Tourney ti­tle is ex­tra special for Semi­noles

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that’s some­thing we can hang our hat on as a pos­i­tive.”

Devin Vas­sell was the only other Semi­nole scor­ing in dou­ble fig­ures with 13 points. That in­cluded the fi­nal two free throws in over­time af­ter get­ting fouled when he grabbed a missed Pur­due shot.

Matt Haarms led the Boil­er­mak­ers with 16 points fol­lowed by Ja­haad Proc­tor with 12 and Eric Hunter Jr. with 10.

It was a back-and-forth game with 10 lead changes and 11 ties. Florida State never led by more than four points while the Boil­er­mak­ers briefly went ahead by seven early in the se­cond half af­ter trail­ing 27-24 at the in­ter­mis­sion.

Pur­due won the re­bound­ing bat­tle 48-33 but had 24 turnovers to only 13 for Florida State.

It was Florida State’s eighth straight over­time vic­tory start­ing with a

The Semi­noles have been on a roll since open­ing the season with a 63-61 road loss to At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence foe Pittsburgh. They boast a seven-game win­ning streak that in­cludes two vic­to­ries against ranked teams, thenNo. 6 Florida on Nov. 10 and No. 17 Ten­nessee in an Emer­ald Coast semi­fi­nal on Fri­day. That should be enough to move Florida State into the Top 25, which was just a few votes shy of mak­ing it in the cur­rent AP poll. The rest of the al­ways tough ACC sched­ule, though, looms with a home game against Clem­son on Dec. 8 af­ter a trip to In­di­ana on Tues­day.

Pur­due: The Boil­er­mak­ers will have to re­group quickly as they next face No. 7 and de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Vir­ginia on the road. Their trip to the Florida Pan­han­dle, though, did pro­duce some pos­i­tive results with a 59-56 vic­tory over a ranked team, No. 20 VCU in the tour­na­ment’s semi­fi­nal on Fri­day.

At 7-3, Haarms was the tallest player on the court while Florida State ro­tated a pair of 7-foot­ers: 7-1 Balsa Ko­priv­ica and 7-0 Do­minik Ole­jniczak. Haarms out­played both, who scored only six points com­bined. He also out­re­bounded them 8-3.

All three are Euro­peans. Haarms is a ju­nior from Am­s­ter­dam, Nether­lands; Ko­priv­ica hails from Bel­grade, Ser­bia; and Ole­jniczak calls Torun, Poland, home. While Haarms has two prior sea­sons at Pur­due un­der his belt, both Florida State seven-foot­ers are new­com­ers. Ko­priv­ica is a fresh­man and Ole­jniczak is a grad­u­ate trans­fer stu­dent from Mis­sis­sippi.

Pain­ter notched his 350th ca­reer vic­tory when Pur­due de­feated VCU in the semi­fi­nals. It was his 325th win at Pur­due. His other wins came at South­ern Illi­nois. His ca­reer record is 350-167.

Hamil­ton has a na­tion­al­record 18 wins over ranked teams while coach­ing an un­ranked squad, a re­sult of Florida State’s semi­fi­nal vic­tory over Ten­nessee on Fri­day.

Three of the four top-tier teams in this year’s Emer­ald Coast Clas­sic will par­tic­i­pate to­gether in an­other hol­i­day tour­na­ment next Novem­ber. Ten­nessee, Florida State and VCU will be part of an eight-team field in the Charleston Clas­sic in South Carolina. Ok­la­homa State, Penn State, Hous­ton, Se­ton Hall and the Col­lege of Charleston round out the field.

Pur­due, mean­while, will head south of the bor­der to play in the 2020 Can­cun Chal­lenge against Clem­son, Mis­sis­sippi State and Illi­nois State.

The Semi­noles gets an­other dose of the Big Ten with a visit Tues­day to In­di­ana as part of the ACC-Big 10 Chal­lenge.


Florida State coach Leonard Hamil­ton, left, smiles as his play­ers pose with the tro­phy af­ter they de­feated Pur­due 63-60 in over­time to win the Emer­ald Coast Clas­sic in Niceville on Satur­day.

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