In a defense-optional afternoon in Tallahassee, Miami couldn’t pull out its second consecutive overtime win, falling 103-94 to Florida State.
The teams tied at 83 in regulation. That was thanks to another block in crunch time by Lonnie Walker, who clipped a would-be winner in the final seconds, as he did against Louisville last Wednesday. But FSU outscored UM 20-11 in overtime.
The Hurricanes had a chance to cut the Seminoles’ lead to four points with less than a minute left in OT, but Terance Mann contested Dewan Huell’s dunk and forced a miss. Phil Cofer (21 points) swatted Bruce Brown’s shot on the next possession.
Walker, Miami’s standout freshman, had 23 points and five assists before fouling out in the final seconds of the extra period. DJ Vasiljevic tied his career high with 20 points and six made 3s on 10 attempts. Anthony Lawrence Jr. chipped in a career-high 19.
Miami (15-5, 4-4 ACC) continues to hover at .500 in league play. It hosts Pittsburgh on Wednesday (7 p.m., ACC RSN).
FSU (16-5, 5-4) has won 31 of its last 32 at home.
Five quick takeaways:
D hurting. Miami entered the game allowing 63.7 points per game, 39 percent shooting and 30 percent from 3. It ranked top-four in the ACC in each category. FSU seemingly couldn’t miss. The Hurricanes allowed 100 points for the first time since it surrendered 105 to North Carolina on Jan. 31, 2007, four years before Jim Larranaga’s UM tenure began. The Seminoles shot 60 percent and hit 47.4 percent of its 3s. The Canes, for their part, shot 50 percent from everywhere. This game was the polar opposite of another ACC game played Saturday: Virginia’s 65-63 win over Duke, a game it led 32-22 at halftime.
Sweet strokes. One of the primary reasons it was so points-y: Miami found its mark from the outside. UM set a program record for made 3-pointers (17) and its number of attempts (34) was two shy of that school best. The Hurricanes entered overtime having hit 16-of-30 from beyond the arc, but went 1-for-3 in OT. That’s despite the continued shooting struggles of Brown, who hit 5-of-14 shots for 13 points, with seven boards and five assists.
Walker rising. Miami’s star-in-the-making, who sent the game with Louisville to overtime with an acrobatic layup, posted his second-consecutive 20-point game. With the game on the line in regulation, he had the ball in his hands again. After Huell forced a C.J. Walker miss in the final minute, the ball went from Lawrence to Walker to Vasiljevic to Walker, to had the ball deep in 3-point territory. He came off a ball screen and had an open, hanging look. In OT, he scored a running layup in traffic.
Brown bothered? The sophomore scored 13 points, but six of them came on largely uncontested layups in the last 1:07 of the overtime period when Florida State had what proved to be an insurmountable lead and Miami was fouling to stop the clock. Otherwise, he struggled from the field, making two other field goals and shooting 1-for-5 from three. Excluding his standout performance against NC State last Sunday, where he only missed one shot and scored 19 points, Brown has gone 11-44 from the field and 1-14 from 3 in Miami’s last five games. Is he still being bothered by a wrist injury that impacted him early in the season? And with the emergence of Lonnie Walker in ACC play, is he still Miami’s go-to star and alpha dog?
DJ back. After a lost few games, the sophomore shooter reemerged. Vasiljevic, who played 37 minutes in his previous four games, was on the floor in crunch time, Larranaga riding the hot hand, and wound up tying his season high with 35 minutes. His 6-for-10 rate on 3-pointers came after he went a combined 5-for-26 in his previous seven ACC games. Elsewhere, Point guards Ja’Quan Newton (four points in 14 minutes) and Chris Lykes (scoreless in 13 minutes, with five assists) weren’t major factors. Huell had a quiet night, with eight points and six boards in 36 minutes, and center Ebuka Izundu (two points in nine) was nowhere to be seen. Stretch four Sam Waardenburg continues to get run (12 minutes, five points) but must continue to make improvements at the defensive end (four fouls).