Without Scott, Miami shot 40.6 percent the night after being held to 33.3 percent by Georgia Tech in a 54-36 wrestling match. The Hurricanes shot 43.6 percent for the season in coach Jim Larranaga’s first season.
The Seminoles advanced on the strength of their typically staunch defense and precise 3-point shooting. FSU converted nine of its 16 3-point tries, a 56.3 percent clip. Guard Michael Snaer made four of five 3-pointers and led FSU with 20 points. Guard Ian Miller added 18 points off the bench.
After taking a 36-27 halftime lead, the Seminoles permitted Miami to close to 62-59 with 4:10 to play on a jump shot by forward Kenny Kadji. FSU answered with an 8-0 run over the next two minutes to seal the game.
It will be the Seminoles’ third tournament semifinal since joining the league in 1992. FSU has made one final, a 2009 run powered by Jonesboro High grad Toney Douglas that culminated in a loss to Duke in Atlanta.
The run of coach Leonard Hamilton and his team continues. The Seminoles tied a school record with 12 ACC wins this season, earning Hamilton ACC coach of the year honors for the second time in his career. FSU also swept the four North Carolina schools (Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest) for the first time in school history.
The Seminoles split their series with Duke, each taking wins on the other’s home court. In Durham on Jan. 21, FSU shot 54.0 percent from the field, the last basket a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Snaer for a 76-73 win. It snapped Duke’s 45-game winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium.