Miami Hurricanes fall to Florida State in time beyond regulation

Miami Hurricanes fall to Florida State in time beyond regulation

Forty minutes wasn't enough for this rivalry game.

Even after watching his team cede its almost game-long lead with about a minute to play, and even after watching Miami connect on a virtually unfathomable 17 3-pointers, Leonard Hamilton wasn't ever anxious about how overtime between Florida State and the Hurricanes would play out.

"I thought the fans were provided a great, exciting, entertaining basketball game to get involved in, and they certainly did", Miami coach Jim Larranaga said.

The game should be a battle of strength against strength as the productive offense of Florida State (35th in the NCAA with an offensive efficiency of 114.1) takes on the elite defense of Miami (10th in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 92.0).

"I've coached a lot of games". Miami's early-season form is gone and the Hurricanes' first winning streak of conference play is over.

"Everyone was confident that we were going to be aggressive and bust it open in overtime", FSU guard Terance Mann said. "We're not going to lose this game'". "Just saying it and believing it". Once again, the Hurricanes turned to Walker, who hit a layup during the final moments against Louisville to force overtime two days earlier. Angola had a chance to win it for Florida State on the final trip but had his shot blocked.

"Walker is a tremendous athlete".

The Seminoles (15-5, 4-4 ACC), who have squandered double-digit halftime leads to their own demise in ACC play this season, showed persistence in the second half to win their second straight game ahead of a highly anticipated rematch against Miami on Saturday at 4 p.m. Mann has scored in double-figures in 16 of his 19 games this season and at least 20 on seven occasions.

"I think the first few possessions, we kind of surprised them with the intensity", Mann said.

On the defensive end, Mabrey has tied her season high of five steals three times in the last five games. Dewan Huell put up 20 points and eight rebounds in the first matchup, in which the Hurricanes defeated the Seminoles 80-74.

FSU and Miami both shot lights out in the first half with the Seminoles taking a 44-39 lead into the break.

But Florida State has always been near the top of the conference, finished as the ACC regular season runner-up in 2015 and 2017. Splitting the series with Clemson is vital as the Seminoles can not rack up conference losses late in the year.

The Hurricanes weren't almost that hot, but still managed to shoot 51.9 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three. Brown struggled from the floor making just 5-14, one of six from three. Miami did a fantastic job of getting and making free throws (23-32; 71.9 percent).

Mann says the difference in the games they close out and see slip away comes down to aggression and effort. "What we got to do is take care of business, play as well as we can, try to keep winning some games, and we'll inch our way back up the polls". "I trust them. We got the ball to Lonnie".

After a tough stretch of games over the last couple of weeks, Miami's schedule easies a bit before facing Virginia next month. M.J. and C.J. Walker combined for 30 points.

ABOUT THE SEMINOLESFlorida State enters with an 18-2 overall record and a 6-1 mark in ACC play.

Point guard CJ Walker added 17 points and Mann, FSU's leading scorer, overcame a slow start to finish with 14 points for the Seminoles, who needed overtime to split the season series with the Hurricanes.

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