In a rematch of their 2011 Sweet 16 classic, the Florida State Seminoles rolled to an easy 85-67 victory over the 10th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Thursday night.
Senior guard Ian Miller scored a game-high 22 points off of the bench for the Seminoles while junior guard Treveon Graham led the Rams with 14 points.
Shooting tells the entire story in this game. The Seminoles shot 53.7% from the field while holding the Rams to just 29.3%. The Rams did not have a starter shoot over 50.0%.
In total, the Seminoles had four players players score in double figures – Miller (22), Bookert (18), sophomore guard Montay Brandon (14) and senior forward Okaro White (14).
The Rams press was expected to be a big problem for the Seminoles – and it was. Sophomore guard Devon Bookert had seven of the Seminoles’ 25 turnovers. However, the overall size advantage the Seminoles’ held over the Rams made up for any other shortcomings they may have had Thursday. The Seminoles’ big men dominated the paint, grabbing 40 of the game’s 59 rebounds, blocking six shots and virtually getting to the rim whenever they pleased.
The Seminoles head to the winners’ bracket and will take on the Michigan Wolverines, who blew out the Long Beach State 49ers 85-61 earlier Thursday, at 5:00 pm EST Friday.