CORAL GABLES, Fla. — With his team desperate for baskets, Xavier Rathan-Mayes couldn’t miss. He scored 30 points in the final 4:38, and even that wasn’t enough to beat the Miami Hurricanes.
Miami built an 18-point lead and survived the late heroics by Florida State’s freshman guard to win 81-77 on Wednesday.
Rathan-Mayes scored 26 consecutive Florida State points without missing a shot. He went 8-for-10 in the final five minutes, sinking six 3-pointers, and finished with 35 points to tie his career high.
“I’ve never seen that before in my college coaching career,” said Miami’s Jim Larranaga, who has coached 934 games. “Outrageous. One of the greatest on-court performances I’ve ever seen.”
The Seminoles trailed 62-44 before Rathan-Mayes scored 19 points in a span of 3:05, cutting the deficit to 69-63 with 1:33 to go. He converted a four-point play with 1:03 left to trim Miami’s lead to 73-70.
Rathan-Mayes’ streak included five 3-pointers in a span of 2:35.
“I’ve never really been in a game where the player just starts hitting 3 after 3 after 3,” Miami’s Angel Rodriguez said. “It was kind of frustrating.”
Rathan-Mayes’ confidence seemed to grow with each shot he made.
“It’s tough to describe,” he said. “You’re in an arena, but everything is quiet. My teammates kept giving me confidence, and I wanted to do everything I could to help us win the game.”
Rathan-Mayes finished 10-for-19, including 6-for-11 from 3-point range.
“That was a tremendous effort on his part,” coach Leonard Hamilton said. “But as a team, we should have not have been in a situation where he had to get 30 points in five minutes. We were very inept at defending them.”
Tough win for Miami. Take down an ACC rival and literally nobody cares because a dude just dropped 30 points in 4 minutes on your head. Seriously those stats are ABSURD. 26 straight points…WITHOUT MISSING. Five 3s in 2 minutes. A four point play. Just blacked out and fucked around and single handedly carried his team back from a blowout with one of the most flat out impressive college hoops performances we’ve ever seen. Hey Coach maybe snag the whiteboard and draw up a defensive scheme that like, covers Mayes? Was that considered at all?
In their defense though (since they didn’t have any themselves, zinngg), there’s really no stopping a player when he gets in that zone, no matter what you do. Heat check city for the rest of the night.
PS – What the hell is Robbie Berwick’s problem? Get out of Xavier’s play-by-play dude.
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