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White lifts Florida State past Clemson 71-66

White lifts Florida State past Clemson 71-66

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Okaro White had 15 points and stole an inbounds pass with 17 seconds left to preserve Florida State's 71-66 victory over Clemson to start Atlantic Coast Conference play Saturday.

The defending ACC champion Seminoles (9-5, 1-0) led by 16 points on Michael Snaer's 3-pointer to start the second half, yet were ahead just 66-63 in the final minute with the ball in the Tigers' hands. But White stepped in front of Rod Hall's pass, was fouled and made both free throws to extend the lead.

Clemson (8-5, 0-1) got within 69-66 on Milton Jennings' 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds to go before Terrance Shannon iced the game for Florida State with two foul shots.

Snaer, the ACC's third-leading scorer coming in, scored all eight of his points in the second half for Florida State.

Devin Booker had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Clemson.

Boeheim's 26 lead Syracuse past Virginia Tech, 71-69

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Boeheim's 26 lead Syracuse past Virginia Tech, 71-69

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Tech fans were having a great time giving Syracuse's Buddy Boeheim a hard time after one of his first shots hit nothing on Saturday.

"Airball! Airball!" the crowd jeered the next few times he touched the ball.

Boeheim silenced them quickly, scoring 18 consecutive Syracuse points in a personal 18-5 first-half run that turned a 14-10 deficit into a 28-19 lead, sending the Orange on the way to their third straight victory, 71-69.

Boeheim's first basket was a 3-pointer, "and then I was able to just get in a groove from there, get to the lane and make plays." he said. "... Once I got in a rhythm, my teammates were finding me and that was a lot of fun, winning."

Boeheim finished with five 3-pointers, one from well behind the line, and 26 points for the Orange (11-7, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who avenged a 67-63 loss to the Hokies on their floor 11 days ago.

The Orange led by as many as 16 in the first half, but had to hang on as the Hokies got within a point three times in the final two minutes.

Wabissa Bede had a chance to tie it when he scored and was fouled with 40 seconds left, but he missed the free throw. After the Orange had a shot-clock violation, the Hokies (13-5, 4-3) called a timeout with 7.4 seconds left trailing 70-69. Landers Nolley, who scored 13, missed a deep 3-pointer from the top of the key and Marek Dolezaj rebounded, preserving the victory.

"We made the wrong play," Hokies coach Mike Young said of Nolley's shot. "That's on Mike Young. That's not on my team. ... I've got to do a better job of putting them in place."

Orange coach Jim Boeheim was pleased with the final sequence.

"I just didn't want to get anything where they're going to the basket and you've got a foul situation there," he said.

He also was pleased with the job his team did slowing Nolley, a five-time league rookie of the week already who is averaging 18 points. In each game, he's managed just 13 while missing 21 of 30 shots and 20 of 24 3-point tries.

"He got some good looks but we were pushing up on him pretty good, making him a little off balance," the coach said.

Nahiem Alleyne made five 3-pointers and scored 17 for the Hokies. Jalen Cone added 14 points, all in the first half.

Elijah Hughes added 17 points and Dolezaj had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Orange, who won at Virginia a week ago and then at home against Boston College.

"Confidence," Hughes said of the difference in the the team during the winning streak. "We just feel really good. Guys are playing really well."

BIG PICTURE

Syracuse: Boeheim made six shots in a row during his 18-point string for the Orange, including three 3-pointers, one from about 25 feet. It was Boeheim who also hit a 3-pointer from about 30 feet to beat the shot clock in Syracuse's overtime victory at Virginia a week earlier.

Virginia Tech: Cone, a freshman, didn't appear to have any jitters in his first career start. He hit back-to-back 3-pointers, the second with 16:32 left in the half, causing the Orange to call a timeout. Cone is now 34 for 61 (55.7%) on the season from 3-point territory. ... The Hokies had just seven turnovers, but two came immediately after they pulled within 55-53 with 8:32 remaining.

UP NEXT

Syracuse: The Orange are again on the road, playing at Notre Dame on Wednesday night.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies stay home and welcome North Carolina on Wednesday night.

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The Ravens appear to have their entire coaching staff returning for the 2020 season

The Ravens appear to have their entire coaching staff returning for the 2020 season

While the Ravens roster will likely remain mostly together for the 2020 regular season, it appears the coaching staff will stay entirely intact, too. 

After both coordinators, Greg Roman and Don “Wink” Martindale, had interviews with the Browns and Giants, respectively, those jobs were filled by Kevin Stefanski and Joe Judge. 

And more recently, quarterbacks coach James Urban and tight ends coach Bobby Engram were requested for interviews by the Eagles. Harbaugh said both Engram and Urban pulled out of the running and weren’t interested.

“It looks like our staff is going to stay together,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I can tell you that. I’m not saying anything couldn’t happen; there are always things brewing for a certain period of time.”

The Ravens have every offensive starter from the divisional playoff game under contract for next season, and now appear to have the offensive coordinator and all of the position coaches back on-board for another run too. The Ravens set a franchise record with 531 points, led by Lamar Jackson.

Things are still fluid, as a job opportunity for anyone on the staff can pop up out of the blue. But for now, the Ravens look like they’ll run the entire operation back for another go at a Super Bowl.

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