Trent Forrest scored the last five points of the game to give seventh-ranked Florida State a 73-71 victory over Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Trent Forrest rebounded his own missed shot and tossed the ball back in the basket one-handed with 3.8 seconds left to cap a late rally as No. 7 Florida State nipped Notre Dame 73-71 on Wednesday to move closer to an Atlantic Coast Conference title.
Forrest's basket gave the Seminoles (25-5, 15-4) just their second lead all night, the other coming at 5-4 in the opening minutes.
He converted a three-point play with 57 seconds left to tie the game for the third time in the final 3:22, and Prentiss Hubb of Notre Dame missed a layup on the next trip down for the Irish.
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Forrest drove the right side on the final possession and when he missed, he out-jumped teammate Patrick Williams for the ball and laid it back in between two Notre Dame players.
M.J. Walker scored 16 of his 21 points over the final 8:40 as FSU charged back from a 61-48 deficit. Walker had three 3-point baskets and scored 13 of FSU’s points during a 15-2 run.
Forrest added 15 points and Devin Vassell scored 13 for the Seminoles.
Hubb's half-court heave for the Fighting Irish as time expired kissed off the back iron. Hubb led Notre Dame (18-12, 9-10) with 24 points, 19 in the first half.
John Mooney had his NCAA-leading 25th double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but did not score in the second half.
Dane Goodwin also scored 16 points for the Irish, 14 of those coming after the break.
The Seminoles stayed in control of their own destiny in pursuit of the No. 1 seed for next week's ACC Tournament. A win over Boston College on Saturday assures at least a tie with Louisville (15-4) for the conference title, and FSU would hold the seeding tiebreaker from beating the Cardinals twice.
FSU plays at home against Boston College on Saturday, The Seminoles are 15-0 at the Tucker Center this season.