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No. 11 Florida State puts away Miami early

Field Level Media
25 Feb 2021, 13:55 GMT+10

RaiQuan Gray had 12 points and 13 rebounds as the 11th-ranked Florida State Seminoles routed the host Miami Hurricanes 88-71 in an ACC game on Wednesday night.

FSU (14-3, 10-2), which leads the ACC standings, won its fourth straight game. The Seminoles are 9-1 in their past 10 games. With three games left in the regular season, they appear to be closing in on the No. 1 seed for the ACC Tournament.

The Seminoles also got a team-high 16 points from Sardaar Calhoun, 13 points from Balsa Koprivica, 12 points from Anthony Polite and eight points and a game-high eight assists from projected first-round pick Scottie Barnes.

Miami (7-14, 3-13) was led by guard Isaiah Wong, who scored a game-high 29 points - one short of his career high. It was a courageous performance by Wong, who had missed the second half of Miami's previous game, Saturday against Georgia Tech, due to an injured ankle.

FSU defeated Miami for the seventh straight time. The series between in-state rivals goes back to 1950, and this is FSU's longest win streak.

The Seminoles were without their leading scorer, M.J. Walker, who sat out due to an ankle injury. Then, with 8:10 left in the first half, FSU's Malik Osborne appeared to sprain his left ankle when he stepped on the feet of Miami's Anthony Walker. Osborne, a starter, finished with two points.

Miami led just twice, at 2-0 and 4-2, as the Hurricanes lost their fourth straight game. Only Boston College has fewer ACC wins than the Hurricanes, who competed with just six scholarship players due to numerous injuries.

The injured Hurricanes are Chris Lykes, Harlond Beverly, Earl Timberlake, Rodney Miller and Sam Waardenburg. In addition, freshman Matt Cross, perhaps Miami's top pure shooter, left the team in midseason.

FSU dominated the first half, leading 49-28 at the break. Calhoun and Wong each had 12 points for their respective teams in the first half.

After scoring on eight first-half layups, FSU kept running the court in to finish off the blowout.

--Field Level Media

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