Florida State hands No. 22 UMass 1st defeat, 60-55

By Steven Wine, Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 21, 2013 at 2:36 p.m.



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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State scored the game's final six points Saturday, including two free throws by Ian Miller with 1:06 left that put the Seminoles ahead, and they handed No. 22 Massachusetts its first defeat of the season, 60-55, in the Orange Bowl Classic.

Aaron Thomas scored 18 points for Florida State and was voted the game's most valuable player. His two free throws with 2 seconds left sealed the victory.

Florida State (8-3) beat a ranked team for the second time this season. UMass (10-1) had been off to its best start since 1995.

Chaz Williams' driving layup put UMass ahead 55-54 with 1:51 to go, but the Minutemen failed to score on their final four possessions while committing two turnovers, including one when Cady Lalanne was called for hanging on the rim after he sank a dunk.

Lalanne, a junior, scored 10 points and tied a career high with 15 rebounds. Derrick Gordon had 12 points for UMass, and Williams scored 10.

The Minutemen shot a season-low 33 percent and went 1 for 15 from 3-point range, including 0 for 12 by their starters. Their point total was a season low, 29 below their average.

Florida State had season lows in points and shooting, hitting just 37 percent. The Seminoles went 1 for 7 from 3-point range.

They were coming off highest scoring game since 2005, scoring 106 points in a win over Charlotte.

Neither team led by more than five points, and the lead changed hands 13 times as both teams struggled offensively from the start. The Seminoles missed 16 of their first 19 shots, while UMass missed its first eight 3-point tries.

Montay Brandon had eight points and nine rebounds for Florida State.

UMass scored nine consecutive points to lead 11-6. Florida State was up 30-28 at halftime.

The Seminoles trailed for most of the second half before Miller put them ahead to stay.

Florida State wore turquoise uniforms to raise awareness for Native American and Aboriginal youth.

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