Florida State bounced back from its first loss with a resounding win over an ACC rival.
Kiah Gillespie scored 21 points – shooting 8 of 11 from the floor – as the No. 8 Seminoles defeated No. 23 Miami 73-62 on Sunday afternoon.
Florida State rebounded from a 90-89 overtime loss at Thursday against Syracuse.
“The mood was pretty much short-term memory,” Gillespie said. “Even after the shot went in, I just told myself I have to let this game go. By drawing on it and being upset about it isn’t going to change anything. It was one tough loss.
“I couldn’t let that weigh on my conscience. (The shot) was everywhere. Social media cleanliness and just move on to the next game.”
Morgan Jones scored a season-high 16 points, while Nicki Ekhomu had 15 points for FSU.
“You get to a point in winter break that it’s time to get back into a routine,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said. “Going up to Syracuse, which is geographically at the top of the conference, and Miami, which is geographically at the bottom of the conference, I was pleased we came out with the win.”
Miami fell to 9-5, 1-2 ACC. The Hurricanes were without star center Beatrice Mompremier (foot).
The Seminoles have won 10 of their last 11 regular-season games against Miami.
FSU next plays at home against Georgia Tech on Thursday.
FSU men’s tennis defeats Penn State
The Florida State men’s tennis team dominated in their first test of the 2020 season against Penn State. The Seminoles went 5-1 in doubles and 11-1 in singles on the day to cap off their week of training in the Bahamas.
“The boys showed some great toughness today,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “It was great to have Marcus (Walters) and Alex (Knaff) play for the first time this year and they handled it really well. This week was exactly what we needed going into our first match at home against FAU on Friday and then the double-header on Saturday.”
The Garnet and Gold started the day with a dominating doubles performance. FSU went 9-0 in the morning over the NittanyLions in the first preseason exhibition match.
In the second exhibition match against Penn State, things did not look much different. The Seminoles continued their momentum from the morning going 2-1 in doubles. The day ended in exciting fashion as junior transfer Marcus Walters earned his first singles victory as a Florida State Seminole by battling to a 7-6, 6-7, 11-9 win over Penn State’s Ismaal Saadi.
The Noles will be back at it again this weekend as they welcome Florida Atlantic (Jan. 10) to Tallahassee for the first home match of the 2020 season. On Saturday (Jan. 11), Florida State will host Louisiana Lafayette and FAMU to close out the weekend.
FSU sports information contributed to this report