Florida State had a chance to defeat in state rival Miami on Sunday night, but a poor last possession cost the Seminoles big time. Miami came away with a 67-65 win and a season sweep of the Seminoles.
Florida State is firmly on the NCAA Tournament bubble, and a win against a Top-12 team would have gone a long way towards putting the Seminoles in. Instead Florida State's status is even more up in the air.
Florida State had a chance to win the game on their final offensive possession with a 66-65 defecit. Dwayne Bacon brought the ball up the court with 20 seconds left, but ran the clock down to hold for the last shot. He passed the ball off to Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who dribbled it off his knee. Devin Bookert picked up the loose ball, and put up a three that missed. Miami came up with the rebound and made 1 of their 2 free throws. Malik Beasley's last second heave was wide of the mark.
The Seminoles star duo of Malik Beasley and Dwayne Bacon struggled mightily with a combined 15 points on 5-17 shooting. Devin Bookert led the Seminoles with 14 points. Xavier Rathan-Mayes was the only other Seminole in double digits with 12. Malik Beasley's streak of double digit games comes to an end at 24.
Miami dominated the Seminoles on the boards 38-30 including 11 offensive rebounds. The Hurricanes starting frontcourt came up with 18 of those. Dwayne Bacon led the Seminoles in rebounds with 6.
Florida State actually shot better than the Hurricanes shooting 45.6 percent compared to Miami's 38.2 percent. Where the game was one was on the free throw line. Miami made 16 of their 22 free throws while the Seminoles once again struggled making just 4 of their 9 free throw attempts.
The Seminoles fall to 16-9 on the season and 6-7 in the ACC. They will host Georgia Tech on Wednesday, February 17 at 9 PM. The game will be shown on the ACC Network.