU. Fellow Clearwater graduate Luke Loucks had one point and two rebounds.

Miami (12-6, 1-3) shot 1-of-8 over the final 6½ minutes and lost for the first time in nine home games this season. Malcolm Grant scored 20 for the Hurricanes.

FSU won with only one player scoring in double figures, Terrance Shannon with 10. The game was nearly 10 minutes old before the Seminoles sank a basket, but they trailed only 11-7 because of Miami's sputtering.

Deividas Dulkys' four-point play started the 12-0 run and cut the margin to 48-47. Derwin Kitchen's driving layup gave the Seminoles their first lead, 49-48, and they led the rest of the way.

FSU missed its final five free throws over the last 1:53 but survived a frantic finish. Grant sank a 3-pointer to cut it to 55-52 with 42 seconds left, and when Chris Singleton missed a one-and-one, the Hurricanes got the ball back.

Scott missed an off-balance layup with 10 seconds left, but Bernard James missed two free throws for FSU. Scott grabbed the rebound and drove the length of the floor, then missed a reverse layup.

Miami's Julian Gamble grabbed the rebound and passed to Grant, but the buzzer sounded before he could launch a shot.

FSU has won four games in a row against Miami and nine of the past 10.

Adrian Thomas made a 3 and two free throws on consecutive possessions to give the Hurricanes their biggest lead, 24-12. But after they went up 34-24 early in the second half, FSU slowly whittled away.

The Seminoles shot 32 percent (18-of-56), including 5-for-26 in the first half.

FSU 55

Miami 53

Florida State Seminoles rally to beat Miami Hurricanes 55-53 01/19/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 20, 2011 12:20am]
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