Florida State is used to having All-America candidate Al Thornton carry them to victory. In the 13 victories heading into Saturday's in-state showdown with conference foe Miami, riding the talented forward was the successful formula.
In a lopsided 86-67 victory over the Hurricanes, however, it was the play of perimeter guys Jason Rich, Isaiah Swann and Toney Douglas and reserves Jerel Allen and Ralph Mims.
Thornton, of course, still made his mark with 15 points, but it was the guards' ability to hit jump shots that kept Miami at bay nearly the entire game and sparked a lead by as many as 33 points late in the contest.
Rich led all scorers with 16 points while Swann added 14 of his own, shooting 4-of-6 from the 3-point line. The Maryland native's hot shooting was contagious as the team as a whole was 13-of-23 from 3-point range.
Sophomore forward Uche Echefu even took his game outside, knocking down half of his six attempted 3s.
While he didn't produce the same way offensively that he normally does, Douglas was able to get his teammates invoved as he posted seven assists.
For the game, the Seminoles (14-5, 2-3 ACC) shot just over 50 percent from the field, compared to just 35.5 percent by the Hurricanes (9-11, 2-4 ACC).
Perhaps more importantly, FSU turned the ball over just eight times.
After losing their first three conference games, the Seminoles have stormed back with two victories over ACC squads. A similar formula used Saturday against the Hurricanes may need to be utilized as Florida State hits the road to face Boston College in Chectnutt Hill, Mass. Tuesday night.
'Noles clobber 'Canes 86-67
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