TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State hasn't found itself in many close games late in the second half this season, but Wednesday night it was trailing No. 15 Notre Dame 64-62 with 5:40 remaining.
The 10th-ranked Seminoles then showed that they were able to go on a late run and close out a game, going on an 11-1 run and holding on for an 83-80 victory to move into a three-way tie atop the Atlantic Coast Conference at the one-third mark in conference play.
"We needed to show that we could close out a game," said FSU point guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who had eight points. "It started defensively but we also hit some big shots. A lot of guys stepped up for us tonight. It showed our maturity tonight and how much we've grown."