CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Al Thornton scored 18 points and
grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds as Florida State beat Miami 67-64
in both teams' regular season finale Sunday.
Florida State (19-8, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored its
final eight points from the free-throw line, including five from
Thornton, as the Seminoles took control after trailing Miami
(15-14, 7-9) for much of the second half.
Thornton's final two free throws gave the Seminoles a 66-61 lead
with eight seconds remaining.
Robert Hite's 80-foot desperation shot caught the back of the
rim but failed to fall for Miami. Hite scored a game-high 20 points
for the Hurricanes.
It was the first win in four games against Miami for Florida
State, which greatly helped its cause for an NCAA Tournament bid by
winning four of its final five games. The Seminoles upset then-No.
1 Duke, 79-74, on Wednesday behind 26 points from Thornton.
Miami's loss means its push for an at-large tournament bid
likely fell short.
The two teams traded leads before Miami went up 61-59 on a
basket by Diaz, who scored 16 points, with 1:57 remaining. But the
Hurricanes missed four of their final five shots, while the
Seminoles converted 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch.
Alexander Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the
Seminoles, who outrebounded the Hurricanes 35-27 and shot 50
percent (5-for-10) on 3-pointers.
Miami scored 15 of the first 18 points of the second half,
taking a 45-38 lead on a 3-pointer by Hite with 12:29 remaining in
But Florida State responded by forging a 50-50 tie on a
3-pointer by Galloway at 8:08. The Seminoles regained the lead,
going up 55-54 on a free throw by Jason Rich at 6:05. Hite had
another 3-pointer to put the Hurricanes up 57-55 at 5:50.
Miami honored its four seniors, including Hite, before their
final regular season game.
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