TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Ticker) -- Steve Blake hit a big shot and gave Maryland a shot in the arm.
Blake's 3-pointer with 2:38 left snapped a tie and the slumping 15th-ranked Terrapins held on for a 74-72 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Florida State.
Maryland (15-6, 7-3 ACC) entered with its first two-game skid in nearly two years and was on the ropes again. The Terrapins let a nine-point lead slip away when Trevor Harvey scored on a short hook shot with just over five minutes remaining to cap a 9-0 run and forge a 63-63 tie.
A layup by Drew Nicholas evened the game at 67-67 and Harvey missed a jumper. Maryland's Calvin McCall pushed the ball upcourt and found Blake on the right wing. Blake, a Florida native playing in front of his father, nailed his third 3-pointer of the game.
Blake drained all four of his free throws in the final 17 seconds to help seal the win for the Terrapins, who became the first team to notch three ACC road victories.
Florida State (11-10, 2-8) got a career-high 19 points from Harvey. The 6-11 native of the Bahamas also grabbed 10 rebounds to lead all players. He scored 15 points in the second half.
Nicholas scored 20 points and Blake finished with 15 for Maryland, which survived 38 percent shooting. But the Terrapins clamped down on defense and allowed the Seminoles to shoot just 36 percent (14-of-39) in the second half.
Maryland had allowed its last two opponents, Virginia and Georgia Tech, to shoot over a combined 50 percent in the two losses.
Nicholas scored eight points as the defending national champions took an early 14-4 lead. Florida State battled back for a 29-29 tie but Tahj Holden's 3-pointer opened up a 38-33 halftime edge.
Ryan Randle's jumper capped an 8-2 run that gave Maryland a 63-54 lead with just over seven minutes left. Harvey scored the final five points of the Seminoles' game-tying 9-0 spurt and gave his team its first lead at 67-65 on a dunk with 3:35 remaining.
Maryland came out of a timeout and found Nicholas for a layup to tie the game. Florida State missed its next five shots to hurt its chances for the upset.
Holden scored 11 points and Randle added 10 for Maryland, which had a big night at the foul line, shooting 87 percent (20-of-23). Holden grabbed nine rebounds as the Terps held a 40-37 edge on the glass.
Nate Johnson finished with 14 points and Tim Pickett shot 3-of-12 for 12 for Florida State, which fell to 1-5 against ranked opponents.