RaiQuan Gray and Malik Osborne continued to have big nights. But it was once again the bench that helped secure a win for Florida State.
Gray scored 16 points — going in double figures for an eighth straight game — and pulled down eight rebounds as Florida State held off Pittsburgh, 79-72 on Saturday. Osborne added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Seminoles (13-3, 9-2 ACC), who improved to 2-2 on the road in league play this season.
Scottie Barnes came off the bench to score 11 points, pull down six rebounds and have three blocks. FSU’s bench outscored Pitt’s reserves 33-9.
“Our bench was phenomenal – we had 33 points off the bench,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “I thought we had a lot of guys contribute. Getting 33 points off our bench really represents who we are as a basketball team. We continue to keep winning games by committee.”
RayQuan Evans had 12 points, including 10 of 12 shooting from the free-throw line.
Justin Champagnie had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Pittsburgh (9-9, 5-8).
FSU shot 26 of 58 (44.8 percent) from the floor and 23 of 29 (79.3 percent) from the free-throw line. But the Seminoles made only 4 of 14 (28.6 percent) of their shots from beyond the arc, although Wyatt Wilkes was 2 of 4 from long range.
Walker did not score, shooting 0 for 5 from the floor. The senior guard had three rebounds and an assist. He is still seven points shy of 1,000 for his career.
“He didn’t get a chance to practice this week,” Hamilton said. “He was dealing with some of the light injuries that didn’t keep him out from playing but probably through him out of rhythm a little bit.”
The Seminoles were set to host Virginia Tech before the schedule changed on Wednesday and FSU was forced to shuffle its plans and play at Pittsburgh. FSU is now 2-0 since the restart from the second COVID break.
“We got to shake the rust off a little bit,” Hamilton said. “We are not totally on sync. We played exceptionally well against Virginia. There’s no doubt about that. But I still think we have a lot more room for improvement. The upside for this team is still pretty high. I don’t think we’ve come close to reaching our potential. That’s one of the things I like about this team. We still have some areas where we can be more consistent. I think our players understand that and believe that. That’s allowing us to stay focused and keep working hard.”
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FSU next plays at Miami on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. (ACC Network).