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Osborne, Gray have double-doubles in FSU’s rout of Miami

Malik Osborne and RaiQuan Gray had double vision.

Osborne scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while Gray added 10 points and 11 rebounds as No. 16 Florida State won its fifth straight game, routing short-handed Miami 81-59 on Wednesday.

The Seminoles (10-2, 6-1 ACC) have won 22 straight league home games, including a perfect a perfect mark in the 2019-20 season.

A junior forward, Osborne came off the bench and had a double-double in 19 minutes.

“He is giving us tremendous effort,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “He’s playing with a lot of energy, a big guy who is an active inside rebounder. He’s a very valuable asset to our program.”

Osborne has been a reserve in all of Florida State’s games and has now scored in double figures in three of his last four games. A transfer from Rice who had three double-doubles in 2017-18 with the Owls, Osborne got his first double-double as a Seminole. This was the first career-double double for Gray, a junior forward.

This was the first time a Dec. 16, 2015 over Mississippi State that Florida State had a pair of players record double-doubles — Malik Beasley (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Xavier Rathan-Mayes (13 points, 10 rebounds).

M.J. Walker and Sardaar Calhoun also had 11 points apiece for the Seminoles (10-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Florida State trails only Virginia (7-0) in the ACC standings.

Walker made 5 of 6 shots from the floor, while Calhoun made 4 of 8 shots.

“Florida State is really an outstanding team,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. “They’re very deep, very talented.” 

The Hurricanes used just eight players and were able to trim the deficit to nine points on two occasions, the last 42-33 with 15:32 left in the game. But Florida State had too many options and used a 12-0 run to pull away for good.

“We did a really good job to start the second half,” Larranaga said. “Then we had a couple of easy shots that didn’t go down for us. We were never able to recover from that.”

Isaiah Wong scored 21 points on 6 of 16 shooting for Miami (6-9, 2-8). Anthony Walker and Kameron McGusty each had 13 points.

The Seminoles shot 32 of 62 (51.6 percent) from the floor. The Hurricanes shot 20 of 54 (37 percent) from the floor).

REBOUNDING TURNAROUND

Florida State struggled earlier in the season on the boards but have improved dramatically. The Seminoles had a staggering rebounding advantage, 45-23. In their last five games, FSU has had the rebounding edge four times and tied in the other game.

“It’s been a mindset,” Osborne said. “There’s no way anybody should be outrebounding us. We should be dominating the boards.”

TAKEAWAYS

Miami had eight first-half turnovers, shot just 8 of 25 (32 percent) from the floor and lacked the manpower to keep up with Florida State’s depth.

Florida State won on a night when Hamilton lamented the team’s struggles from 3-point range, making just 6 of 18 (33.3 percent) of their shots. Still, the Seminoles picked up their sixth straight victory in the rivalry.

UP NEXT

Florida State plays at Georgia Tech on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ACC Network).

BOX SCORE

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