Florida St. handles Miami


Published: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE — Jason Rich scored 16 points and Al Thornton added 15 Saturday as Florida State ran past Miami 86-67 and escaped the Atlantic Coast Conference basement.

The Seminoles, who came into the game as one of four ACC teams with just one league victory, shot 50.9 percent and were 13 of 23 from 3-point range.

Rich sparked an early run that put the Seminoles up by a dozen midway through the first half and the game was never close afterward. Florida State, which led by 33 late in the game, built its lead to 60-36 early in the second half and upped it to 69-39 on Jerel Allen's layup with 10:59 left.

Florida State (14-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference ) led 47-28 at the half, benefiting mostly from deadly outside shooting — hitting 9 of 13 from 3-point distance.

The Seminoles hit 7 of their first 10 tries from long distance while building a 25-13 lead midway through the opening half. Two of Rich's 3-point shots, just 28 seconds apart, started an 18-5 Seminole run that opened the early 12-point lead.

The Hurricanes (9-11, 2-4) were led by Denis Clemente's 15 points.

At the half, Florida State retired the uniform jersey of former player and coach Hugh Durham, whose 1972 Seminoles finished as the 1972 NCAA runner-up to UCLA. He joins former player Dave Cowens as the lone Seminoles whose jerseys hang in the rafters.

TEXAS TECH 69, NO. 5 KANSAS 64

Darryl Dora scored 19 points as host Texas Tech (14-5, 3-1 Big 12) snapped No. 5 Kansas' 10-game win streak.

Alan Voskuil tipped in a rebound with 35 seconds remaining after Jay Jackson missed a shot to seal the win. After Kansas (16-3, 3-1) missed two 3-point attempts, Tech got the rebound and passed the ball to a wide open Martin Zeno who dunked it to cap the upset.

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