And just like that, Maryland’s 61-year run in the ACC is over.
In a 65-65 game with time winding down in the second half, Florida State guard Ian Miller took a screen from center Boris Bojanovsky. Maryland’s Charles Mitchell hedged out on a screen to double Miller. The senior found forward Okaro White with a pass in the paint.
White, too, was double-teamed, but he managed to find Bojanovsky, who had rolled to the basket after setting a screen for Miller. The 7-3 sophomore dunked it with 0.4 seconds to play to give Florida State the 67-65 win on Thursday afternoon in Greensboro, N.C.
Maryland is eliminated from the 2014 ACC tournament and the program’s time in the conference has officially come to an end.
Bojanovsky finished with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor and grabbed 12 rebounds against an undermanned Maryland front line that could do little to stop him.
Seth Allen and Dez Wells drove Maryland’s offense with 18 points each. Two free throws from Wells with 0:15 to play in the second half tied the game at 65-65.
It was the first time in four years that Maryland failed to win at least one game in the ACC tournament. Read more below.
Florida State 67, Maryland 65
EVAN SMOTRYCZ BACK SPASMS
Maryland junior forward Evan Smotrycz was sidelined on Thursday with back spasms. He was on the bench and dressed, but did not play. As a result, Maryland’s offense took a hit early.
Unable to stretch the defense with his three-point shooting, Florida State hedged out on ball screens in man-to-man defense and stifled the Terrapins’ offense early. As sophomore Seth Allen found his stroke, though, that became less important.
Instead, the troubles shifted to the defensive end of the floor, where Florida State’s size and length took over. Damonte Dodd saw minutes in the first half, as did John Auslander.
CHARLES MITCHELL JAMS FINGERS
Maryland forward Charles Mitchell left Thursday’s game against Florida State with just over 10 minutes to play in the second half after suffering an apparent hand injury.
With 10:39 to play, he blocked the shot of Florida State’s Okaro White. While going for the ensuing loose ball, he appeared to jam a finger on his left hand. He was in immediate pain and visibly upset by the injury.
He would return to the game with under four minutes to play with his fingers taped.
BATTLING BORIS BOJANOVSKY
Especially without Evan Smotrycz, Maryland was thin on the interior. Against a team with two seven-footers in the regular rotation, that’s problematic. Maryland started the game with bulk on the interior--Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare--but had to shuffle the cards to account for what Bojanovsky could do.
The most effective combination Turgeon found in the first half was Charles Mitchell face-guarding him, with junior Jonathan Graham rotating over to help. That size/length combo disrupted Bojanovsky and did the best job of limiting what he could do inside.
But he came alive again in the second half, including the game-winning dunk with less than one second to play. He finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Maryland had two separate stretches of four or more minutes without a field goal in the second half. The first allowed Florida State to flip a one-point deficit into a nine-point lead.
The second kept Maryland from capitalizing on a dry spell for Florida State, as well.
IAN MILLER SHOWS UP
Maryland did not have to deal with senior Ian Miller during the second matchup between these two teams at Comcast Center. That day, Miller was out with an injury. On Thursday, he reminded Maryland what they had been missing.
The North Carolina native shot 56 percent from the floor and scored 17 points to lead the Seminoles in scoring and pace the team’s offense.
ANOTHER CLOSE CONTEST
Maryland has now lost seven games this season by four points or less. Thursday’s loss joins losses to Connecticut, George Washington, Pittsburgh, Duke, Syracuse, and Clemson.