Orange Squeeze FSU Offense, Defeat Noles

Syracuse closed out the game on a 27-12 run on their way to a 74–58 victory over Florida State.

Syracuse used a 27 to 12 run over the last 12:30 to get the 74-58 victory over Florida State. The Seminoles managed to keep the game close for most of the game and pulled within one at the 12:38 mark in the second half, but the lack of rebounding and shooting 28.6 percent from the three point line cost Florida State big down the stretch.

In what could be their last home game Okaro White had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Ian Miller had 16 points. Aaron Thomas rounds out the Seminole scores in double-digits with 14. Only two other Florida State players scored, Boris Bojanovsky had 5 points 6 rebounds and Devon Bookert had 3 points.

Syracuse got production from all of their starters today. C.J. Fair led the team with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Jerami Grant added 16 points and 8 rebounds in his first game returning from a back injury. Tyler Ennis had 16 points and added 4 assists. Rakeem Christmas had 12 points and 6 rebounds. Trevor Cooney added 8 points.

Syracuse outrebounded the Seminoles 43-24 including 17 offensive rebounds that they turned into 19 second chance points. Florida State shot 38 percent from the field for the game and an abysmal 34.8 percent in the second half. Syracuse dominated in the paint outscoring the Seminoles 32-24.

"I thought they were a little more athletic inside," Coach Hamilton said. "I thought they were a little more physical on the offensive boards. We were there side by side and I thought they were a little more physical. As the ball went up we would jump and they would jump and they got a lot better position on the offensive boards than we did. I didn't think we were nearly as aggressive as we have been in other games."

Syracuse turned the ball over 12 times, which was one more than Florida State, but limited the damage of those by only allowing 7 points off turnovers. Florida State allowed 14. Syracuse shot 48.3 percent from the field in the game and shot 50 percent in the second half.

Florida State has to wait to see and see who its opponent will be in the ACC tournament. If North Carolina State beats Boston College then Florida State will play Maryland. If North Carolina State loses that is who Florida State will play. Either way the Seminoles will be playing Thursday at Noon.

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