Florida State vs. Miami: RayQuan Evans' late free throws hand Hurricanes' first loss
January 13, 2022
In a game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Miami Hurricanes on Tuesday night, point guard RayQuan Evans made two free throws with less than a second left on the clock leading the Seminoles to a 65-64 win over the Hurricanes.
Charlie Moore led Miami with 20 points, while Kameron McGusty contributed 17 points. The Hurricanes led for most of the game, but the Seminoles could pull out the victory. Leading the Seminoles, Matthew Cleveland scored 17 points. Anthony Polite nailed 12 points following the shooting guard, and Evans had an 11-point game, including the game-winning free throw.
Despite the loss, Miami still remains in first place in the ACC. The next few games for the Hurricanes are against teams currently in the top half of the conference, including North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Despite the loss, Miami has an excellent foundation to start ACC play by winning its first five games continuously.
The game started with back-to-back turnovers by the Seminoles, and Sam Waardenburg opened the scoring for Miami with a dunk. Miami then took advantage of its offensive board and led 8-5.
After Caleb Mills missed three straight-pointers, McGusty scored four consecutive baskets. During this scoring drought, Leonard Hamilton of the Seminoles called a timeout.
Cam'Ron Fletcher came off the bench to spark the offense for the Seminoles, and he was able to convert an and-one to break the drought for Florida State. Matthew Cleveland also made a crucial play in the paint and closed the gap by one point.
After a turnover by the Hurricanes, Mills found Malik Osborne for a lay-up, and then, moments later, RayQuan Evans stole the ball and launched a powerful slam. A turnover by the Hurricanes led to a 20-18 lead by the Seminoles. Then, Jim Larrañaga, Miami's coach, called the final timeout.
Florida State's offense went scoreless again, and the Hurricanes took advantage of the opportunity after the timeout. A lay-up by Moore and a couple of Wong's made a five-point cushion for Miami. The score is 27-24; Miami led the game.
The turnover by the Seminoles led to Wong's wide-open dunk, and after a couple of minutes, Cleveland's drive returned the favor. With less than a minute left in the first half, Evans went on a fast break and hit a floater to cut the deficit to one point.
The Hurricanes had a 29-28 lead to start the second half. Both teams committed multiple turnovers. Despite shooting 41.9 percent from the field, the Seminoles could only make 1-10 three-point shots. After scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds, Seminoles' Anthony Polite was named as the team's first-half MVP.
Both teams kept going at it, returning one score after the other. After a turnover by Miami, a three-point shot by Evans gave Florida State the lead back. A couple of minutes later, Wong took the lead back to Miami with his three-pointer, and the Hurricanes led with a 53-52 score.
Trailing by two, Anthony Polite was able to hit two free throws. The Seminoles went on a run after a defensive stop, Osborne hit a three-point shot to give Florida State the lead. Miami called a timeout with 24.7 seconds remaining.
After Miami missed several shots from the field, Miller found Moore for a wide-open three-point shot with seven seconds left in the game. Miami had a one-point lead at this point.
After a timeout, Evans drove to the basket and was fouled by Moore. He made both free throw attempts with point eight seconds left and sealed the win for Florida State.
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