M. Basketball Defeats Louisville 79-70

TALLAHASSEE, FL (seminoles.com) – Redshirt sophomore Caleb Mills tied his career-high with 27 points to lead Florida State to a 79-70Victory over LouisvilleThe Donald L. Tucker Center.  Florida State is now victorious. Louisville in five straight games – its longest winning streak in the series that dates to 1968. The Cardinals’ three-game winning streak was ended by the loss.

Florida State has won 26 of the 27 ACC home matches since beating Clemson on January 22, 2019.

Florida State freshman Matthew Cleveland, who entered averaging 9.9 points, finished with 17 points for the Seminoles.  El Ellis was the Cardinals’ leading scorer with 14 points. Samuell Williamson added 13 points and Mason Faulkner 12 for the Cardinals. 

Mills scored 23 points in the first half to lead the Seminoles by 40 to halftime.  He averages 13.2 points scored per game and has scored in double figures in nine of Florida State’s 13 games.  He made six of the eight free throws he attempted and has now made 52 of his 58 career free throws (.900%).

Cleveland is the reigning ACC Freshman Of The Week. He averages 10.5 points per game and is currently in double-figures. He is the ACC’s leading scorer among all players who haven’t started a game yet this season.

Florida State began strong in the second half. At each official timeout, they either led or were tied. Mills scored nearly half of Florida State’s points with 23 in the first half, as the Seminoles went into the locker room up 50-40. The Seminoles’ two turnovers in the first half marked the fewest turnovers in a half this season.

Florida State committed a season-low six turnovers in tonight’s win over the Cardinals and forced 10 turnovers from Louisville.

Redshirt senior Anthony Polite was close to a double-double, scoring eight points and grabbing eight rebounds. He shot a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line, and is currently shooting.938 (15 of 16) from the free throwline in the last five games.

Polite contributed two of the Seminoles’ five steals this evening. With an average of 1.8 steals per match, he is ranked fifth in ACC steals.

The Seminoles trailed by only three (57-54) after the media timeout. All that changed when Cleveland shot a shot clock winning shot from the 3-point arc to make the Seminoles lead 72-63 with 1 minute remaining.

Five Seminoles, three of them freshman, shot at least three three-pointers this evening: Wyatt Wilkes (Mills, John Butler and Jalen Warley), Jalen Warsley, Jalen Warrenley, and Cleveland.

Florida State will continue its ACC home schedule with the Miami Hurricanes on Tuesday, January 11. The game will begin at 8:00 p.m. You can view it on the ACC Network.

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