Overcast82° WeatherOvercast82° Weather

FSU hits 16 3-pointers, routs Maryland 85-61

TALLAHASSEE — Ian Miller's stomach began to hurt shortly before Florida State hosted Maryland on Sunday. He said he hadn't had a stomach ache that bad since he was a small child.

The senior must have a high pain threshold.

Miller had 20 points and the Seminoles hit a season-high 16 3-pointers en route to an 85-61 victory over Maryland on Sunday night.

FSU made 16 of 24 3-pointers after hitting 10 in the previous four games combined. The 16 3s were its third-most ever and most in ACC play. Former Clearwater High standout Okaro White scored 15 and Aaron Thomas 14, and Montay Brandon added 13 points and eight rebounds.

"We had just a good day of ball movement, period, and wide-open shots and finding open people," Miller said. "We're a good shooting team in practice. … We know in the game we've got to create wide-open shots for each other so we can hit the same percentages. (Sunday) we did that.

"I don't think we had a game where we had a lot of wide-open shots like that this season."

Dez Wells had 15 points and Nick Faust 14 for the Terrapins, who went in as the ACC's third-best 3-point shooting team but made 3 of 18. They shot 17-of-51 (33.3 percent) overall.

Sunday was the last time Maryland (10-7, 2-2) played at FSU (11-4, 2-1) before joining the Big Ten next season.

FSU next plays at Miami at 9 p.m. Wednesday (ACC Network).

The Seminoles entered the game shooting 31.2 percent from 3-point range, 13th in the ACC. But FSU shot 9-of-12 in the first half.

Devin Bookert opened the scoring with a 3 from the left wing. It became the White and Miller show during a 20-4 run that put FSU ahead 37-19.

"Anytime you have a player who's kind of in that zone, it lifts the spirits of everyone else up," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I knew we were shooting the ball well, but I know the game can change quickly. You can't get too high when things are going good. A 15-, 18-point lead can leave you very fast in the ACC."

FSU hits 16 3-pointers, routs Maryland 85-61 01/12/14 [Last modified: Sunday, January 12, 2014 11:51pm]

© 2014 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...