ACC Basketball

Seminoles send Terrapins to the Big Ten in style

It looked like it would be another turnover, the 20th for Florida State. Instead, it led to the game winning dunk.

With seconds to go, the game tied, Ian Miller delivered a questionable pass inside to Okaro White, who somehow managed to scoop up a ball by his feet and push it up to a wide open Boris Bojanovsky. Three Maryland Terrapin players stood there for a brief second, stunned, like those three guys on the back of the bus  in The Day After Tomorrow when they suddenly see a giant wave that’s about to crush them to death.

All three players gathered themselves and made a worthless attempt to block a dunk by the 7’3 Boja. They failed. He dunked. Ball game.

It was fitting that Boris “Goal tend” Bojanovsky won the game for the Seminoles, since he was really the only player who stood over 6-6 who actually did anything worth talking about.

FSU’s Michael Ojo and Okaro White combined to hit 2-10 shots, turning it over four times, while Maryland’s big men, Charles Mitchell (who left early with two dislocated fingers) and Shaquille Cleare did even less, shooting 1-4 from the field.

Instead, it was a game dominated by guards. Maryland’s Seth Allen shinned, scoring 18, behind four three-pointers. Dez Wells also delivered 18, getting to the free throw line 10 times. For Florida State, Ian Miller and Aaron Thomas combined for 31 points, getting little resistance when attacking the paint.

The game was tight throughout, with no team opening up a double-digit lead until late in the second half, when the Noles went up by 11, but Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon continued to throw out a variety of defenses (man, zone, full court), which the Noles were slow to adjust to, with helps explain the 19 turnovers. Of course it helped that FSU was  +13 in rebounds, pulling down nearly half their misses on the offensive end.

With the win, Florida State advances to face the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers. As for Maryland, their 61-year run in the ACC is officially over. They thought sitting at the kids table behind Duke and North Carolina in basketball was bad, wait to how unloved they’ll feel sitting at the kids table in football in a conference that features Ohio State and Michigan.

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