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Michigan outlasts Seminoles in OT


Published:   |   Updated: November 23, 2013 at 12:17 AM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — As much as the defeat stung in the immediate aftermath, Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton believes his Seminoles will benefit in the long run after their 82-80 loss to Michigan in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Friday night.

A night after running past No. 10 VCU in its opening game of the tournament, Florida State squandered a 16-point second-half lead to the 14th-ranked Wolverines in regulation before coming up short in overtime.

Ian Miller had 19 points to lead four Seminoles players in double figures, but he had just three after halftime. Okaro White (Clearwater) added 18 points and Montay Brandon chipped in 14 in the Seminoles’ first loss of the season.

“We’re still a team that’s trying to find itself,” Hamilton said. “We still have a long way to go. ... We’ll learn from playing a team that took us down to the wire and played a little better than we did.”

Michigan’s Nik Stauskas scored 26 points, including seven in the extra period, and Derrick Walton Jr. added 15 points and Mitch McGary had 14 points and 12 rebounds in his third game back from a back injury.

The Wolverines (4-1) will play in Sunday’s game against Charlotte, which beat Northeastern 86-77 in the semifinal.

FSU (4-1) had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but a midcourt heave by Aaron Thomas bounced off the backboard.

Michigan came out aggressive in overtime, with Stauskas scoring six of the Wolverines’ first eight points. He made one of two foul shots with 1:17 to play to put Michigan up 80-77.

The Seminoles misfired on two possessions that could have tied it, and Walton made a pair of free throws to make it 82-77 with 14.8 seconds left.

FSU wasn’t finished, though. Miller broke a second-half scoring drought with a 3-pointer that made it 82-80 with just 5 seconds remaining.

 

MICHIGAN (4-1) — Robinson III 5-9 2-4 13, Horford 1-1 0-0 2, Walton Jr. 4-9 4-7 15, Stauskas 7-16 9-12 26, LeVert 2-6 0-0 5, Albrecht 2-4 0-0 5, McGary 6-15 2-4 14, Irvin 1-4 0-0 2, Morgan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-65 17-27 82.

FLORIDA ST. (4-1) — White 7-10 4-5 18, Gilchrist 1-3 0-0 2, Bojanovsky 5-7 0-0 10, Bookert 2-5 2-2 7, Brandon 5-11 3-4 14, Thomas 1-6 0-0 2, Miller 7-13 1-1 19, Ojo 3-4 2-4 8. Totals 31-59 12-16 80.

Halftime—Florida St. 37-27. End Of Regulation—Tied 69. 3-Point Goals—Michigan 9-24 (Walton Jr. 3-5, Stauskas 3-8, Albrecht 1-1, Robinson III 1-3, LeVert 1-5, Irvin 0-2), Florida St. 6-12 (Miller 4-8, Brandon 1-1, Bookert 1-3). Fouled Out—Bojanovsky. Rebounds—Michigan 39 (McGary 12), Florida St. 34 (White 12). Assists—Michigan 19 (Walton Jr. 6), Florida St. 14 (Brandon 4). Total Fouls—Michigan 14, Florida St. 20. A—5,835.

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