Short rest and short-handed? No problem.
RaiQuan Gray scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds, and Wyatt Wilkes added a season-high 13 points in his first start of the season as Florida State pulled ahead early and held off a late charge in a 78-65 win over No. 16 Louisville on Monday night.
Playing on just a day’s rest and for the third time in six days, the Seminoles continued to impress. FSU (8-2, 4-1 ACC) led by 24 points late in the first half and held off even as the Cardinals chipped away at the lead in the second half. And now the Seminoles can rest after navigating a tough three-game stretch with wins over NC State, UNC and Louisville.
“When we’re locked in we’re a scary team,” Gray said. “We can play with anyone in the country.”
FSU coach Leonard Hamilton picked up his 75th career win over a ranked team. The Seminoles have also won four straight vs. the Cardinals.
Malik Osborne added a season-high 12 points, shooting 4 of 8 from the floor including a thunderous one-handed dunk in the second half.
Each of FSU’s five starters made significant contributions.
Gray shot 7 of 12 from the floor, following up on his career-best 19 points a few days earlier against UNC.
Wilkes shot 5 of 8 from the floor, making 3 of 5 three-pointers. It’s the fifth time in his career he’s been in double figures in points.
RayQuan Evans started and scored 11 points, making a trio of 3-pointers.
Balsa Koprivica added six points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks, including some athletic drives to the basket.
M.J. Walker had just two points on 1 of 7 shooting but contributed 10 assists and five rebounds.
Scottie Barnes came off the bench to score 10 points, on 4 of 9 shooting, with six rebounds.
FSU led 40-16 with 4:38 to go in the first half and led by double figures most of the game. The Seminoles shot 31 of 62 (50 percent) from the floor, 9 of 21 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range and 7 of 10 (70 percent) from the free-throw line.
The Seminoles were without Anthony Polite (shoulder).
Carlik Jones had 17 points to lead Louisville (9-3, 4-2).
The full FSU-Louisville box score can be seen here in PDF format.
Next up for FSU is a home game vs. Clemson on Saturday at 3 p.m. (ABC).
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