Last season’s series between Miami and Florida State (FSU) proved to be one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s (ACC) best last season. Each game was decided by a point, with the Seminoles coming out on top in both matchups.
The ‘Canes sought revenge in the first game of this year’s season series and did just that, steamrolling the Seminoles, 85–64, in front of FSU’s home crowd at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on Tuesday evening.
Guards Nijel Pack and Wooga Poplar highlighted the Hurricanes’ early dominance. The duo scored 19 of Miami’s first 24 points, with the Kansas State transfer continuing this high level of play throughout the remainder of the first half.
Pack led all scorers with 16 first-half points on an efficient 5-of-6 shooting clip from the field. He finished the game with 18 points.
This scoring outburst from the 6-foot guard continued a recent trend of impressive performances from him.
The third-year guard has averaged 17 points per game on 50% shooting over his last three ACC contests. Pack scored an average of 11.9 points per game entering this contest.
Junior guard Isaiah Wong ended with 18 points, tying Pack for the game-high.
Miami also controlled the boards despite the size advantage the Semioles had.
The Hurricanes only roster two players who are at least 6-foot-7 and play a minimum of 10 minutes per game. Florida State, in comparison, has four players who fit these criteria, including 7-foot-4 center Naheem McLeod.
Still, UM out-rebounded the Noles, and 6-foot-7 Norchad Omier led this charge with 11 snatches of his own.
Florida State had a difficult time defending the 3-point line against the Hurricanes, with Miami making 11 of 22 attempts from deep. UM also shot a staggering 64.3% from beyond the arc in the first half.
Veteran guard Caleb Mills led the Seminoles with 12 points, and freshman Boba Miller contributed with six points and two rebounds.
The Hurricanes will conclude their three-game road trip on Saturday at 4 p.m. in a contest against Pittsburgh. UM came out on top, 85-64, in last year’s matchup between the two teams.
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