Associated Press

 

TALLAHASSEE | Dwayne Bacon remembers the last time he faced Miami at home.

He made sure not to have the same outcome this time around.

Bacon led No. 15 Florida State with 23 points, highlighted by an explosive slam dunk late in the second half, fueling the Seminoles to a 66-57 win over No. 25 Miami in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Florida State secured the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament, which begins Tuesday in Brooklyn, with the win. The Seminoles earned a bye through the first two rounds and will next play in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

The Seminoles also clinched their sixth undefeated record at home (18-0) and first since 1975-76.

“I’m enjoying it. I’m happy. I’m excited,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said of his team’s accomplishments. “But the most important thing here is let’s not be satisfied with where we are. Let’s see if we can do some other things that will give us fonder memories.”

FSU has won 21 consecutive games on its home floor, dating back to last season, and is in prime position for a No. 2 seed in its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012.

“Last year they got us two times, so this year meant a lot to us just to get our revenge and get them two times this year,” Bacon said.

Florida State used a rare zone defense and a pressure defense scheme in the second half to cool Miami, which shot 7 of 22 (31.8 percent) in the second half after a 11 of 21 clip (52.4 percent) before halftime.

Miami senior Davon Reed scored 22 points with six rebounds and six assists to lead the Hurricanes, who will open in the second round of the ACC Tournament as a No. 9 seed against No. 8 Syracuse on Wednesday.