FSU Defeats UM, 64-59

Feb. 12, 2012

 

The Noles (17-7, 8-2) bounced back from an upset lost at Boston College (64-60) on Wednesday, by defeating in-state rival University of Miami (15-8, 6-4) in an ACC match-up, Saturday afternoon.

The Florida State men’s basketball team hosted Miami in a packed house at the Donald L. Turker Center.

FSU was led by forward Bernard James, who finished the game matching his career-high with 18 points, six rebounds and four blocks. James scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half. He was 7-for-8 from the field.

“Another typical ACC blowout,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “The ACC brings this type of play every time you play regardless of who you play.”

UM was able to score 30 points in the paint to FSU 26 points. They also led in 2nd chance points with 12 points. But, the Noles were able to capitalize on points off of turnovers with 16 points.

Florida State was also able to gain a total of 16 points from bench players Okaro White, Jeff Peterson and Iam Miller. Miller also finished 5-for-6 from the line.

“This was a tremendous challenge for us,” said Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton. “We had a lot of heroes but more than anything else, we have got to prepare ourselves for this type of game every night. We’re at a point now where we’re trying to maintain where we are and people are trying to move up the ladder, it becomes increasingly difficult from being in the position were in and knowing we’re going to get everyone’s best shot.”

The Noles will be back on the court at home Thursday night against Virginia Tech.

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