Doc Robinson hit one of two free throws with 2.3 seconds left as No. 7 Auburn overcame a scare to beat Florida State, 55-54, yesterday in Auburn, Ala.
The Tigers (4-1) won their 20th straight home game, despite shooting just 31 percent from the floor. Auburn forced 29 turnovers and had 19 rebounds against the Seminoles (3-3).
The win also was the 100th at Auburn for Coach Cliff Ellis, a 1968 Florida State graduate, making him the fastest to reach that plateau at the school.
Tigers forward Chris Porter gave Auburn a 54-51 lead on a steal and coast-to-coast layin, but missed the free throw with 1 minute 10 seconds left. Robinson missed the front end of a one-and-one situation with 31 seconds to play after another Porter steal. Florida State's Adrian Crawford then hit a long three-pointer over Reggie Sharp to tie the game at 54 with 12 seconds left.
Robinson drove for the potential winning basket but was fouled by Delvon Arrington. He bounced his first free throw off the back of the rim, but made the second.
Porter then knocked away the ball before Florida State could get off a shot. Porter scored just nine points, going 3 of 11 from the floor, but he had three offensive rebounds down the stretch.
Robinson scored a game-high 17 points and had five assists and three steals. He didn't have a bucket in the second half until his three-pointer with five minutes to play gave Auburn a 50-47 lead.
But the Tigers missed four straight shots and led 52-51 after Damous Anderson's two free throws with 2:26 left.
KANSAS 97, MIDDLE TENN. ST. 77: Kenny Gregory hit his first 10 shots and finished with 22 points as the sixth-ranked Jayhawks won in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Kansas shot 65 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Blue Raiders 41-31, but Coach Roy Williams said his Jayhawks should have played better against a team from the Ohio Valley Conference.
"We're playing sort of un-Kansaslike," said Williams, whose Jayhawks are 16-0 against OVC teams.
The Jayhawks, playing at Murphy Center because of Williams's friendship with Middle Tennessee Coach Randy Wiel, his former colleague at North Carolina, had trouble putting away the Blue Raiders.
The Blue Raiders pulled within 11 twice in the second half, the last at 76-65 on a pair of free throws by Dale Thomas with 6:25 to go. Marlon London answered with a jumper in the lane, and that was as close as the Blue Raiders got.