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Iowa nips Florida State in overtime

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Florida State had opportunities to win Wednesday’s game against Iowa, but the Hawkeyes escaped with a 78-75 win in overtime at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. A crucial Seminoles’ turnover with 19 seconds remaining sealed FSU’s fate.

The Seminoles got off to a 6-0 start and stretched the lead to 17-8 with 11:57 left in the first half. Iowa responded with a 17-4 run to take a 25-21 lead with 4:52 remaining. Another Seminole surge gave Florida State the lead at halftime, 32-31.

Neither team opened any space during the second half. Iowa’s biggest lead of the game came with 10:57 remaining when they took a 52-47 advantage. Two Malik Beasley three-pointers gave the lead back to the Seminoles. Neither team led by more than two during the rest of regulation.

With 42 seconds remaining in overtime, Xavier Rathan-Mayes made one of two free throws to give Florida State a 72-71 lead. Peter Jok hit a three-pointer to give Iowa a two-point lead.

On the other end, Rathan-Mayes slipped, causing a turnover. After two Iowa free throws, Rathan-Mayes made a circus-style three-pointer to get FSU within one, but the Hawkeyes made two free throws to close the scoring.

Beasley and Rathan-Mayes led FSU in scoring with 20 and 15 points, respectively. Boris Bojanovsky had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Jok scored a career 24 points for Iowa while Jarrod Uthoff had 15. The Hawkeyes shot 42 percent from the field while Florida State made 38 percent of their shots.

Iowa’s victory clinched the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the Big 10, 8 games to 6.

FSU hosts the Virginia Commonwealth Rams on Sunday at the Civic Center. Tip-off is 2:00 p.m.

Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at

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