Senior Rion Brown and graduate Donnavan Kirk combined to go 17-of-29 from the field overall, hit 8-of-13 on 3-pointers, and account for 42 of the Hurricanes’ points.
The rest of the team?
The other three starters -- Tonye Jekiri, Manu Lecomte, and Garrius Adams -- and three players off the bench -- Davon Reed, Erik Swoope, and James Kelly -- managed to go only 4-of-31 from the field with only one make in 15 attempts from behind the 3-point arc for a total of a mere 11 points.
Meanwhile, the Seminoles were putting four players in double figures (12 by Aaron Thomas, 11 each by Boris Bojanovsky and Devon Booker, and 10 by Ian Miller) with a fifth just one point away (Okaro White with 9).
Even with their limited scoring punch, though, the Hurricanes were ahead when Brown hit a 3-pointer to give his team a 51-50 lead with 4:07 remaining.
But that was the final field goal for the Hurricanes for nearly four minutes, until Brown hit a meaningless dunk shot with just 25 seconds remaining.
Over the last three minutes of the game, the Seminoles outscored the Hurricanes 13-2.
“This is the kind of game we needed to win 56-54,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. “We did a lot of good things, but the last three-and-a-half minutes, they had a way to score and we didn’t.”
Florida State improved to 12-4 overall and 3-1 in the conference with a trip to Virginia for a rematch with the Cavaliers coming up Saturday. The Seminoles lost their league opener to the Cavs 62-50 on Jan. 4.