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For the second time in four nights on Tuesday, an ACC team entered the Donald L. Tucker Center with a perfect record in conference play. For the second time in four nights, that team left with its first conference loss.
For Florida State, the latest victim was Miami. The Seminoles used two free throws from RayQuan Evans in the final second to edge the rival Hurricanes, 65-64.
Miami led for more than 32 minutes in the contest, but there were three lead changes over the final 30 seconds. After Malik Osborne’s 3-pointer gave FSU a 63-61 lead with 27 seconds left, the Hurricanes regained the lead on a trey of their own. Following an offensive rebound by Jordan Miller, Charlie Moore drilled a wide open 3-pointer from the corner to give Miami a 64-63 lead with seven seconds left.
On the game’s decisive possession, Evans drove the length of the court. Officials ruled that he was fouled with 0.8 seconds remaining. Evans calmly knocked down both shots.
Evans finished with 11 points while Matthew Cleveland paced FSU with 15 points. Anthony Polite added 12 points in the victory.
Neither team led by more than four points in the second half. FSU shot 43% from the field and just 6-for-20 from deep. The Seminoles turned the ball over 15 times, but held a 12-rebound advantage over Miami.
Moore paced the Hurricanes with a game-high 20 points. Kameron McGusty added 17 points in the loss.
The win for FSU is its eighth straight over Miami and puts it over .500 in ACC play for the first time. Florida State will try to avoid being swept by Syracuse when it visits the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Miami fell to 13-4 and 5-1 in ACC play. It will have a week off before hosting North Carolina.
Between the Lines for Jan. 11, 2022
Men’s basketball: Miami 64, FSU 65
On the Agenda for Jan. 12, 2022
No FSU athletic events.
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