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Walker, Williams lead rout as FSU picks up win No. 20

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Florida State picked up win No. 20 on Sunday, finishing a season sweep of Miami. But the Seminoles were also able to rest up for a short turnaround against No. 7 Duke.

M.J. Walker and Patrick Williams each scored 14 points as No. 8 Florida State beat Miami 99-81 on Saturday for a season sweep.

Devin Vassell had 13 points and Wyatt Wilkes scored 11, knocking down three 3-pointers, for the Seminoles (20-3, 10-2 ACC). Florida State connected on 13 of 26 3-point attempts.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton made a concerted effort to rest two starting guards, Trent Forrest and Devin Vassell, with the top-10 showdown at Duke coming up Monday. Still, both were effective: Forrest had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists in just under 24 minutes, while Vassell had 13 points and five rebounds. 

“That’s one of the things that if I could change anything in college basketball, I wouldn’t want to play three games a week and I would not ever want to play a game with a one-day turnaround,” Hamilton said. “I think that’s tremendously taxing on these young men, and we have three of them (Saturday-Monday games). One was North Carolina, Duke and the other was Louisville. By coincidence. Sometimes that’s part of the luck of the draw. … I do think it’s extremely tough on our guys.”

Coming off a Saturday-Monday situation in which the Seminoles won at Virginia Tech and then knocked off North Carolina, Hamilton opted to rest two of his stars. Forrest played 30 or more minutes in each ACC game but logged just over 23 minutes. Vassell also had played 31 or more minutes in his last nine ACC games but played 24 minutes.

Williams, Wilkes, Dominik Olejniczak (eight points) and RayQuan Evans (eight points, four rebounds) led a Seminoles bench that outscored Miami’s reserves 54-11.

“It’s big,” Vassell said. “Our bodies are going through it when you have a few back-to-backs. People are hurting. It’s huge for people to come in and step up.”

Isaiah Wong had a career-high 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting for Miami (11-12, 3-10). Sam Waardenburg added 15 points, Harlond Beverly had 14 and Dejan Vasiljevic scored 12 on 5-of-13 shooting.

QUOTING

“He’s a pro,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said of FSU’s Patrick Williams. “Everything about him says he’s an NBA player. His height, his athletic ability, his shooting ability.”

DOMINATING A RIVAL

FSU swept the season series and has won five straight against Miami.

FSU’s bench celebrates a basket by walk-on Travis Light (20). (photo by Mike Olivella)

TUCK TALKING POINTS

Florida State has won 20 games for a fifth straight season, which is a school record. The Seminoles have won 118 games since the 2015-16 season.

Anthony Polite had eight rebounds for Florida State, which outrebounded Miami 46-24. The Seminoles have been improving as a rebounding team, but it’s by far the largest margin in an ACC game this season for the Seminoles.

Five Florida State players scored in double figures and the Seminoles’ bench outscored Miami’s reserves 54-11. Thirteen players scored, including walk-ons Travis Light and Harrison Prieto.

UP NEXT

Florida State is at Duke on Monday at 7 p.m. (ESPN).

Comments

  1. Dan DensmoreReply

    Wow the blowout finally happened…lets hope UNC and Duke is a nasty physical contest…usually is

  2. David SlatonReply

    Seminoles looking strong and looking for the upset in Cameron Indoor Stadium. One thing I would love to see more of is driving to the hoop and thus getting more fouls called against our opponents. Our free throw shooting is so good this year that it is a true weapon for us. We have to find a way of getting to the line more often.

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