The Daily Sauce — Jan. 16, 2022: FSU Hoops Holds Off Syracuse, 76-71
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The Daily Sauce — Jan. 16, 2022: FSU Hoops Holds Off Syracuse, 76-71

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Lead Story

Don’t look now, but Florida State basketball is one of the ACC’s hottest teams. The Seminoles, playing without forward Malik Osborne, won their third straight contest and fourth in five games on Saturday with a hard-fought 76-71 win over Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.

FSU trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, but crawled to within one by halftime. In the second half, FSU led 59-52, but Syracuse responded with a 12-2 run. Trailing 64-61, Caleb Mills came through with back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Seminoles ahead for good.

After two late turnovers by FSU, the Orange had a chance to win it. Jimmy Boeheim’s short turnaround was left short, which led to a runout dunk for FSU’s Matthew Cleveland. After stealing a desperation heave, RayQuan Evans iced the game with a pair of free throws.

As a team, FSU shot 55%, including 12-for-20 from deep. Mills was 5-for-6 from distance and led FSU with 19 points. Evans finished with 15 points while Wyatt Wilkes came up big off the FSU bench with 11 points.

Buddy Boeheim led four Syracuse players in double figures with 18 points. Cole Swider and Jessee Edwards added 17 and 15 points, respectively, in the loss while grabbing seven rebounds apiece.

With the win, FSU improves to 10-5, 4-2 in ACC play and avenges an early-season loss to the Orange. Syracuse topped FSU in Tallahassee in December to end the Seminoles’ 25-game conference home winning streak. FSU returns home to take on Duke on Tuesday.

Between the Lines for Jan. 15, 2022

Track and field: Clemson Invite

Men’s basketball: FSU 76, Syracuse 71

On the Agenda for Jan. 16, 2022

Men’s tennis vs. Georgia Southern, 1 p.m. ET

News and Notes

FSU football quarterback McKenzie Milton, offensive lineman Devontay Love-Taylor and defensive end Keir Thomas all took part in the Hula Bowl on Saturday.

FSU football linebacker Emmett Rice participated in the Tropical Bowl on Saturday.

Mike Ferguson is the lead writer for Double Fries No Slaw. Be sure to follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeWFerguson. Follow all of Mike’s work by liking his Facebook page.

Mike Ferguson

Mike Ferguson is the lead writer for Double Fries No Slaw and has more than 10 years of experience in online and print journalism. Mike graduated from Florida State University in 2009 and has had his work featured at numerous prominent publications such as Fox Sports, the Associated Press, Athlon Sports, Yahoo Sports and Sports Illustrated among others. Prior to joining Double Fries No Slaw, Mike was the founder and editor of The Daily Nole. He also serves as the managing editor for Fifth Quarter and is a contributor for Athlon Sports, Fish Stripes and Orlando Pinstriped Post. Mike and his wife Jennifer reside in Haines City, Fla. and have two daughters.

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