Feb. 18, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State lassoed Miami's Jack McClinton on Wednesday and it was enough to get the Seminoles a critical win.
The Miami scoring machine went nearly 25½ minutes without scoring and finished with just 13 points against a trio of Florida State defenders.
Florida State (20-6, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) made 31 of 35 free throws and put the clamps on McClinton for most of the game, limiting him to 13 points. McClinton, who had scored 101 points in the last three games, had just five at halftime.
"They face-guarded me the whole game, it didn't matter when it was," said McClinton, adding it was the best he'd been defended this season.
"I'm not sure one guy could defend him for 40 minutes," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I think everyone understood if you didn't defend him with great energy, he would hand you your hat and show you the door."
Echefu nearly had his double-double by halftime with nine points and eight rebounds.
"I just think this was one of those nights I had to score not just play defense," he said.
James Dews led Miami (15-10, 4-8) with a season-high 19 points.
Douglas, who spent much of his time in the first half helping defend McClinton, scored 17 of his points in the second half.
As a result of chasing McClinton for much of the contest, he had to ice his knees after a game for the first time in his life.
"If he's going to get his points, he's going to have to work for it," Douglas said. "I know I'm working for it.
"He's a good player. He stayed moving."
It was a different story from the last time the two dandy guards squared off when McClinton scored 28 to spark Miami to a 75-69 win last month on its home floor. Douglas had 30 in the losing effort.
Solomon Alabi's 3-point play gave the Seminoles a 33-31 lead coming out of the halftime break and the Seminoles never trailed again.
The difference was at the free throw line where Douglas made 14 of 15 and Echefu hit 9 of 10 while Miami made 14 of 24.
Miami led 31-30 at the half after making up an early 10-2 deficit. Miami caught up to tie the game at 16 on a layup by Dews with 9:06 left in the half and the battle was on.
Ryan Reid's baseline jumper with 4:16 left boosted Florida State into a 28-22 advantage, but Dews' 15-foot jumper from inside the top of the circle capped a 9-2 Hurricane run to end the half and give Miami its one-point halftime advantage.
The Seminoles visit Virginia Tech on Saturday, then travel to Boston College for a Tuesday game before returning home Feb. 28 to host Clemson.