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ACC: Miami Falls to No. 9 Florida State, 83-79, in OT

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker Saturday afternoon, 83-79, in overtime against ninth-ranked Florida State at the Watsco Center.

Junior guard Chris Lykes led the way with a game-high 24 points for Miami (10-7, 2-5 ACC), which led by nine with 4:34 left in regulation.

“I thought we did everything it took to win the game except win,” Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga said.”. . . We’ve been pretty darn good at the end of close games, finishing. Today, we weren’t able to close.”

The Hurricanes jumped out to a 10-4 edge, led for 16:08 and trailed for just 1:10 in the first half, but a buzzer-beating runner by redshirt senior guard Trent Forrest gave Florida State (16-2, 6-1 ACC) a 31-30 advantage at the intermission.

Both teams shot 40 percent or below from the field and exactly 50 percent at the line, as well as committed eight-plus turnovers in a sluggish opening 20 minutes that was played within just a seven-point window.

The Hurricanes went on a 9-2 run, capped by a trio of free throws from senior guard Dejan Vasiljevic, in a span of 2:01 midway through the second half to take a 55-49 lead with 9:49 remaining. They upped their lead to a game-high nine, 65-56, with 5:20 left, this time after a fast-break layup by Vasiljevic.

The Seminoles then outscored Miami, 13-4, over the final 4:33 of regulation, including a game-tying 3-pointer by junior guard MJ Walker with 40 ticks left, to send the game to overtime.

Florida State took a 76-71 advantage, its largest lead of the day, with 1:27 to go in overtime, but Lykes countered with a 3-pointer to make it a two-point game just 12 seconds later. The Hurricanes, however, could not claw all the way back and fell just short of a top-10 triumph, dropping a four-point decision.

“I thought our defensive effort was terrific. I liked the way they hustled, challenged shots, challenged rebounds and pulled together as a team,” Larrañaga said. “I thought they did a great job of building a lead. Unfortunately, Florida State did a good job of forcing some turnovers and making some key shots down the stretch.”

Lykes’ 24 points came on 9-of-18 shooting, including a 6-of-10 clip from 3-point range. He also blocked multiple shots in a game for the first time, plus surpassed Dwayne Collins for fifth place on Miami’s all-time ACC-only scoring list, now with 628 points.

Vasiljevic totaled 19 points, finishing 6-of-11 from the floor, 4-of-6 beyond the arc and 3-of-3 at the line. Redshirt junior guard Kameron McGusty added 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go along with a career- and game-high six assists. Redshirt junior forward Sam Waardenburg tied a career best with a co-game-high 11 rebounds in a career-best 41 minutes, while Lykes played 42 and Vasiljevic played 40.

Sophomore guard Devin Vassell paced the Seminoles with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Walker notched 19 points, all after halftime. Forrest recorded 12 points in the win and redshirt sophomore guard Anthony Polite added 10.

Miami shot 18-of-33 (54.5 percent) after halftime, including 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from 3-point range, but logged a season-high 24 turnovers that led to 21 points for Florida State in the setback. The Hurricanes also finished plus-five on the glass, 41-36, yet the Seminoles had a 21-10 edge in paint points.

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