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Florida State vs Virginia Commonwealth

No. 18 FSU outruns No. 10 VCU in Puerto Rico tourney

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The last time Florida State and Virginia Commonwealth met, the Seminoles lost in a matchup of attacking defensive styles in a ragged, fast-paced affair that saw VCU trudge away as the survivor.

The rematch featured the same brand of basketball on both sides. Only this time, it was Florida State that proved to be better at it.

Ian Miller scored 22 points and Devon Bookert added 18 to help Florida State survive 25 turnovers and cruise past No. 10 VCU 85-67 Thursday night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

It sets up a semifinal matchup with Michigan, which beat Long Beach State earlier Thursday.

''We don't ever go into a game trying to set a tempo, we just try to be who we are and take what the defensive gives us,'' Seminole coach Leonard Hamilton said. ''We didn't go into the game saying we wanted to have an 85- or an 86-point game, what we wanted to do was try to come up with a way to win the game.

''I think both of us, the talent that we have made for a very fast-paced game.''

The Seminoles (4-0) have scored at least 80 points in each of their games. Montay Brandon added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Miller's 22 points was a career-high and his third straight game in double-figures. He said cutting down on the turnovers is a work in progress.

''Since I've been here we've been having about 20 turnovers a game,'' he said. ''So it's just something that we just got to keep working on. But we just keep finding ways to get back on defense ... we just got to see what we did wrong and try to fix it.

''We'll learn. We're still young and we're still finding ourselves.''

Treveon Graham had 14 points to lead the Rams (3-1), who were denied their first 4-0 start since the 1993-94 season.

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 Rams couldn't make shots, though, shooting just 29 percent for the game. They trailed by 30 late in the second half.

''I thought, for us, this was a wakeup call and realization that we just can't be who we want to be - we have to make it happen,'' coach Shaka Smart said. ''It was a classic case of allowing our offense to affect our defense ... there's going to be nights like that, but the good teams stick to the process.''

The Seminoles played with more control early, and got a dunk off a set inbounds play just before halftime, then kept that momentum coming out of the locker room.

Rams' guard Rob Brandenberg, who finished with 10 points, said there was a snowball effect once the Seminoles got going that the Rams couldn't stop.

''I just feel like at the beginning of the game things were going our way offensively -- we were cohesive as a unit,'' he said. ''It kind of all went downhill from there.''

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 their 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.

As well as FSU played Thursday, Hamilton said he thinks they can play better.

Hamilton said that with the quick turnaround there's no way to craft any special system for Michigan, but added ''we've got our hands full.''

But he said the Wolverines' run to the championship game put them on FSU's radar and garnered their respect already.

''They're going to do what they're going to do; I'm not sure what anybody know what we're going to do.''

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Florida State (4-0) «483785
Virginia Commonwealth #10 (3-1)363167
FSU:I. Miller 22 Pts
FSU:M. Brandon 11 Reb
FSU:A. Thomas 5 Ast
VCU:T. Graham 14 Pts
VCU:M. Alie-Cox 11 Reb
VCU:M. Johnson 3 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Florida StateVirginia Commonwealth
FSU
Ian Miller
VCU
Treveon Graham
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
22741420
Florida State Seminoles
D. Bookert, G306-134-441118
M. Brandon, G295-94-9113314
O. White, F274-76-691314
R. Gilchrist, F193-50-03146
B. Bojanovsky, C60-00-00030
A. Thomas, G323-71-35527
I. Miller, G306-118-874322
M. Ojo, C151-10-16012
J. Smith, F101-10-02012
J. Hopkins, F10-00-01000
B. Allen, F10-00-00000
K. Turpin, CDid Not Play
X. Rathan-Mayes, GDid Not Play
Totals 29-5423-3148152185
 53.7%74.2% 
Virginia Commonwealth Rams
R. Brandenberg, G223-72-210110
B. Weber, G200-44-42034
T. Graham, G194-135-620214
J. Reddic, F152-64-52058
T. Shannon, F111-40-06042
J. Burgess, G292-112-41126
M. Alie-Cox, F231-41-311143
J. Lewis, G211-20-02212
M. Johnson, G194-120-01329
J. Guest, F163-50-02006
J. Lyles, G50-30-00000
D. Brooks, G11-40-02013
E. Burk, FDid Not Play
T. Burston, GDid Not Play
A. Simmons, FDid Not Play
Totals 22-7518-243272567
 29.3%75.0% 
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Duke0-03-030
Miami (Fla.)0-03-097
N.C. State0-03-067
Notre Dame0-03-0177
Virginia0-03-0133
Georgia Tech0-02-018
Louisville0-02-035
N. Carolina0-02-0103
Pittsburgh0-02-013
Va. Tech0-02-032
Boston College0-02-1102
Syracuse0-02-1217
Wake Forest0-02-112
Clemson0-01-1312
Florida St.0-01-1140

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UMass0-03-056
VCU0-03-010
Davidson0-02-0283
Dayton0-02-041
Geo. Wash.0-02-018
La Salle0-02-059
Rhode Island0-02-051
Saint Louis0-02-02
Duquesne0-01-0339
Richmond0-01-159
St. Bona.0-01-1314
Fordham0-01-2215
George Mason0-01-2178
Saint Joes0-01-2222
 
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NMEX 97
LBSU 61 Final
MICH 85
CONN 72 Final
BC 70
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FLA 79
NH 53 Final
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WISC 88
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