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5-Year Nole Anniversary: Bojanovsky Dunks it Through at the Buzzer

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Florida State is one day away from beginning the ACC Tournament against either Virginia Tech or Miami. One of the more thrilling ACC Tournament wins on the Seminoles came on this day five years ago and against a team that is no longer a member of the conference.

FSU was the No. 9 seed when it arrived in Greensboro on March 13, 2014 to take on eighth-seeded Maryland. The Seminoles had the fortunate of having the ball last as 7-foot-3 center Boris Bojanovsky dunked through the game-winner just before time expired for a 67-65 Florida State victory.

The teams had split the regular season meetings with each team winning by double digits at home. For most of the day, things were quite competitive.

The Terrapins led 34-32 at the break, but the Seminoles opened the second half on a 24-11 run to take an 11-point lead. Maryland was able to whittle away at that deficit and eventually draw even at 63 on a dunk by Jack Layman with under two minutes to play.

After Bojanovsky put the Seminoles back in front with a pair of free throws with 37 seconds to play, Dez Wells answered with two of his own on the other end. On the final possession of game, FSU ran a high pick-and-roll.

Guard Ian Miller directed a pass to Okaro White underneath for the Seminoles. White was able to draw defenders before delivering the underhanded assist to Bojanovsky for the game-winning dunk with less than one second to play.

Bojanovsky would finish with 12 points and 12 rebounds for FSU in the victory. Miller led the Seminoles with 17 points and fellow guard Aaron Thomas scored 14.

Wells and Seth Allen each scored 18 points to lead Maryland. Layman finished with 15 points and six rebounds for the Terrapins.

For Maryland, the contest would serve as its final one as a member of the ACC. The win prolonged FSU’s NCAA Tournament hopes, but it would have to settle for the NIT after losing to top-seeded Virginia the next day.

Florida State would reach the NIT semifinals that season and win 22 total games. Of all the moments from that season, Bojanovsky’s winning dunk may have been the most memorable. It happened on this day five years ago.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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