TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Dwayne Bacon scored 23 points, Jarquez Smith added 11 and No. 15 Florida State clinched a double bye in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament with a 66-57 victory over No. 25 Miami on Saturday.
The Seminoles (24-7, 12-6) will be the second seed for the tournament, which begins Tuesday at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. It is their highest seeding since they were second in 1993. Florida State, Louisville and Notre Dame are tied for second but the Seminoles have the higher seed based on a better combined record over the Irish and Cardinals.
The win also gives Florida State its first unbeaten home season since 1977-76. It is 18-0 at the Tucker Center and has won 21 straight dating tolast season.
Davon Reed led the Hurricanes (20-10, 10-8) with 22 points and Bruce Brown had 10.
The first half saw five ties and nine lead changes as Florida State led 37-34 at halftime.
Reed started the second half with a 3-pointer to tie the game at 37 before FSU went on a 12-3 run to take control. Smith, who was one of two seniors playing his final home game, had five points during the run.
Miami: The Hurricanes are still looking for their first March win over a ranked team in Jim Larranaga’s six years as coach. The loss to FSU dropped them to 0-7.
Florida State: The Seminoles have won both regular-season games against Miami for the fifth time in ACC play and first time since 2011.
Miami: ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, New York, on Wednesday against an opponent to be determined.
Florida State: ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday against an opponent to be determined.
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