Michigan Rallies To Beat Florida State In OT
By KYLE HIGHTOWER/Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Nik Stauskas scored 26 points, including seven in overtime, as No. 14 Michigan erased a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Florida State 82-80 Friday in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Derrick Walton Jr. added 15 points and Mitch McGary had 14 points and 12 rebounds in his third game back from a back injury
The Wolverines (4-1) will play in Sunday’s game against Charlotte, which beat Northeastern 86-77 in the other semifinal.
FSU (4-1) had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but a midcourt heave by Aaron Thomas bounced off the backboard.
Ian Miller had 19 points to lead four Seminoles players in double figures, but he had just three after halftime. Okaro White added 18 points and Montay Brandon chipped in 14 in the Seminoles’ first loss of the season.
Michigan came out aggressive in overtime, with Stauskas scoring six of the Wolverines’ first eight points. He made one of two foul shots with 1:17 to play to put Michigan up 80-77.
The Seminoles misfired on two possessions that could have tied it, and Walton made a pair of free throws to make it 82-77 with 14.8 seconds left.
FSU wasn’t finished, though. Miller broke a second half scoring drought with a 3-pointer that made it 82-80 with just 5 seconds remaining.
After trailing by double figures for most of the second half, the Wolverines got a steal and 3-pointer by Spike Albrecht to cut the lead to 56-51 with 9:04 to play in regulation.
Brandon scored six straight points for FSU to make it 63-54, before a basket by Stauskas got the Wolverines back within seven.
Walton then got loose under the basket a few possessions later and was fouled as his layup dropped through to make it 64-58 with 3:52 remaining. He hit the free throw to complete the three-point play.
The Wolverines kept scrapping and got a 3-pointer from Robinson to pull back within 67-63.
Robinson then got a strip on defense and was fouled on the fast break. He hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to just a basket.
Two foul shots on the other end by Devon Bookert put FSU back up by four, but it went right back to 69-67 on a two free throws by Stauskas with less than a minute to play. FSU took the shot clock down, but Bookert’s 3-pointer from the corner was long.
Michigan called a timeout, and Stauskas took the inbounds and was able to get a layup to tie it.
Miller attempted to push the ball up the court, but stepped out of bounds just beyond midcourt. McGary got a decent look for a jumper at the buzzer, but it was just a bit too strong.
Though he was quiet in the final 20 minutes, Miller hit on six of seven shots and scored 16 points in a frenetic first half in which the Seminoles were able to build as much as a 13-point lead at one point.
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