Miami Knocks Off No. 21 Florida State
Jan. 27, 2005
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – Yalonda McCormick scored 23 points – including thelast four of the game – to give Miami its first Atlantic Coast Conferencevictory, a 62-57 upset Thursday night over No. 21 Florida State.
Miami ended a five-game losing streak in the series and snapped FloridaState’s overall five-game winning streak. The victory was the first in theseries for ACC newcomer Miami (9-10, 1-5) since the 1988-89 season.
Ganiyat Adeduntan had 17 points and Roneeka Hodges 16 to lead Florida State(18-3, 5-2). Tamara James added 18 points for the Hurricanes, who forcedFlorida State into 19 turnovers.
Trailing for most of the second half, Miami took the lead for good at 52-51on a jumper by James with 5:46 left. The Hurricanes built their lead to itslargest margin at 58-53 with 1:54 to go.
Then LaQuinta Neely and Alicia Gladden responded with consecutive jumpers tocut the deficit to a point. But McCormick made a layup and drew a foul. Shemisfired on the free throw, but Gladden missed a 3-pointer with 21 seconds leftand Miami rebounded.
McCormick was fouled and hit two free throws with 17 seconds left.
The Hurricanes went on a 7-0 run before the break cut Florida State’shalftime lead to 31-28. The Seminoles led by as many as 11 points in the firsthalf.