March 13, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. (Seminoles.com) — Boris Bojanovsky’s first career double-double will forever be synonymous with the dunk that sent Maryland packing.
Led by Bojanovsky’s 12 points (including the game-winning slam with 0.4 second left) and 12 rebounds, the Florida State men’s basketball team beat the Terrapins, 67-65, Thursday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum. The 7-foot-3 center’s final emphatic points will go down in history as the last bucket ever registered against Maryland (17-15) as an ACC School.
“I mean, it was a great feeling,” a smiling Bojanovsky said afterwards. “It was an important game for us, so I was really happy.”
The Terrapins move to the Big Ten Conference this summer; the `Noles (19-12) move to the tournament’s quarterfinals Friday at noon against No. 1-seed Virginia
Tied at 63-63 with 1:48 left in a game that had seen the Seminoles’ 11-point second-half lead dissipate, Ian Miller pump-faked an open 3-pointer and deftly dished the basketball to Bojanovsky who was fouled on the lay-in attempt. After Bojanovsky hit both free throws to officially give him that first double-double, the Terps answered with two Dez Wells free throws.
Knotted at 65 apiece with 16 seconds in regulation, Miller held for the final possession before finding Okaro Whiteinside. White then handed off to Bojanovsky for the well-timed, history-making jam.
“I thought Ian [Miller] showed a lot of experience being a senior,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “He was very patient, and we got the double ball screen with just enough time on the clock for us to get one shot up maybe and a rebound. That’s what the plan was. When Ian came off the screen, he saw Okaro in front of the lane, and it was not a clean catch by Okaro so he bounce passed the ball to Boris and he finished the play, which was a very big play for us.”
Miller finished the game with a team-best 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting and a 5-for-5 mark from the free-throw line. Despite some early foul trouble, Aaron Thomas hit double figures with 14 points of his own.
The Seminoles turned the ball over 19 times but were helped in the victorious effort by the fact they out-rebounded the Terrapins, 39-26. Maryland was also held to 39.2 percent shooting.
Wells and Seth Allen poured in 18 points apiece for the Terps while Jake Layman added 15.
In the last three seasons, FSU now has 10 last-second, game-winning shots to its credit.
A win Friday against No. 6 Virginia could potentially push the bubble-position ‘Noles into the NCAA Tournament following the big win against Maryland.
“I thought [Virginia] might be the most unselfish team in America where they always are playing to each other and creating easy, high percentage shots for each other,” Hamilton said . “It’s like they play without an ego but with a tremendous amount of intensity and focus.”
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