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Evans’ free throws cap FSU’s late surge

RayQuan Evans drove the basket, drew the foul and drilled the free throws.

Florida State’s streak against Miami was salvaged with less than a second to spare.

Evans made two free-throw attempts with .8 seconds to go as Florida State escaped with a thrilling 65-64 win over Miami on Tuesday night, handing the Hurricanes their first ACC loss of the season.

The game featured a dramatic, back-and-forth final minute. Charlie Moore knocked down a 3-pointer after a pair of Miami misses and offensive rebounds with seven seconds to go, giving Miami a 64-63 lead. On FSU’s previous possession, Malik Osborne hit a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down that put the Seminoles ahead 61-60.

Evans had 11 points, his best outing since scoring 14 in the season opener against Penn. Matthew Cleveland scored 15points — 11 in the second half — and put together a fourth straight ACC game where he finished in double figures.

Anthony Polite added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Seminoles (9-5, 3-2 ACC), which have won eight straight games against Miami, a streak that dates to the 2017-18 season.

Charlie Moore had 20 points and Kameron McGusty had 17 points for Miami (13-4, 5-1 ACC). 

Up next

FSU will play at Syracuse on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Seminoles’ next home game is against Duke on Jan. 18 at 9 p.m. (ESPN).

FSU-UNF game rescheduled

The FSU-UNF game has been rescheduled for Jan. 20 (a Thursday) at noon. No TV or streaming information has been set at this time.