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ACC Roundup: Miami’s Pain Continues

It’s a dreary season in sunny Coral Gables

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Chris Lykes, Miami’s diminutive guard, struggled mightily against Florida State.
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A light two days in the ACC as Sunday saw just one game and Monday will see just one as well.

On Sunday, a finally fully healthy Florida State beat Miami like a drum, winning 78-66.

It wasn’t that close.

FSU was up 18 in the first half, more or less maintained that in the second, and Miami only closed in the last five minutes when it was too late.

Florida State shot 56% and a sensational 60% from deep. MJ Walker shot 6-7 and finished with 22.

Miami might have made it closer but star guard Chris Lykes, fresh off of an eight point outing against Syracuse - just his second game all season where he failed to get to double digits - managed just one point, shooting 0-7 from deep and 0-12 overall.

It was just a classic ACC beatdown where a struggling team just couldn’t touch its opponent and the opponent had no mercy.

How bad was it? Chris Koumadje, Leonard Hamilton’s current vertical disruptor, scored eight points in the first five minutes. They’re willing to give him a few shots but there was no way for Miami stop anyone FSU had and this team likes to come at you wave after athletic wave.

With six players more or less, and Lykes having a dreadful night, there was just nothing Miami could do.

With the loss, the ‘Canes fall to 9-10 and 1-6 in the ACC.

On Tuesday, Virginia visits NC State, UNC heads down to Atlanta and Pitt will be at Clemson.

Duke @ Notre Dame 7:00 ESPN
Sunday's Results
Florida State 78 Miami 66

ACC Standings

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