Douglas leads Seminoles to fourth straight win over Miami, 62-55
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)—Toney Douglas overcame the shooting frustrations of his previous game and helped Florida State snap a losing streak.
Douglas scored a game-high 28 points as the Seminoles defeated Miami 65-55 Wednesday night.
In an 84-73 home loss against North Carolina Feb. 3, Douglas shot 3-of-20 from the field. He more than made up against Miami as Douglas converted on 9-of-14 field goals, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range.
“I never had a game like that in my life shooting 20 shots and only making three,” Douglas said of his North Carolina performance. “After the game I didn’t want to sleep.”
Douglas evenly divided his point production against Miami, scoring 14 in each half.
“My teammates and coaches told me to shoot and have confidence,” Douglas said. “Making my first shot made a big difference. That is what college basketball is about, to redeem yourself. I wasn’t thinking about it all when the game started.”
Jason Rich added 14 points and Uche Echefu scored 10 for the Seminoles (14-10, 3-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), which used an 11-0 second-half run to take the lead for good.
Douglas scored seven points during the run. The spurt erased a three-point Miami into a 45-37 Florida State advantage with 9:44 remaining in the second half.
Jack McClinton scored 16 points for Miami (15-7, 2-6), which has dropped seven of its last 10 games. He finished 4-of-15 from the field and Miami shot 31 percent.
“I was getting open looks, I just didn’t knock them down,” McClinton said. “We have to put this game behind us and get ready for Virginia Tech.”
Lance Hurdle’s 3-pointer with 34.1 seconds left got Miami within 58-55, but the Hurricanes got no closer.
“It’s a tough loss, you lose a home game, which you needed to win,” Miami coach Frank Haith said. “We have to keep finding a way to get the most out of our guys.”
Haith expressed disappointment over his front-line players, who shot only 6-of-17 from the field.
“I thought it put too much pressure on our perimeter guys, when we didn’t get anything out of the post,” Haith said. “When our post guys don’t attack, with any type of aggressiveness, it puts strain on our perimeter guys.”
The victory, Florida State’s fourth straight over Miami, also stopped a three-game losing skid.
“I saw our kids step up, go on the road and get a victory,” Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton said. “Maybe this will give us some confidence.”
The Hurricanes and Seminoles struggled with early shooting woes. The score was 2-2 during the first 5:35, and Miami didn’t manage a field goal until Brian Asbury connected 6:25 after tip-off.
But Douglas gave Florida State a spark.
He scored 11 points in the final 4:51 of the first half, including his third 3-pointer with one second remaining to give Florida State a 30-25 edge heading into intermission.
“Our defense stepped it up,” Douglas said. “We did a good job on McClinton and we didn’t let anybody else go off.”
The Seminoles played the second half without guard Isaiah Swann, who left the game with a left leg injury. The severity was not known.