SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Caleb Mills knocked down 5 of 6 3-pointers to score 19 points, and Florida State denied Syracuse in the final minutes for a 76-71 victory Saturday, the third straight for the Seminoles.
The teams each won on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference series this season. Syracuse won 63-60 in Tallahassee on Dec. 4.
Mills hit back-to-back 3s, the second with just under five minutes to go, to put FSU in front 67-64. Wyatt Wilkes knocked down a 3 with 2:35 left to push the lead to 72-68, but Jesse Edwards hit the second of two free throws and Jimmy Boeheim put back an offensive rebound to get the Orange within one.
Syracuse forced the Seminoles into a turnover with 34 seconds left, but Boeheim’s shot rimmed off and FSU’s Anthony Polite chased down the rebound and fed Matthew Cleveland for a dunk when Syracuse opted not to foul.
The Seminoles (10-5, 4-2 ACC) shot 28-of-51 from the field and was 12-of-20 from beyond the arc. Rayquan Evans added 15 points and five assists, and his two free throws in the last seconds set the final margin. Wilkes added 11 points off the bench.
Buddy Boeheim paced Syracuse (8-9, 2-4) with 18 points. Cole Swider and Edwards contributed 17 and 15 points, respectively, and Joseph Girard added 11. The Orange used just seven players, and their bench added just four points.
FSU plays host to No. 8 Duke on Tuesday. Syracuse, which has lost four of its past five, hosts Clemson on Tuesday.
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