TALLAHASSEE — Freshman Matthew Cleveland scored 17 points and his putback basket with 2.1 seconds left in overtime helped Florida State fight off Boston University’s upset bid with an 81-80 win Wednesday night.
Cleveland scored 14 in the second half and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench. Caleb Mills also scored 17 for the Seminoles (5-1), who were never safe against BU (4-3).
Terriers sophomore Anthony Morales made the first two free throws of his career to bring Boston within 71-68 with seconds left in regulation. After FSU’s Anthony Polite missed badly on the front end of a one-and-one, Morales took the rebound, dribbled the length of the floor and buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime.
Javante McCoy and Sukhmail Mathon each made two free throws go give Boston a 75-71 lead. With an 80-79 lead, in successive possessions, McCoy turned it over, and Morales missed a 3 with 15 seconds left to set up the Seminoles.
Mills drove right and put up a shot attempt that went over the rim, and Cleveland collected for the putback. After a timeout and having to go the length of the floor, the Terriers’ inbounds pass was intercepted at half court.
McCoy scored 22 for Boston.
Ethan Brittain-Watts’s three-point play with 8:51 before halftime capped a 10-0 Terriers run to give them their first lead at 20-18. Later, a 10-5 run to close the half brought BU within 37-35 at intermission.
FSU heads to West Lafayette, Ind., to play No. 3-ranked Purdue on Tuesday.
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