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November 21, 2013

Florida State upsets No. 10 VCU in Puerto Rico Tip-Off

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Ian Miller scored 22 points and Devon Bookert added 18 to help Florida State cruise past No. 10 VCU 85-67 on Thursday night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Treveon Graham had 14 points to lead the Rams (3-1), who were denied their first 4-0 start since the 1993-94 season. The Seminoles (4-0) have scored at least 80 points in each of their games. Montay Brandon added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Florida State lost in overtime to Virginia Commonwealth in the Sweet Sixteen of the 2011 NCAA tournament. There would be no repeat this time as the Seminoles took control late in the first half and then used an 11-0 spurt to open the second half.

VCU also came in averaging more than 80 points per game and it made for a pace that was rapid from the outset.

The Seminoles played with more control, though, and got a dunk off a set in-bounds play just before halftime, then kept that momentum coming out of the locker room. They led by 26 at one point.

Florida State led by 12 at the break, holding VCU to just 2 of 11 from the 3-point line and 10 of 33 shooting from the field.

The Seminoles had 13 first-half turnovers, but got 14 points from its starting front court to help keep the Rams out of transition.

VCU's full-court pressure did force FSU into mistakes, but its poor shooting kept them from capitalizing much.

With the win FSU moves on to the Semifinals to face No. 13 ranked Michigan on Friday. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. EST and the game will be televised by ESPN2 or ESPNU.



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