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College basketball

Late basket sinks Notre Dame

– Ian Miller hit a floater in the lane with 4 seconds remaining to give Florida State a 76-74 win against Notre Dame in their first meeting as Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.

Aaron Thomas scored 20 points in his first start of the season as Florida State held on. Miller finished with 11 points and the biggest bucket of the game.

Teammate Okaro White chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Eric Atkins led Notre Dame with 24 points while teammate Garrick Sherman finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Florida State should have been able to put the game away after shooting 58 percent from the floor and a 10-point lead with 7:55 left.

But the Seminoles couldn’t get stops in the second half.

Notre Dame’s Pat Connaughton hit a layup with 34 seconds left to tie at 74-74.

Then it was Miller time.

The Seminoles took a timeout and left Miller isolated at the top of the key while the Irish sat in a zone. Miller passed the ball twice and got it right back before driving into the teeth of the defense and flipping up a floater in the paint to win the game with 4 seconds left.

“He hit a tough shot,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. “You’ve got to give a really good player a lot of credit for knocking down a big shot at a key time.”

The Seminoles (13-5, 4-2) have won eight of 10 with both losses against Virginia.

Florida State hits the road Saturday to take on No. 18 Duke.

Notre Dame (11-8, 2-4) has gone 1-4 since upsetting Duke. The Irish face Wake Forest on Saturday.

The Seminoles couldn’t miss from behind the arc in the first half, hitting 5 of 7. That left Florida State 21 of 31 combined in their last three halves at home.

Men

TEXAS 67, No. 22 KANSAS ST. 64: In Austin, Texas, Jonathan Holmes made a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the Longhorns to their fourth straight victory in the Big 12.

Javan Felix scored 23 points to lead Texas (15-4, 4-2) and Cam Ridley scored 18. Holmes finished with 10 points. Thomas Gipson scored 24 points for Kansas State (14-5, 4-2), which had tied the game at 64 on Shane Southwell’s twisting, off-balance layup with 5 seconds to play.

HUNTINGTON 72, SAINT FRANCIS 60: The Foresters (17-4, 7-2 Crossroads League), ranked 20th in NAIA Division II, shot down the cold-shooting No. 8 Cougars behind T.J. Short’s 21 points and Shane Merryman’s 14. The Cougars (15-6, 7-2) shot just 36 percent (22 of 61) and got 42 points from Kegan Comer (22 points) and Scott Kohne (20).

GRACE 85, MOUNT VERNON NAZARENE 73: Greg Miller (23 points) and Logan Irwin (20) led five Lancers in double figures at Mount Vernon, Ohio. Grace (12-8, 4-5 Crossroads League) outrebounded Mount Vernon (4-16, 1-8) 36-25 and led by six at the half despite Mount Vernon’s 55.6 percent shooting (15 of 27).

PROVIDENCE 65, BUTLER 56: In Providence, R.I., Bryce Cotton scored 18 points and Kadeem Batts added 14 and grabbed 17 rebounds helping the Friars (14-5, 4-2) to their fourth straight Big East win.

Kellen Dunham led the Bulldogs (11-8, 1-6) with 17 points, and Khyle Marshall scored 15.

MISSOURI STATE 64, EVANSVILLE 61: In Springfield, Mo., Jarmar Gulley tied a career high with 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Bears (13-6, 3-4 Missouri Valley Conference).

D.J. Balentine, the leading scorer in the conference, had 18 points for the Aces (9-11, 2-5) and Egidijus Mockevicius added 10.

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