After Rion Brown knocked down a 3-pointer with just over four minutes to play, the Miami mens basketball team led rival Florida State 51-50. That was the last time the Hurricanes would feel comfortable the rest of the way.
Florida State was 8-of-8 from the free-throw line during a 13-0 run down the stretch that catapulted the Seminoles to a 63-53 victory at the BankUnited Center.
Miami (9-7, 1-3) held a cushion as large as 43-38 on another 3-pointer from Brown at the 10:23 mark before Florida State eventually took back the lead at 50-48 on Ian Miller’s 3-pointer with 4:36 to play. Brown followed with the last of his 21 points, but the Hurricanes would only score two more points.
The host Seminoles (12-4, 3-1), who have won three consecutive games, had five players with at least nine points, led by Aaron Thomas’ 12 points.
A look at the rest of Wednesday’s ACC and SEC action…
Tennessee 78, Auburn 67
Five players scored in double figures and the Vols never trailed in extending a long winning streak against their SEC rivals.
Jordan McRae led the way with 21 points and Josh Richardson added 15 points for Tennessee (11-5, 2-1), which defeated Auburn at home for the ninth consecutive time and sixth straight overall.
The Vols, who haven’t lost to Auburn since 2009, also got 14 points and 14 rebounds from Jarnell Stokes - part of a 42-28 advantage on the glass - and 11 points each from Jeronne Maymon and Antonio Barton.
SEC leading scorer Chris Denson had 24 points and third-leading scorer KT Harrell added 15 for Auburn (8-6, 0-3).
Mississippi 88, LSU 74 (OT)
The host Rebels made 5-of-6 shots and 8-of-10 free throws to out-score LSU 19-5 in overtime.
The trio of Marshall Henderson (25 points), Jarvis Summers (20 points and eight assists) and Sebastian Saiz (20 points on 8-of-11 shooting) were fantastic for Mississippi (11-5, 2-1 SEC). Henderson, the SEC’s second-leading scorer, hit 6-of-12 3-pointers after coming into the game sixth in the conference in long-range shooting at 39 percent.
LSU (10-5, 1-2), which was led by Andre Stringer’s 23 points, had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Anthony Hickey missed a jumper as time expired. Mississippi scored the first 11 points of overtime.
The Rebels won their fourth consecutive home game in the series.
Texas A&M 75, South Carolina 67
The Aggies finished the game on a 24-12 run to stay unbeaten at 3-0 in SEC play.
A&M (12-4) came into the game 12th in the conference in shooting, but didn’t look it Wednesday. The Aggies made 55 percent of their shots, including 65 percent (10-of-16) in the second half.
Jamal Jones had a game-high 22 points to lead A&M, which was last in the SEC in scoring, but scored it most points since an 88-55 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on November 26.
South Carolina (7-9, 0-3), which got 14 points from Brenton Williams, lost its 12th consecutive road game.
Clemson 56, Virginia Tech 49
K.J. McDaniels had 14 points and Rod Hall added 11 as the Tigers started 3-1 in ACC play for the first time since 2009-2010.
Virginia Tech made just 4-of-14 free throws and only 41 percent of its field goal attempts in falling to 1-3 in conference play and 8-8 overall.
Clemson (12-4) won in Blacksburg for the first time since January, 2009.
Alabama 80, Mississippi State 61
Trevor Releford scored 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including a 6-of-9 performance from three-point range as the Crimson Tide cruised at home.
Alabama (8-8, 2-1 SEC) made 10-of-25 3-pointers and 52 percent of its field goals attempts in handing Mississippi State (11-5, 1-2) its 11th consecutive road defeat.
For the Crimson Tide, who have won six straight home games in the series, Shannon Hale added 12 points, Retin Obasohan had 11 and Rodney Cooper came off the bench to contribute 10 points.
Gavin Ware scored 18 points to pace the visiting Bulldogs.
Maryland 74, Notre Dame 66
The host Terps erased a nine-point halftime deficit to improve to 3-2 in ACC play.
Maryland trailed 34-25 at the break, but scored the first eight points of the second half to get within one point, and Seth Allen’s 3-pointer put the Terps up for good at 39-36 with 12:09 to play.
Notre Dame (10-7, 1-3) got as close as 43-41 on a bucket by Demetrius Jackson with nine minutes to play before Dez Wells had five of his team-high 17 points during a 9-2 run for Maryland (11-7, 3-2).
For the Fighting Irish, who were playing in College Park for the first time since December, 1986, Pat Connaughton tallied 19 points, though just four came after halftime.
Wake Forest 70, N.C. State 69
Codi Miller-McIntyre converted a lay up with four seconds left in the Demon Deacons’ home victory.
Wake Forest (12-5, 2-2 ACC) led 68-65 with 1:30 remaining before Anthony Barber hit a jumper and Desmond Lee knocked down a pair of free throws with 10 seconds to go that gave the Wolfpack (11-6, 1-3) a 69-68 advantage.
While both teams shot well in the opening half - N.C. State made 51 percent of its shots and Wake hit 53 percent - the Demon Deacons stayed hot in the second half (55 percent), but State went cold and made only 7-of-24 field goals over the final 20 minutes.
Wake won its 12th consecutive home game.