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FSU tops Miami for first win since Mayes suspension

Bill Foster's last appearance in the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center came to a premature end when the Miami coach was ejected for the first time in his 24-year career with 5:37 remaining Saturday night. But for Florida State's Pat Kennedy, the end to a five-game losing streak was long overdue.

The Seminoles (14-13) avenged an earlier loss at Miami with a 92-73 victory over the Hurricanes (9-13) Saturday night. It was FSU's first victory since the Seminoles lost leading scorer Tharon Mayes to a month-long suspension.

"It was good to get a victory," Kennedy said. "Offensively, that's what we need. Tonight we had five guys in double figures so we got the balance we're looking for."

Aubry Boyd made all of his career-high 15 points in the first half on three-pointers. Guard Chad Copeland led FSU with a career and game-high 20 points.

But the points that incensed Foster the most were the six FSU made as a result of technical fouls accessed against Miami with 5:37 remaining. Miami, trailing 65-54, was called for a back-court violation. But when Jerome Scott complained the ball went off Copeland's foot, he was hit with a technical. Foster stormed onto the court, and was charged with a technical and thrown out of the game.

"The 34 minutes I saw I liked how we played," Foster continued. "I'm not sure we didn't play better here losing than we did (in the victory in Miami)."

Miami, however, was a different team after the technical fouls allowed FSU to pull ahead 76-60. From there it was all FSU.

Miami trailed 37-30 at halftime due to Boyd's three-pointers. "I'm shooting pretty good in practice," Boyd said. "He (Kennedy) just told me to go out and relax."

In the second half, Miami fought to a 42-42 tie on Joe Wylie's three-pointer. Wylie finished with 19 points to pace the Hurricanes. He also had a game-high 12 points.

FSU forward Rodney Dobard broke the tie at the 13:37 mark, and the Seminoles expanded the lead into double figures by the time Foster was ejected.

_ Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.