TALLAHASSEE, FL (seminoles.com) – Redshirt sophomore Caleb Mills tied his career-high with 27 points to lead Florida State to a 79-70 victory over Louisville at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Florida State has now beaten Louisville in five straight games – its longest winning streak in the series that dates to 1968. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Cardinals.
Florida State has won 26 of its last 27 ACC home games since defeating 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 scored 14 points to lead the Cardinals. Samuell Williamson added 13 points and Mason Faulkner 12 for the Cardinals.
Mills scored 23 first half points to help the Seminoles to a 50-40 lead at halftime. He averages 13.2 points scored per game and has scored in double figures in nine of Florida State’s 13 games. He shot six of eight free throws and has made 52 of his last 58 career free throws (.900 percent).
Cleveland, the reigning ACC Freshman of the Week, is now averaging in double-figures with 10.5 points per game scoring average. He leads the ACC in scoring amongst all players who have not started a game this season.
Florida State started off strong in the first half and either led or were tied at each official timeout. 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 neared a double-double with eight points and eight rebounds. He was a perfect four of four from the free throw line and is shooting .938 from the free throw line (15 of 16) in the last five games.
Polite contributed two of the Seminoles’ five steals this evening. He is ranked fifth in the ACC for steals with a 1.8 steals per game average.
The Seminoles were up by just three (57-54) at the under eight-minute media timeout in the second half. That all changed after Cleveland made a shot clock beating shot from the 3-point line to put the Seminoles up 72-63 with 1:59 remaining in the game.
Five different Seminoles (Wyatt Wilkes, Mills, John Butler, Jalen Warley, and Cleveland), three of which are freshman, shot at least one three-pointer this evening.
Florida State continues its ACC home game schedule when the Miami Hurricanes visit on Tuesday, January 11. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 8:00 p.m. and can be watched on the ACC Network.