Nov. 22, 2013
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Less than 24 hours after blowing out No. 10 VCU, the Florida State men’s basketball nearly pulled off another Puerto Rico-Tip-Off stunner Friday night.
In an 82-80 overtime loss to the Wolverines (4-1), the Seminoles (4-1) saw a lead they hadn’t relinquished since the 12:45 mark of the first half dissipate in the final few seconds of regulation before Michigan pulled away in the extra period.
FSU did a good job at protecting the basketball, but four of its 13 total turnovers occurred in the last several possessions of regulation. Michigan capitalized on those giveaways, erasing an eight-point `Noles’ lead with 2:30 in the game.
Ian Miller led FSU in scoring with 19 points — 16 of which came in the first half — as the senior guard finished with a 7-of-13 shooting mark.
The Seminoles also got 10 points from Boris Bojanovsky.
Defensively, Florida State allowed Nik Stauskas to post 23 of his 26 total points after halftime while Derrick Walton, Jr. and Glenn Robinson III combined for 28 points. Star Wolverines forwarded Mitch McGary finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Michigan shot 43.1-percent from the field compared to FSU’s 52.5-percent clip.
“They deserved the victory today,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “They did the things they needed to do to win the basketball game and I thought we came up just a little bit short.”
The Seminoles took a 37-27 lead into the break and led by as much as 48-36 on Brandon’s jumper with 12:50 left in the game before the Wolverines slowly began chipping away.
FSU will now cap off its trip to Puerto Rico when it plays Northeastern Sunday at 5:30 p.m.