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Seminoles rout shorthanded Hurricanes

Florida State has no problem winning its fifth straight game to remain in second place in the ACC.
Florida State forward Malik Osborne shoots during the second half of a game against Wake Forest on Jan. 8, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Florida State forward Malik Osborne shoots during the second half of a game against Wake Forest on Jan. 8, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. [ LYNN HEY | AP ]
Published Jan. 28

TALLAHASSEE — Trying to beat No. 16 Florida State on the road is tough enough. Trying to do it with six scholarship players and two walk-ons? Good luck.

Miami found out the hard way Wednesday night as Malik Osborne had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and RaiQuan Gray added 10 points and 11 rebounds in FSU’s 81-59 rout of the shorthanded Hurricanes

M.J. Walker and Sardaar Calhoun also had 11 points apiece for the Seminoles (10-2, 6-1 ACC). FSU, which won its fifth straight, trails only Virginia (7-0) in the conference. The Seminoles have won 22 straight ACC home games.

Walker made 5 of 6 shots from the floor, and Calhoun made 4 of 6.

Osborne has been a reserve in all of FSU’s games and has scored in double figures in three of his past four.

“He is giving us tremendous effort,” coach Leonard Hamilton said. “He’s playing with a lot of energy, a big guy who is an active inside rebounder. He’s a very valuable asset to our program.”

Isaiah Wong scored 21 on 6-of-16 shooting for Miami (6-9, 2-8). Anthony Walker and Kameron McGusty each had 13 points.

“Florida State is really an outstanding team,” coach Jim Larranaga said. “They’re very deep, very talented.”

The Seminoles shot 32-of-62 from the floor. The Hurricanes shot 20-of-54.

FSU used a 12-0 run in the second half to extend its lead to 54-33 with 11:06 left. The Seminoles led 71-47 late in the game.

“We did a really good job to start the second half,” Larranaga said. “Then we had a couple of easy shots that didn’t go down for us. We were never able to recover from that.”

FSU struggled earlier in the season on the boards but has improved dramatically. The Seminoles had a staggering rebounding advantage, 45-23. In their past five games, FSU has had the rebounding edge four times and tied in the other game.

“It’s been a mind-set,” Osborne said. “There’s no way anybody should be outrebounding us. We should be dominating the boards.”

Miami’s season has been significantly impacted by injuries, and it added Elijah Olaniyi (shoulder) to the list against Florida State. Olaniyi was averaging 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in his past eight games. The Hurricanes were already playing without guards Chris Lykes (ankle) and Earl Timberlake (shoulder) as well as center Rodney Miller (knee).


Miami had eight first-half turnovers, shot just 8-of-25 (32 percent) from the floor in the first 20 minutes and lacked the manpower to keep up with Florida State’s depth.

FSU won on a night when Hamilton lamented the team’s struggles from 3-point range, making just 6 of 18 (33.3 percent). Still, the Seminoles picked up their sixth straight victory in the rivalry.


Miami: At Wake Forest on Saturday.

Florida State: At Georgia Tech on Saturday.