No. 7 Fla. State falls, 86-83, to UCLA rally

November 28, 1992|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- No. 21 UCLA blew a 15-point, first-half lead an then came back from an eight-point deficit with 4:43 remaining to upset seventh-ranked Florida State, 86-83, last night in the preseason NIT consolation game.

It was the second time in the tournament that the Bruins won by coming from behind in the closing seconds.

Trailing 83-82 with 20 seconds to go, UCLA (3-1) watched as Sam Cassell (18 points) stripped Ed O'Bannon of the ball. But Bobby Sura, who had led Florida State's comeback and finished with a game-high 27 points, tried a layup 10 seconds later.

The ball went out of bounds in favor of the Seminoles, but the inbounds pass was stolen by Tyus Edney, who fed forward Mitchell Butler for a layup. He missed the free throw -- the Bruins missed 12 of 19 -- but Richard Petruska tipped it in for a three-point lead. A desperation three-pointer went wide for Florida State (2-2).

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