Gray, bench lead FSU to sweep of Miami

Season sweep complete.

RaiQuan Gray had 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as Florida State shredded Miami 88-71 on Wednesday night, completing the third straight season sweep of the Hurricanes.

Gray had his third double-double in the span of a month and scored in double figures for a ninth straight game for FSU (14-3, 10-2 ACC), which won its fourth straight game in February — all of them since a second pause due to the COVID protocol. The Seminoles also hit double digits in league wins for a third straight season.

Sardaar Calhoun (season-high 16 points), Balsa Koprivica (13 points), Nathanael Jack (nine points) and Scottie Barnes (eight points) paced FSU’s incredible 57-point outburst from the bench. Miami’s reserves did not score a point until late in the game, finishing with five points.

“We win games by committee. The strength of our team is in the quality of our depth,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “That’s who we are. That’s who we’ve been over the last number of years. The strength of our team is in our culture.”

This was the most points FSU has scored in an ACC game since the season-best 105 in a home win over NC State on Jan. 13.

Calhoun shot 7 of 9 from the floor and played nearly 24 minutes, seeing increased minutes with M.J. Walker out due to injury.

“I’m pretty comfortable,” Calhoun said. “I think I’ve found my place on the team. I want to bring the defense first … scoring is the last thing I look for because we have guys that can do that.”

The Seminoles led 49-28 at the half and were never really challenged. Isaiah Wong scored 30 points for Miami (7-14, 3-13), which has been depleted due to injury.

“The first half, I liked what I saw,” Hamilton said. “We had a lot of deflections. We created some offense from our defense. Second half, we let up a little bit. … We had a hard time guarding Wong. He’s an unbelievable one-on-one player. But that’s what he’s done all year long.

Barnes had eight of FSU 19 assists. Koprivia added eight rebounds 

The Seminoles had their own share of injuries. Walker did not play, as Hamilton said he is dealing with tendinitis and an ankle injury. Malik Osborne suffered a sprained ankle in the first half.

FSU shot 37 of 69 (53.6 percent) from the floor and 9 of 25 (36.0 percent) from 3-point range.

Miami shot 24 of 70 (34.3 percent) from the floor and 8 of 23 (34.8 percent) from 3-point range.


For the FSU-Miami box score click here.


Next up for FSU is a road game against North Carolina on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ESPN).


Virginia’s loss to NC State on Wednesday dropped the Cavs to 11-4, helping increase the distance between them and the Seminoles (10-2).