Oklahoma State upsets No. 19 Seminoles in Sunrise, 71-70

Florida State falls to 7-2 all-time in Orange Bowl Basketball Classic

By Associated Press, Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor
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Florida State's M.J. Walker goes up against Oklahoma State's Mitchell Solomon in the first half of the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic at the BB&T Center on Dec. 16, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida.

SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida State Seminoles are undefeated no more.

Oklahoma State upset No. 19 Florida State on Saturday in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, handing the Seminoles their first loss of the season.

Mitchell Solomon scored on a tip-in with 6 seconds left and then took a game-clinching charge at the other end of the court, giving the Cowboys a 71-70 win.

Florida State went ahead on Terance Mann's follow with 10 seconds to go, but Oklahoma State needed only four seconds to go the length of the court to score for the 14th and final lead change.

Following a timeout, Florida State's C.J. Walker drove into the lane but collided with Solomon and was called for the foul, sealing the Cowboys' win.

Oklahoma State (8-2) ended a streak of seven consecutive losses against ranked teams since February. Florida State (9-1) missed a chance to match the best start to a season in school history.

The Seminoles' loss left only four unbeaten teams in Division I: Villanova, Arizona State, Miami and TCU. Florida State committed a season-high 22 turnovers, including 12 in the first 10 minutes.

Senior Jeffrey Carroll made his first start of the season for the Cowboys and scored 23 points to surpass 1,000 for his career. Solomon had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Cowboys won despite shooting 39 percent in each half, and they finished 9 for 28 from 3-point range.

Senior Phil Cofer scored a career-high 22 points for Florida State, including five buckets from 3-point range. But he also missed a crucial free throw in the final minute.

Mann, a junior, had 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

Eight players had two or more turnovers for Florida State. Oklahoma State has forced at least 19 turnovers in each of the past four games.

The Seminoles shot 41 percent and were held well below their scoring average of 87.1 points per game. They were outscored 37-32 in the second half -- the first time they've been outscored in a half this season.

The Seminoles fell behind 9-4 for their biggest deficit of the season.

Florida State also fell to 7-2 in Sunrise. It was the Seminoles' first loss in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic since their debut appearance in 1999.

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