Florida State hoops outlasts Miami in high scoring, overtime affair

Florence Fletcher
January 28, 2018

The Hurricanes missed their first three shots and had a turnover while Florida State had a Koumadje dunk, Walker layup and Mann 3-point play. Miami's defense broke down and center Chris Koumadje flushed home an alley-oop to give the Seminoles the lead.

Florida State's offense had excellent balance.

The Seminoles - who fell from the Associated Press Top 25 poll after its four losses in ACC play against Duke, Miami, Louisville and Boston College - hope to regain their footing in the conference against the Hurricanes on Saturday.

The Seminoles opened overtime with 7 straight points and cruised the rest of the way for a 103-94 overtime win at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Seminoles (16-5 overall, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored the first six points in overtime and never looked back, winning their third straight conference game after a terrible 2-4 ACC start. The Hurricanes rank 139th in rebounds allowed per game (34.8).

Miami has struggled to play a complete game for most of 2018 and it was the case again Saturday.

According to College Basketball Reference, this was the first time in 13 games this season that a team from a Power Five conference has made 17 or more 3-pointers and lost.

Avoiding second half collapses, which have plagued this team in previous years, will also be important for Hamilton's squad.

For Florida State: Terance Mann, a junior slasher, scores better than 16 points per game to go with a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game and a 61 percent shooting mark.

Who We Like: Florida State. The Hurricanes couldn't stop the Seminoles from turning the corner and driving into the paint.

"A lot of teams in the ACC play eight or seven guys", Angola said.

It was all the Hurricanes could manage early.

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Florida State, which has won three straight, led for most of regulation but Miami stayed in it by making a season-high 17 3-pointers.

Miami's Dejan Vasiljevic - a.361 shooter from deep - knocked down six of his 10 attempts from three and finished with 20 points after coming into the game averaging just 8.3.

The Seminoles took and pushed their lead out to seven with 3:16 left in the overtime period, and never looked back. During the first meeting with the Hurricanes however, FSU was just 5-for-24. The freshman got to the elbow and pulled up, only for his jumper to come up short.

Miami scored the first bucket of the game and the Seminoles turned it over on their first two possessions, but Florida State then went on a 10-0 run.

"I was getting ready to call a timeout and my players waved me off", Larranaga said. The Seminoles were repeatedly able to get the ball inside for lobs and layups.

"We had a good shooting night tonight, but I feel like when everyone contributes it's hard to beat us and that's what happened tonight".

The Hurricanes defense was concerning.

Miami's defensive performance was its worst of the season.

The early deficit in regulation meant Miami couldn't find an edge on the Seminoles during regulation and a defensive collapse at the start of overtime did in the Hurricanes.

Dewan Huell: Talented and athletic big men have given Florida State fits this season and Miami sophomore Dewan Huell is no exception. Competing with Virginia will be hard, but just showing that they can and will compete with the best talent in the nation will make a statement, even without a tally in the win column.

"We were very good offensively and we couldn't guard them".

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