Career day from Bojo as FSU advances

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

For one more day, at least, FSU's tourney hopes are alive.

With the game tied at 65, Ian Miller found Okaro White in the post, who immediately tapped the ball to Boris Bojanovsky for a game winning dunk with 0.4 seconds left on the clock. This capped off a wild second half that saw three lead changes and three ties sandwiched around an FSU run that put them up 11 with 9:40 to play. FSU couldn't solve Maryland's 2nd half press, and they ended up committing 19 turnovers. But Maryland couldn't solve Boris Bojanovsky, who scored 12 points and added 12 rebounds in the first double-double of his career.

The game began with FSU taking a 10-5 lead behind some brilliant and aggressive play from Ian Miller. But as quickly as good-Ian took over the game from the tip, bad-Ian reared his head and stuck around for a while. This was compounded by Okaro White picking up two fouls with more than 10 minutes to play. At that point FSU was up 15-10. The rest of the way it was almost all Maryland, as they used a 24-13 run behind a hot-shooting Seth Allen to take a six-point lead. The Noles won a key 50-50 ball to close out the half with four straight points, and FSU entered the break down 34-32.

In the 2nd half, it was FSU's turn. Seth Allen hit another 3-pointer to open the half before the Noles reeled off a 24-8 run. The defense was exceptional during the stretch, forcing six turnovers and blocking two shots (retaining possession on both). But Maryland eventually began making some shots, and this gave them the ability to set up their press, which FSU couldn't solve. FSU only scored on four of the next fourteen possessions, and Maryland chipped away long enough to tie the game with 1:50 to play.

With 37 seconds left and the game still tied FSU went back to their double screen action, and Ian Miller found a cutting Boris Bojanovsky who got fouled and made both his FTs. After a silly ticky-tack foul on the other allowed Dez Wells to tie the game, the Noles had the final shot.

Surprisingly they elected not to press as Coach Turgeon feared losing on an easy basket, and instead retreated back to play defense. FSU went back to the well, Ian Miller made his best play of the game finding Okaro in the post, and White completed the senior-to-senior-to-Bojo hockey assist for the game winning play.

Ian Miller led FSU with 17 points, Aaron Thomas had 14 points, and Bojo had his 12 and 12.

Now the Noles face No. 1 seed Virginia at noon tomorrow.

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