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February 13, 2013

Hot shooting, late FSU miss give No. 3 Canes win

The No. 3 Hurricanes kept their undefeated ACC season alive tonight at Florida State.


UM led 69-66 with 51 seconds remaining. After Shane Larkin missed a finger-roll a Seminole three-pointer went in and out.

With 19.8 seconds left Reggie Johnson got the rebound and was fouled.

He missed the first.

And, after a timeout, he calmly hit the second. A long three-point try missed and the Canes held on to win, 74-68.

"That was a heck of a college basketball game. It wasn't decided until the very last 10 seconds," Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. "We were fortunate enough to win."

UM is now 20-3 overall and 11-0 in the conference.

"We're playing great basketball right now, but on any given night anyone can come out and give you a great test like Florida State did [Wednesday night]," Larkin said. "We're definitely not unstoppable. We've got to come out focused every night and play with great energy."

The Canes were led by 22 points on nine of 15 shooting from Larkin. Johnson added 14 points, Durand Scott had 13 and Julian Gamble contributed 10.

Overall it was a hot-shooting night for Miami, which made 63.8 percent of its shots; FSU hit on 46.2 percent.

Miami started off slowly, trailing 13-6, but by halftime the Canes built an eight-point lead. After taking a 50-39 advantage, FSU tied the game at 51. The Hurricanes never trailed again and actually led big, 68-56, with 4:32 remaining. But FSU made it close at the end.

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