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No. 11 Florida State gets easy win over Miami

Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton says his team is staying focused with the NCAA Tournament in sight.
Florida State guard Scottie Barnes (4) and center Quincy Ballard (15) stop a shot by Miami guard Kameron McGusty (23) in the Seminoles' 88-71 win Wednesday at Coral Gables.
Florida State guard Scottie Barnes (4) and center Quincy Ballard (15) stop a shot by Miami guard Kameron McGusty (23) in the Seminoles' 88-71 win Wednesday at Coral Gables. [ MARTA LAVANDIER | AP ]
Published Feb. 25
Updated Feb. 25

CORAL GABLES — Florida State continues to build its case for a high NCAA Tournament seed.

Sardaar Calhoun scored a career-high 16 points and the No. 11 Seminoles coasted to an 88-71 win over Miami on Wednesday.

The Seminoles (14-3, 10-2 ACC) were never threatened after a 19-2 run early in the first half. Anthony Polite hit consecutive 3-pointers and Scottie Barnes’ jumper with 10:32 remaining capped the surge and increased Florida State’s lead to 27-8.

RaiQuan Gray had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the conference-leading Seminoles, who have won nine of their last 10. Polite finished with 12 points, and Balsa Koprivica was Florida State’s fourth double-figure scorer with 13 points.

“Our coaches do a great job of preparing us,” Gray said. “We treat every game as if it’s for the national championship. Our coaches do a great job of keeping us humble.”

Barnes’ field goal with 40 seconds remaining in the first half gave the Seminoles a 49-28 lead at halftime.

“We’re staying focused on things that have gotten us to this point,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “We’re the leader, but if we don’t take care of business, that can change. We’re trying to deal with things matter of fact.”

Miami (7-14, 3-13) has lost eight of its last nine. Isaiah Wong scored 29 points for the Hurricanes.

“Our guys gave it everything they had,” coach Jim Larranaga said. “Our effort from start to finish was good. We’re just worn out completely. And we played against a Florida State team that I think is as talented as any team in the country. I think they’ve got a legitimate chance to win not only the ACC regular season, but the ACC tournament and the NCAA Tournament.”

Florida State leading scorer M.J. Walker sat out because of a mild ankle injury. Walker, who averages 13.1 points per game, is seven points shy of 1,000 in his career.

“When you see where we are, for a kid to take a step back for a game and hopefully be strong enough to finish the season, we take advantage of it,” Hamilton said of the decision to rest Walker.

The Seminoles lost forward Malik Osborne after he injured his left ankle while grabbing a rebound early in the first half.