"For whatever reason I thought that at the beginning of the game we were much more tentative than we had practiced against their matchup zone," Hamilton said. "I think we dug such a hole for ourselves in the first half that even though we fought hard in the second half, I was pleased with our effort, we just dug too big a hole for ourselves."
Miami forward Donnavan Kirk led the way for the Hurricanes with 16 points on 6-7 shooting. Center Tonye Jekiri added 15 points and 6 rebounds, guard Rion Brown had 14 points and 5 rebounds and guard Garrius Adams contributed 12 points and 5 rebounds as well. Miami shot 47.9 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from the three point line. The also made 24 of the 33 free throws they shot.
Devon Bookert led the way for the Seminoles with 17 points and 5 assists. Aaron Thomas continued his hot scoring streak adding 16 points and 2 steals. Okaro White had 14 points to go along with 7 rebounds. Ian Miller returned from his ankle injury with 13 points. Florida State out rebounded Miami 32-27 and out shot them as well. The Seminoles shot 50 percent from the field. Where the scoring deficit comes from is the three point line and the free throw line. Florida State went 7-20 from the three point line and only shot 14 free throws, making 10.
Florida State pulled the game to within one possession a few times in the second half, but just couldn't put themselves ahead.
"We were right there," Hamilton said. "Sometimes it's not as much what we didn't do as it's they made some really tough shots. Reed came off the bench and those two shots that he made were very timely. I thought we did a very good job of contesting them."
This loss likely removes all hope from Florida State making the tournament as the Seminoles have three of the top five ACC teams left on their schedule including the No. 1 team in the country, Syracuse. Florida State plays at Wake Forest on Sunday at 8 pm in a game that could go a long way to helping the Seminoles make the NIT.