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.