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Mills scores 22 but FSU falls short at No. 2 Purdue

Known for its height, length and athleticism, Florida State played shorthanded and without a true center on the floor. While gaining valuable experience on the road against a top-5 team, the Seminoles showed fight but were overmatched.

Caleb Mills scored a season-high 22 points on 9 of 16 shooting but FSU fell to No. 2 Purdue 93-65 on Tuesday night in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge. It was the Seminoles’ largest margin of defeat since a 39-point loss to Wake Forest in Feb. 2005.

The Boilermakers (7-0) used their inside-outside game to shoot 62.5 percent in the first half to jump ahead 48-32 at the half. FSU made a few runs early in the second half but could not cut the deficit and Purdue pulled away.

Guard Jaden Ivey scored 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting for Purdue. Zach Edey, a 7-foot-4 center, had 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting and four rebounds.

“There’s no doubt that they played an excellent game tonight,” Hamilton said. “This team has the makings of a Final Four team. They took advantage of our inexperience.”

The Seminoles’ freshmen battled a deep Purdue team as well as an intense road crowd of 14,804. FSU (5-2) played its freshmen extensively with mixed results. John Butler Jr. scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds but also had four turnovers off the bench in 20 minutes. Matthew Cleveland had seven points on 3 of 10 shooting in 21 minutes.

Jalen Warley started in place of Rayquan Evans, who was attending his brother’s funeral service. Warley had six points, two assists and two rebounds in 26 minutes.

“I think this team will grow as the season moves on,” Hamilton said. “We’re getting some valuable experience.”

Malik Osborne logged heavy minutes as a center as FSU played without Naheem McLeod and Tanor Ngom due to injury. Osborne had six points and four rebounds. FSU’s coached opted not to play their only other center, Quincy Ballard.

Anthony Polite had five points and five assists but also had five turnovers. Cam’Ron Fletcher had six points on 2 of 9 shooting.

FSU shot 26 of 43 (41.3 percent) from the floor and 8 of 24 (33.3 percent) from 3-point range.

Purdue shot 35 of 59 (59 percent) from the floor and 12 of 25 (48 percent) from 3-point range.

Box score

The FSU-Purdue box score can be viewed here.

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FSU plays host to Syracuse on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ACC Network). The Seminoles have won 25 straight ACC home games, one shy of the record set by Duke (1997-2000).