In their first meeting since an epic Sweet 16 matchup in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, unranked Florida State got revenge in a big way on No. 10 Virginia Commonwealth with an 85-67 upset on Thursday night in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.
The Seminoles were led by senior guard Ian Miller with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists off the bench and also got 18 points and four rebounds from guard Devin Bookert.
FSU jumped out to a 48-36 halftime advantage and led by as many as 17 points in the first half on back-to-back dunks by guard Montay Brandon
and forward Jarquez Smith with under two minutes left before intermission. Brandon finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Forward Juvonte Reddic, VCU's second leading scorer at 11 points per game, paced the Rams with eight points in the first half but was limited after two early fouls. He picked up Nos. 3 and 4 just five minutes into the second half and fouled out shortly after he re-entered with six minutes left.
Guard Treveon Graham, the Rams' leading scorer at 16.3 points per game, paced VCU with 12 points. Guard Melvin Johnson added 11 points and three assists.
FSU is off to a 4-0 start and may soon crack the Top 25. VCU (3-1) was denied the program's second-ever 4-0 start and fell to 1-1 all time against the Seminoles after winning their memorable NCAA tournament game 72-71 in overtime in San Antonio two years ago before advancing to the Final Four.
Florida State, which will now face No. 14 Michigan on Friday in the Tip-Off's next game after the the Wolverines dismantled Long Beach State 85-61 earlier Thursday, stretched its 12-point halftime lead to 20 points just two minutes into the second half.
The lead grew to 62-38 on Seminoles forward Robert Gilchrist's dunk, all but putting the game away before the first television timeout.
FSU led by as many as 30 points in the second half.
Seminoles leading scorer and rebounder Okaro White (16.0 ppg/6.3 rpg) finished with 12 points and eight boards.
Florida State and VCU are paired with Michigan and Long Beach State in the lower bracket of the tournament. Georgetown, Kansas State, Charlotte and Northeastern make up the other bracket.
Northeastern upset Georgetown 63-56 on Thursday and Charlotte knocked off Kansas State 68-61.
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