TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Behind 22 points from Shane Larkin and a 63.8 team shooting percentage, No. 3 Miami erased an early double-digit deficit and slipped past Florida State, 74-68, for its 12th consecutive victory. Larkin, a 5-11 sophomore, scored 16 in the second half and essentially took over down the stretch. The Orlando native finished 9-of-15 from the floor and made 2 of 4 3-point attempts. After FSU tied the game at 51 with 10:05 to play, Larkin scored 13 of his team's final 23 points to ensure that the Seminoles wouldn't pull off the upset. That much wasn't certain, though, until FSU's Michael Snaer missed a long 3-pointer with the Seminoles trailing by four with 15 seconds to play. Miami started about as poorly as possible, absorbed Florida State's best shot and still escaped. After Florida State began the game with a 13-2 run, the Hurricanes (20-3, 11-0 ACC) countered with a 25-5 run of their own that helped them to a lead by as much as 11 in the first half. Florida State, though, battled back in the second half, rallying from down 51-39 for a 12-0 run that tied the game at 51 with 10:10 remaining in the game. Center Reggie Johnson added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Hurricanes, who are the first team to start 11-0 in the ACC since North Carolina did it in 2000-01. Junior forward Okaro White led Florida State (13-11, 5-6) with 15 points and seven rebounds, but fouled out with 2:04 to go. The Hurricanes shot their way out of an early deficit and took a 38-30 lead into halftime. Playing for the first time with their newly minted No. 3 ranking -- which matches the highest in school history -- the Hurricanes fell into a quick 13-2 hole after Florida State began the game with a new, freshman-heavy starting lineup. Miami's deficit quickly evaporated once coach Jim Larranaga switched to a bigger lineup and the Hurricanes' guards started heating up from the floor. The Hurricanes shot 73.9 percent (17-for-23) from the floor in the first half and got points from eight different players. Miami featured plenty of balance, too. Center Reggie Johnson led the way with eight first-half points, and four other Hurricanes scored six. Florida State freshman Devon Bookert drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to trim the Seminoles' deficit to eight points at intermission. NOTES: Miami was searching for its first victory at Florida State since Jan. 29, 2006, a streak of six consecutive games. ... The Hurricanes are the sixth team to go from unranked to the top five in four weeks or less since the AP Top 25 began in 1989-90 and the first since Connecticut accomplished the feat in 2010-11. ... Florida State has hosted three top-10 teams this season. The Seminoles previously lost to then-No. 6 Florida and then-No. 5 Duke.
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