The Miami Hurricanes (17-10, 8-6 ACC) trailed through most of the first half of Sunday night's game, but they dominated the second half to add another painful loss to the No. 16 Florida St. Seminoles (19-9, 10-4 ACC).
With only 44 points scored in the entire first half, the game appeared to be headed for a defensive showcase, but Miami G/F Durand Scott (17 pts, 7 reb) and Seminole G Michael Snaer (20 pts, 8 reb) quickly turned the second half into a fireworks display.
The 'Canes had two crucial runs midway through the second half, taking a 38-30 score to 43-30 and then sending a 44-35 score to 50-35 for a 6-point run with only 8 minutes remaining. That 15-point advantage proved sufficient to hold the 'Noles off in the waning minutes. Miami's healthy lead and their steady free throws late gave the 'Canes the victory, 78-62.
FSU has now lost two games this week and three games in February altogether. They enter next week at risk of losing their Top 25 ranking.
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