Miami snaps a 9-game losing streak to Florida State in blowout victory | Takeaways

Florida State men’s basketball had no answers for rival Miami in an ACC matchup Tuesday.

The No. 20 Hurricanes, behind a strong shooting performance, snapped the Seminoles nine-game winning streak in the series with a 86-63 victory at Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

Miami (16-4, 7-3 ACC) snapped a brief two-game win streak for FSU (7-14, 5-5).

The Hurricanes' last victory over the Seminoles was a 70-64 win on Jan. 7, 2018. Their last win in Tallahassee was Feb. 14, 2016. FSU leads the all-time series 53-37.

Caleb Mills led the Seminoles with 12 points, while Naheem McLeod added 11 and Matthew Cleveland 10. It was the third double-digit scoring performance for McLeod on the season.

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The Hurricanes used a 13-0 run early in the first quarter to take control and led 54-26 at halftime. Miami had 14 assists on 20 baskets in the first half and out-rebounded the Seminoles 22-6.

Nigel Pack and Isaiah Wong each scored 18 points to lead Miami, while Wooga Poplar added 14 and Jordan Miller and Norchad Omier each had 12 points.

Omier had a game-high 11 rebounds and Wong added nine.

The Seminoles outscored the Hurricanes in the second half 35-32, but could never get the lead under 20 points.

"I told the guys prior to the game that the team that would win this game would tonight would be the team that had the most determination, whoever the game meant more to," FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I think that was obvious tonight. They came mentally and emotionally prepared."

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3-point shooting discrepancy

The Seminoles could not buy a shot from beyond the arc, while Miami was near automatic in the first 20 minutes.

FSU was 1-for-11 from 3-point range in the first half. The Hurricanes connected on 9 of 14 shots from three, including an 8-for-10 start.

Pack hit four 3-pointers in the first half, while Poplar and Wong each added two a piece.

The Hurricanes finished 11-for-22 for the game, despite shooting just 25% in the second half.

"It's hard to shoot that well from the perimeter if you're in the gym shooting by yourself, with no defense around you at all," Hamilton said. "They are a good shooting team, but I think we played a part in that by not being prepared to play that junkyard defense that we have been accustomed to over the years.

"I am disappointed with the loss, but you have to give Miami a lot of credit for just being focused. Their minds were right. They played with such a great sense of determination. They moved fast without the ball."

Miami finished with 23 total assists on 31 baskets for the game and finished shooting 56% from the field.

The Seminoles had a hard time in the first half rotating to Miami’s heavy perimeter passing to find open shooters.

On the other side, FSU finished shooting 14% (3 for 22) from 3-point range and shot 41% overall from the field.

Star 3-point shooter Darin Green shot just 1 for 10 from beyond the arc. Mills and Cleveland each added a single 3-pointer on three attempts.

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Miami dominates boards

Miami was dominant in rebounding in the first half, winning the battle 22-6. The Seminoles closed the gap in the second half, but the Hurricanes controlled the boards 40-23.

Green and Cleveland each had five rebounds to lead FSU. Omier paced Miami with 11 rebounds and Wong added nine rebounds.

Miami out-rebounded FSU 10-8 on offensive rebounds.

FSU did not have a single offensive rebound in the first half.

"I think we set a record tonight," Hamilton said. "I have never been on a team that got no offensive rebounds in a half. I've never seen that (and have) never heard of that.

"I know we are playing with four guards and a power forward, but that's part of the game. Not being focused to get some putbacks or tips-ins, or getting offensive rebounds to allow yourself to get fouled and get to the foul line.

"We did not shoot that well, so had plenty of opportunities to get offensive rebounds."

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Naheem McLeod strong game

One positive for the Seminoles was the play of 7-foot-4 center Naheem McLeod. He had a couple of dunks and finished 5-for-5 shooting. His 11 points was one off his season-high for the season.

He also added a single rebound in 16 minutes, something the Seminoles need him to be better at in his minutes.

It was the first double-figure performance of the new year for McLeod and his first since his 12-point performance against USC Upstate on Dec. 13.

Up next:

The Seminoles will look to bounce back when they host No. 24 Clemson at 5 p.m. Sunday. They will then travel to NC State to play the Wolfpack at 9 p.m. on Feb. 1.

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