Florida State 76, Notre Dame 74
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[January 22, 2014]
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State 76, Notre Dame 74: Ian
Miller hit a go-ahead runner in the lane with four seconds left and
finished with 11 points off the bench as the Seminoles edged the
visiting Fighting Irish.
Aaron Thomas led the way with 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting and
Okaro White collected 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench as
Florida State (13-5, 4-2 ACC) bounced back from a loss over the
weekend. Devon Bookert added 10 points for the Seminoles, who shot
58 percent from the field.
Eric Atkins scored 24 points and Garrick Sherman recorded 21 points
and 10 rebounds for Notre Dame (11-8, 2-4). Pat Connaughton
struggled with nine points on 3-of-12 shooting but hauled in 10
boards and hit the tying shot in the final minute.
White's 3-pointer put Florida State up 72-64 with just over five
minutes left but Sherman came right back down and converted a
three-point play on the ensuing possession to pull Notre Dame back
within five. Atkins knocked down a 3-pointer to make it a two-point
deficit and Connaughton's layup with 34 seconds left knotted it at
74 before Miller's game-winner.
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Thomas capped a 15-4 run with a 3-pointer that gave the
Seminoles a 41-28 lead with under three minutes left in the
first half before Notre Dame cut it to an eight-point deficit at
the break. Atkins got hot early in the second half and scored
eight points in the first six minutes to trim the deficit to
50-47 before Florida State recovered to hold off the rally.
GAME NOTEBOOK: White was coming off the bench for the first time
this season. … The Seminoles have allowed over 70 points in
back-to-back games after holding their previous eight opponents
to 62 or fewer. … Florida State went 8-of-16 from 3-point range
while Notre Dame made just 7-of-22 from beyond the arc.
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