White seals FSU's victory
TALLAHASSEE - It looked like a runaway for most of the game, but Florida State needed a clutch basket from its youngest player in the final minute to choke off a furious Miami comeback and win 65-59. Okaro White, a freshman from Clearwater High starting in place of injured Chris Singleton, knocked down a 10-foot jumper with 31 seconds remaining Saturday that gave Florida State a 64-59 lead after Malcolm Grant's 3-point shot 25 seconds earlier moved the Hurricanes to within 62-59. "I'd gotten a charge the last time I tried that (drive to the basket) so I had to pull up and take the jump shot," said the 6-foot-8, 200-pound White, who led the Seminoles ((20-8, 10-4 ACC) with seven rebounds and shared team scoring honors with Deividas Dulkys with 17 points. Bernard James added the final point in the Seminoles' win with a free throw with 12 seconds left.White hit 6 of 11 shots and grabbed seven rebounds; Dulkys connected on 4 of 8 3-point attempts. "He stepped it up when we needed him," Dulkys said about the 18-year-old White. "He's a very good player. You can't count him as a freshman." Grant led Miami with 19 points and 6-10, 300-pound center Reggie Johnson added 17 points and 12 rebounds. UM (17-12, 5-9) fought back from a 22-point, first-half deficit but couldn't overcome a 31.7-percent shooting effort (20 of 63)."We didn't match their intensity to start that ballgame," Miami coach Frank Haith said. "They jumped out on us. We were fighting uphill the rest of the game."