‘Noles beat the buzzer (twice) to down Virginia Tech

Unbelievable. That’s really the only way you could describe how Florida State played over the final five minutes and 6.7 seconds of an overtime victory over Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament. Trailing 56-53, the Seminoles had one last chance to tie the game in regulation with 6.7 seconds to play after squandering a 13 point first-half lead.

Leonard Hamilton trotted out a lineup of Trent Forrest, PJ Savoy, Devin Vassell, Terance Mann, and Phil Cofer. Surely it’d be one of the four veterans who has made countless clutch plays during their careers taking the shot, right? Nope. Instead, the ball went to the true freshman, who caught it on the run and drilled a triple from the corner to knot the game at 56 just before the buzzer.

FSU continued to battle in overtime as the game went down to the wire. Virginia Tech guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker hit a three with 1:46 to play to give the Hokies a three-point lead before Cofer answered with a triple of his own less than 30 seconds later to tie it back up.

Then, Mann put the cap on things with a clutch basket. The senior pushed the ball upcourt following a VT miss with 13 seconds left and then took a running mid-range jumper. The ball bounced off of the back of the rim, almost rolled out, and then went down with less than two seconds to play.

Florida State survived another thrilling game against the Hokies and up next for the ‘Noles is another great team from the same state, the Virginia Cavaliers.


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