Thursday, December 14, 2017
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FSU Seminoles lose to Miami Hurricanes 71-47

CORAL GABLES — Blowout wins in the ACC are becoming routine for the Hurricanes. This time their fans didn't even bother to storm the court.

Trey McKinney Jones had 15 points Sunday to help the conference leaders win their seventh game in a row by beating Florida State 71-47. The postgame celebration was more subdued than when No. 25-ranked Miami drubbed No. 1 Duke on Wednesday, but the capacity crowd of 7,972 was hardly ho-hum.

"The Duke game was the best all year as far as atmosphere, but this was a big-time game for us," center Reggie Johnson said. "The fans really kept us going, and we're proud of that."

The Hurricanes (15-3, 6-0) are assured of a significant jump in today's poll.

"They played like a mature team that understands what it takes to grind it out," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "They could do great things this year."

The Seminoles (11-8, 3-3) fell to 0-3 this season against ranked teams. Miami is off to its best start in the conference, alone atop the standings, and improved to 9-0 at home.

"I'm not very surprised," Miami center Kenny Kadji said. "We have a great team, and we have great chemistry."

Miami cracked the rankings for the first time in three years Monday and is creating a buzz even in South Florida, where college basketball tends to draw little attention. The sellout was the 11th in the Hurricanes' 10-year-old on-campus arena but the second in a row.

"We feel good, man," Johnson said. "The team is playing at a high level right now. We've got to enjoy this, but we've got to stay focused."

Defense was the difference against the Seminoles, who endured repeated long scoring droughts. FSU shot a season-low 31 percent, the fourth time in the past five games it has been under 42 percent.

FSU's starters went 7-of-26 and totaled 19 points. Miami has not allowed an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent this season.

McKinney Jones had three 3-pointers for the Hurricanes. Kadji and Durand Scott scored 11 each, and Shane Larkin had eight points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Reserve Ian Miller had 12 points for the young Seminoles, who made 3 of 17 3-pointers.

"We're good shooters. I watch them every day," Hamilton said. "If we had a shooting contest in the gym and lined up and played H-O-R-S-E, we'd be okay. But the game is not a H-O-R-S-E game. You've got to execute your offense and have someone deliver the ball and get you in good positions, and right now we're not quite as consistent with that as I think we will be."

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