By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
January 9, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Depth and experience were on the home team’s side as the Florida State Seminoles scratched out a 68-62 win over rival Miami Wednesday night.
FSU (13-2, 1-1 ACC) struggled with the Hurricanes (8-7, 0-2 ACC) throughout the first half hour of the contest. The ‘Noles continued their sluggish shooting from Saturday’s loss at Virginia, starting 3-of-12 from the floor.
The Garnet and Gold’s defense proved to be enough to keep the ‘Canes at bay throughout the opening period, allowing Miami to shoot just 7-of-24 from the floor, and FSU took a 33-29 lead to the locker room at halftime.
The home team was plagued by foul trouble, finishing the first half with 12 while Miami didn’t allow the ‘Noles into the first half bonus despite playing far less players. Florida State finished the evening shooting only 13 foul shots to the visitor’s 22.
In the waning minutes of the contest, the Seminoles’ strength in numbers began to show.
Florida State, who played nine players five or more minutes, received boosts from the bench, including a 10-point night from PJ Savoy and a team-leading 13 points from grad transfer guard David Nichols.
The Hurricanes clawed back into the game, cutting their deficit to 64-62 in the closing minute of the contest.
The Seminoles put the game out of reach thanks to a putback layup by Terance Mann and subsequent foul shots from MJ Walker on the ‘Noles' next possession.
Next up for Florida State is a home date with top ranked Duke on Saturday. Miami will head home to Coral Gables for a game against Wake Forest, also slated for Saturday.