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Terps fall at buzzer to Seminoles, eliminated from ACC tournament

Seth Allen scored 18 points, but it wasn't enough to lift the Terps past the Seminoles.
Seth Allen scored 18 points, but it wasn't enough to lift the Terps past the Seminoles.
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The Maryland Terrapins battled Florida State for 40 minutes, only to watch a defensive breakdown on the final possession result in a game- winning dunk with just .04 seconds remaining in the contest.

The 67-65 loss means that the Terrapins are knocked out of the conference tournament and have closed out 61 years of ACC basketball, an end that comes in heartbreaking fashion.

Seth Allen and Dez Wells each scored a game-high 18 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome Florida State's advantage on the interior.

Florida State out-rebounded Maryland 39-26 and outscored the Terps in the post. Maryland was able to use some full-court press to counteract that and force 19 turnovers, but it simply wasn't enough.

Charles Mitchell missed a significant portion of the second half with two dislocated fingers but did manage to return to the game. Evan Smotrycz was a game-time decision due to back spasms but never made his way into the game.

To make things a bit more interesting, Mark Turgeon seemed pretty irritated after the game that Smotrycz wasn't available after warming up with the team and almost insinuated that he simply didn't want to play.

With the loss also comes the realization that the Terps won't be a part of March Madness for the fourth straight year. It's hard to fathom that an entire class of Maryland students won't ever see the Terps play in the NCAA tournament while attending the school.

Maryland does seem to be a likely choice for the NIT again. The Terps played in the NIT last year, losing to Iowa in the semifinals. While another trip to the NIT will have fans grumbling, or maybe even indifferent at this point, it should provide important experience and additional practice time and game action for what is generally a very young team.

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