Florida State Beats Maryland, 67-65

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Dez Wells and Seth Allen each scored 18 points as Maryland fell to Florida State 67-65 in Thursday's second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Boris Bojanovsky took a pass from Okaro White and threw down a dunk with 0.4 seconds left to lift Florida State past Maryland.

Bojanovsky's dunk capped a tense final 2 minutes that saw Maryland fight back from an 11-point deficit and twice tie it. But the final score advanced the ninth-seeded Seminoles (19-12).

With the seconds ticking down, Ian Miller sent a pass into the post for White, who immediately flipped the ball to a waiting Bojanovsky on the left block for the winning score.

"I’m really proud of my team," said head coach Mark Turgeon. "I thought we played unbelievably hard. We didn’t always play great, but we played hard. We lost to a really good team in Florida State. But it’s just hard in the way we lost. I really thought our defense was pretty good. We took Ian Miller out of the game with that play. Charles stayed long, we zoned up, got a hand on the ball, but kind of the way it’s been all year, bounced right to their guy and he laid it in."

Bkjanovsky also came through at the line, hitting two free throws with 36.2 seconds left after Maryland had fought back to tie the game at 63 on Jake Layman's transition dunk with 1:49 left.

Wells scored 18 points to lead Maryland (17-15), including two free throws with 15.1 seconds left to tie it after Bojanovsky's free throws.

Maryland led 34-32 at halftime behind Allen's early burst and 43-42 on Wells' dunk at the 14:34 mark, but the Terps hit a 4-minute scoring drought that opened the door for the Seminoles. Aaron Thomas led the 11-0 charge by jumping in front of a pass near halfcourt for a steal and a breakaway dunk followed by a 3-pointer before Bojanovsky ended the run with a putback to make it 53-43 with 10:34 to play.

"You know, the thing I’m most proud of, though, is a lot of teams would have quit," Turgeon said. "We were in every single game. We competed until the end. We had a lot of things to overcome, and that’s really what I’m most proud of with this team because a lot of teams would have been so devastated they couldn’t bounce back."

Allen scored 18 points and hit four 3-pointers for Maryland, which shot 35 percent after halftime.