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Florida State freshman scored 30 points in less than five minutes in a game Wednesday

Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes (right) scored 30 points in the final 4:38 of Wednesday’s game, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Miami Hurricanes.
Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes (right) scored 30 points in the final 4:38 of Wednesday’s game, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Miami Hurricanes. The Associated Press

X marks the spot, eh?

Florida State freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 30 points in the final 4 minutes, 38 seconds of the Seminoles’ game Wednesday against Miami.

Alas, the Hurricanes won 81-77.

At one point, Rathan-Mayes scored 26 straight Florida State points and didn’t miss a shot. He made six three-pointers in the last five minutes of the game, including five in just 2 minutes, 35 seconds.

“I’ve never seen that before in my college coaching career,” Miami’s Jim Larranaga told reporters. “Outrageous. One of the greatest on-court performances I’ve ever seen.”

According to the Associated Press, Florida State was down 62-44, but Rathan-Mayes scored 20 points in 3 minutes, 5 seconds. He even converted a four-point play with 1:03 left that trimmed Miami’s lead to 73-70.

“I’ve never really been in a game where the player just starts hitting three after three after three,” Miami’s Angel Rodriguez told reporters. “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.”

Here is the play-by-play:

“It’s tough to describe,” Rathan-Mayes told reporters. “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.”

They didn’t win, but Rathan-Mayes wowed Twitter.

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