SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Trent Forrest’s putback with 3.8 seconds left capped a ferocious late charge as No. 7 Florida State beat Notre Dame 73-71 Wednesday night to move closer to an Atlantic Coast Conference title.
Forrest’s basket gave the Seminoles (25-5, 15-4) just their second lead all night, the other coming at 5-4 in the opening minutes.
M.J. Walker scored 16 of his 21 points over the final 8:40 as FSU charged back from a 61-48 deficit.
Forrest added 15 points and Devin Vassell scored 13 for the Seminoles.
Prentiss Hubb’s half-court heave for the Fighting Irish as time expired kissed off the back iron. Hubb led Notre Dame (18-12, 9-10) with 24 points, 19 in the first half.
John Mooney had his NCAA-leading 25th double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but did not score in the second half.
Dane Goodwin also scored 16 points for the Irish, 14 of those coming after the break.
Florida State: The Seminoles stayed in control of their own destiny in pursuit of the No. 1 seed for next week’s ACC Tournament. A win over Boston College on Saturday assures at least a tie with Louisville (15-4) for the conference title, and FSU would hold the seeding tiebreaker from beating the Cardinals twice.
Notre Dame: The Irish’s only hope of making the NCAA Tournament is probably to win the ACC tournament for an automatic bid. They dropped to 0-6 against ranked teams in their last opportunity of the regular season and have lost 21 straight times to ranked opponents over the last 29 months.
Florida State: The Seminoles look to finish the season 16-0 at home when Boston College visits on Saturday.
Notre Dame: The Irish close their regular season Saturday by hosting Virginia Tech.