No. 18 Florida State topples No. 10 VCU in Puerto Rico Tip-Off
IAN MILLER scored 22 points and Devon Bookert added 18 to help No. 18 Florida State cruise past No. 10 VCU, 85-67, last night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.
The Seminoles (4-0) have scored at least 80 points in each of their games. Montay Brandon added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
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 16 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.
Also in the tournament:
* Nik Stauskas scored 24 points, Caris LeVert had 20 and No. 14 Michigan (3-1) made a tournament-record 14 three-pointers in beating Long Beach State, 85-61, in the first round.
Michigan led by 18 in the first half before the margin was trimmed to 10 with less than 9 minutes to play. But the Wolverines were able to hold on thanks to all the long-range jumpers.
A.J. Spencer and Mike Caffey each had 12 points to lead Long Beach State (1-4).
In other games
* At New York, Ryan Boatwright made two big free throws with 7.9 seconds to play and blocked a three-point attempt at the buzzer, and No. 18 Connecticut beat Boston College, 72-70, in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
DeAndre Daniels had 23 points to lead the Huskies (5-0), who play Indiana, a 102-84 winner over Washington, for the title tonight at Madison Square Garden.
Shabazz Napier had 20 points for Connecticut.
* At Wisconsin, Ben Brust scored 19 points to lead six players in double figures as the No. 12 Badgers beat Bowling Green, 88-64. Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker added 14 apiece for Wisconsin (5-0). Traevon Jackson had 13, Josh Gasser 11 and Bronson Koenig 10.
Spencer Parker led Bowling Green (1-2) with 17 points.
* At Florida, Patric Young scored 16 points, one of six players in double figures, and the No. 16 Gators (4-1) beat Middle Tennessee, 79-59, for their 19th consecutive home win.
* At Marquette, Chris Otule and Todd Mayo each scored 16 points to help the No. 25 Golden Eagles withstand a scare from New Hampshire in a 58-53 victory. Marquette (3-1) shot only 32.7 percent (17 of 52) from the floor - including 13.6 percent (3-for-22) from three-point range.
Patrick Konan had 14 points and 10 rebounds for New Hampshire (2-2).
* At Gonzaga, Kevin Pangos had 27 points to lead the No. 13 Bulldogs (4-0) past Washington State, 90-74.
* Southern California guard J.T. Terrell is ineligible for the rest of the fall semester because of academic reasons. Coach Andy Enfield said that depending upon the results of first-semester exams, Terrell could be eligible after the fall semester ends on Dec. 18. The senior's eligibility will be reviewed then.