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Florida State Seminoles vs Syracuse Orange Pick & Prediction, Sat Jan 15 03:00 PM

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Six weeks after they faced off in Tallahassee, Syracuse and Florida State reconvene on the Orange's home court for the rematch Saturday afternoon.

Syracuse took the first contest, snapping Florida State's 25-game home winning streak in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 63-60 triumph on Dec. 4. The Orange (8-8, 2-3 ACC) went on to lose five of their next seven, but they rebounded with a 77-61 home victory over Pitt on Tuesday.

Coming off two games in which he shot a combined 7 of 27 from the field, Orange guard Buddy Boeheim shot 7 of 13, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range, against the Panthers. He scored 24 points to lead Syracuse and will certainly be a defensive focal point for the Seminoles (9-5, 3-2).

"Like I said all year, I think Buddy is one of the best players in the country," Syracuse forward Cole Swider said. "If you give him open looks, he's going to make them. We've seen it in practice every single day."

One of Boeheim's two lowest-scoring outputs of the season came in the first matchup with the Seminoles. He scored six points on 3-of-10 shooting in that one. Swider made four 3-pointers that day en route to 16 points, and Joe Girard III also had 16 in a game in which both teams shot 34.9 percent from the field.

Caleb Mills scored 16 in that one to pace Florida State, which at the time was in the midst of a three-game losing streak.

The Seminoles since have won four of their past five games, most recently a 65-64 home victory over Miami on Tuesday. RayQuan Evans made two free throws in the final second to secure the victory for Florida State, which was led by freshman Matthew Cleveland's 15 points.

"Very impressed and proud of these young guys," Seminoles senior Malik Osborne said of Cleveland and the team's other underclassmen. "These guys are going to be the difference between winning and losing."

Mills leads Florida State in scoring at 12.6 points per game, while Osborne contributes 11.1 points and 7.2 rebounds.

Syracuse has five double-digit scorers on the season, led by Buddy Boeheim (18.9 ppg) and his older brother Jimmy Boeheim (14.8).

--Field Level Media

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Florida State Seminoles
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Syracuse Orange

Florida State Seminoles vs. Syracuse Orange Recap JAN 15TH 2022

Caleb Mills scored 19 points and RayQuan Evans added 15 as Florida State posted a 76-71 road win over Syracuse on Saturday.

Wyatt Wilkes pitched in 11 points for the Seminoles (10-5, 4-2 ACC), who shot 54.9 percent from the field and a sparkling 12 of 20 from 3-point range. Mills was 5 of 6 from long distance, while Wilkes drained 3 of 6 from beyond the arc.

Buddy Boeheim had 18 points and Cole Swider chipped in 17 for Syracuse (8-9, 2-4), which snapped Florida State's 25-game homecourt ACC winning streak last month and had a chance to take the lead late in this one.

With the Orange trailing by one with nine seconds left, Jimmy Boeheim had a contested shot in the lane bounce off the rim. The Seminoles' Anthony Polite then found Matthew Cleveland downcourt for the breakaway slam.

With 3.9 seconds left, Joe Girard III quickly threw a long inbounds pass downcourt that was intercepted by Evans, who made two foul shots to seal the victory.

Florida State began to create some separation early in the second half, and the visitors opened a 59-52 lead with just under 12 minutes to play. However, Syracuse responded with 10 straight points, highlighted by 3-pointers from Swider and Buddy Boeheim.

Shortly thereafter, Mills tied the game with a 3-pointer and then knocked down another to give the Seminoles a 67-64 lead with 4:56 to go.

Buddy Boeheim converted a tough floater with 3:04 left to pull the Orange within a point, but Wilkes' 3-pointer on the other end returned the momentum to the Seminoles, who went on to win for the fifth time in six games.

Syracuse led 28-18 with 4:44 left until intermission, but Wilkes and Mills each knocked down a 3-pointer in the final 90 seconds to get the Seminoles within 37-36 at the break.

Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the field in the first half (Florida State 53.8, Syracuse 54.2). Girard, who scored 11 first-half points to lead all players, did not score in the second half.

--Field Level Media

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