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FSU barely avoids big collapse vs. Miami, moves atop ACC

The Seminoles, who led by 24 at halftime, go cold late, and a furious Hurricanes comeback falls a point short.
FSU's Anthony Polite, left, drives to the basket as Miami's Sam Waardenburg defends during the first half Saturday.
FSU's Anthony Polite, left, drives to the basket as Miami's Sam Waardenburg defends during the first half Saturday. [ LYNNE SLADKY | AP ]
Published Jan. 22

CORAL GABLES — Caleb Mills scored 16, Anthony Polite had 15 and Florida State withstood a furious second-half Miami rally to hold on for a 61-60 Saturday and take control atop the ACC.

Isaiah Wong missed a contested fadeaway jumper at the buzzer that would’ve won it for the Hurricanes, who used an 8-0 run in the last 2:20 to have a chance at the end.

FSU led 43-19 at halftime before Miami turned it around and outscored the Seminoles 41-18 in the second half.

Wong’s basket with 15:53 before halftime brought Miami within 8-6. They wouldn’t get closer until a Wong steal led to a fastbreak lob to Sam Waardenburg to make it 61-60 with 39 seconds left.

FSU used its final timeout with 5:39 as coach Leonard Hamilton tried to slow the Hurricanes’ frantic push. The ‘Noles missed 13 of their last 20 shots.

FSU went to halftime with a 43-19 lead after shooting 56.3 percent (18-for-32) with 15 made shots inside the 3-point arc. Polite made all five of his shots and scored 13. Five reserves contributed 15 points for the Seminoles.

Miami did just the opposite, shooting 26.1 percent (6-fo- 23) and missed 11 of 12 from beyond the arc. The Hurricanes had one point off the bench before the break.

Wong finished with 22 points, giving him 18 straight games scoring in double figures.

It was the ninth straight win for FSU (13-5, 6-2 ACC) over Miami (14-6, 6-2) in the series. The ‘Canes are 10-2 in their last 12, both losses coming against the Seminoles.

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