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XAVIER -5.5, O/U 156.5
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FSU comeback and payback as Seminoles oust top-seeded Xavier

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Florida State senior Phil Cofer knows the biggest key to making any comeback, especially in the NCAA Tournament.

Don't get rattled.

Now the Florida State Seminoles are on their way to the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 for the first time since 2011 after upsetting top-seeded Xavier with a furious rally.

PJ Savoy made a 3- pointer with 1:08 left to give Florida State its first lead of the second half, and the Seminoles rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat the Musketeers 75-70 on Sunday night in the second round of the West Region.

''Everybody kept their composure, and that's what you got to do in March Madness,'' Cofer said. ''And I think we did it.''

The Seminoles did just that when trailing by 12 with 10:42 left and outscored Xavier 31-14 down the stretch, including the final seven points of the game.

''We were much better than Xavier in the last two and a half minutes of the game,'' Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. ''Sometimes when the games are close, that's all that's important.''

They made Xavier the second No. 1 seed ousted in tournament's first weekend, sending the Musketeers (29-6) out along with Virginia. It's a painful ending for a team that returned four starters from a team that lost in the Elite Eight last year - to Gonzaga, the team Florida State (22-11) will play Thursday night in Los Angeles.

''Obviously, tough loss for our group,'' Xavier coach Chris Mack said . ''Pretty emotional ending, the finality of what I think is the greatest sporting event in our country.''

Senior guard J.P. Macura said he felt this was the best team he's played on.

''For us to lose this early, it just, it feels terrible,'' a quiet Macura said in the locker room.

Savoy also hit a pair of free throws with 21.6 seconds left putting Florida State up 73-70. Kerem Kanter shot an air ball from beyond the arc at the top of the key with 7 seconds to go for Xavier, and CJ Walker added a pair of free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining.

Terance Mann picked off a long pass by Paul Scruggs off Xavier's inbound pass before running in front of Seminoles' fans to start the party. After jumping around on the court and hugging, the jubilant Seminoles ran over to their fans in the stands and slapped high-fives.

This was sweet payback for Florida State after then-No. 11 seed Xavier routed the Seminoles 91-66 a year ago in the very same round in the same region. Hamilton lost his top three scorers - two to the NBA Draft - from that team.

''Definitely ... ,'' Cofer said. ''I don't think anybody gets a chance to play them again two times in a year.''

The Musketeers didn't get the chance to run away this time around after they took a 12-point lead. They led 56-44 with 10:42 left. But Xavier didn't score a field goal after Kanter's jumper with 3:56 left for a 68-66 lead. Mfiondu Kabengele scored his second straight bucket tying it up at 68 with 2:32 to go.

Scruggs hit two free throws with 1:49 left, and that was the last points for Xavier. The Musketeers turned it over three times after that, twice by star Trevon Bluiett.

Braian Angola led five Seminoles in double figures with 16 points. Trent Forrest added 13, Savoy finished with 11, and Cofer and Mann each had 10.

Macura led Xavier with 17 points, Kerem Kanter had 15 and Scruggs had 11.

BIG PICTURE

Florida State: This will be just the fifth Sweet 16 appearance for the Seminoles and second under Hamilton. ... The Seminoles had lost their first two games against No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament, losing to Kentucky in 1980 and 1993. They also beat Xavier for the first time in three tries.

Xavier: The Musketeers had been 23-1 when allowing less than 80 points. ... Macura fouled out with 2:06 to go, and Bluiett finished with just eight points and five turnovers. It was just his third game all season in single digits.

UP NEXT

Florida State: Gonzaga in Los Angeles.

Xavier: Mack will have to replace Bluiett, Macura and Kanter. But Mack noted Xavier has graduated 105 seniors dating back to 1985-86 and will be back.

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Key Players
T. Mann
14 G
T. Bluiett
5 G
34.4 Min. Per Game 34.4
19.6 Pts. Per Game 19.6
2.5 Ast. Per Game 2.5
5.6 Reb. Per Game 5.6
56.3 Field Goal % 43.7
26.0 Three Point % 41.7
66.1 Free Throw % 84.8
  Bad pass turnover on Paul Scruggs, stolen by Terance Mann 3.0
+ 1 CJ Walker made 2nd of 2 free throws 6.0
+ 1 CJ Walker made 1st of 2 free throws 6.0
  Personal foul on Tyrique Jones 6.0
  Defensive rebound by Florida State 7.0
  Kerem Kanter missed 3-pt. jump shot 9.0
+ 1 PJ Savoy made 2nd of 2 free throws 22.0
+ 1 PJ Savoy made 1st of 2 free throws 22.0
  Personal foul on Kaiser Gates 22.0
  Lost ball turnover on Trevon Bluiett, stolen by Braian Angola 45.0
+ 3 PJ Savoy made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trent Forrest 1:09
Team Stats
Points 75 70
Field Goals 24-55 (43.6%) 23-49 (46.9%)
3-Pointers 8-23 (34.8%) 5-13 (38.5%)
Free Throws 19-22 (86.4%) 19-30 (63.3%)
Total Rebounds 32 33
Offensive 9 10
Defensive 21 20
Team 2 3
Assists 7 11
Steals 10 6
Blocks 4 2
Turnovers 14 18
Fouls 23 22
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
17 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo 9 Florida State 22-11 324375
home team logo 1 Xavier 29-6 343670
Team Stats
away team logo 9 Florida State 22-11 77.5 PPG 39.5 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo 1 Xavier 29-6 72.0 PPG 38.4 RPG 14.6 APG
Key Players
00
B. Angola G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
J. Macura G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
B. Angola G 16 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
J. Macura G 17 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
43.6 FG% 46.9
34.8 3PT FG% 38.5
86.4 FT% 63.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Angola 16 6 3 5/12 3/7 3/3 3 36 2 1 2 1 5
P. Cofer 10 3 0 3/8 1/5 3/3 2 25 2 0 3 0 3
C. Koumadje 2 1 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 3 11 0 2 0 0 1
C. Walker 2 1 1 0/3 0/1 2/2 1 14 0 0 3 1 0
B. Allen 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Angola 16 6 3 5/12 3/7 3/3 3 36 2 1 2 1 5
P. Cofer 10 3 0 3/8 1/5 3/3 2 25 2 0 3 0 3
C. Koumadje 2 1 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 3 11 0 2 0 0 1
C. Walker 2 1 1 0/3 0/1 2/2 1 14 0 0 3 1 0
B. Allen 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Forrest 13 5 3 5/8 0/0 3/4 4 26 4 0 2 0 5
P. Savoy 11 1 0 3/6 3/5 2/2 2 18 1 0 2 0 1
T. Mann 10 2 0 4/5 1/1 1/2 1 24 1 0 1 1 1
M. Kabengele 9 6 0 3/5 0/0 3/4 4 23 0 1 0 3 3
I. Obiagu 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 1 2 0
M. Walker 0 3 0 0/6 0/4 0/0 1 14 0 0 0 1 2
T. Light - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lindner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Polite - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Prieto - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Wilkes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 30 7 24/55 8/23 19/22 23 200 10 4 14 9 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Macura 17 5 2 6/8 2/3 3/6 5 27 0 0 4 2 3
K. Kanter 15 6 1 6/10 0/1 3/4 3 22 0 0 1 2 4
T. Bluiett 8 1 1 2/8 1/3 3/4 3 32 2 0 5 0 1
Q. Goodin 6 3 2 2/5 0/0 2/2 4 29 2 0 3 0 3
N. Marshall 0 2 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 12 1 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Macura 17 5 2 6/8 2/3 3/6 5 27 0 0 4 2 3
K. Kanter 15 6 1 6/10 0/1 3/4 3 22 0 0 1 2 4
T. Bluiett 8 1 1 2/8 1/3 3/4 3 32 2 0 5 0 1
Q. Goodin 6 3 2 2/5 0/0 2/2 4 29 2 0 3 0 3
N. Marshall 0 2 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 12 1 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Scruggs 11 1 2 3/9 1/2 4/6 1 24 0 0 1 0 1
T. Jones 7 5 0 2/3 0/0 3/6 2 14 0 0 0 4 1
K. Gates 6 5 1 2/5 1/3 1/2 3 32 1 1 3 1 4
S. O'Mara 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 1 0 1 1
L. Schrand - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Harden - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Singleton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Vanderpohl - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 70 30 11 23/49 5/13 19/30 22 200 6 2 18 10 20