TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State beat rival Miami to secure their first unbeaten season at home since 1976. Dwayne Bacon made some clutch baskets near the end of the game to seal the deal and finished with a game-high 23 points.
The Seminoles (24-7, 12-6) had an 11-point lead with four minutes left in the game, but the Canes got the game tight in the final stretch. Some clutch free throws from Bacon, and some missed free throws from Miami (20-10, 10-8) helped the Seminoles secure the win.
“We made some shots and were obviously able to keep them at bay,” said Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton. “We hit some key free throws down the stretch. I thought Jarquez gave us good play. Obviously Dwayne came up big today.”
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The FSU women’s basketball team played their last regular season home game with a sound win over the Pittsburgh Panthers 79-48. The evening was especially significant for the team’s seniors, who celebrated this victory on their senior night and added to the team’s record of winning five consecutive senior night games. Seniors Gabby Bevillard, Brittany Brown, Kai James, Leticia Romero, and Ivey Slaughter were recognized in a special ceremony with their families and Coach Sue Semrau before the start of the game.
The revered seniors certainly earned the attention and celebration they received tonight. They are the winningest team in the program’s history, with 103 wins overall and 50 ACC wins, the first team ever to accomplish this feat. For their third straight season, they have thus far held all of their opposing teams to under 60 points.
Tonight, these seniors also performed well individually. Three of the five scored in the double digits, with Romero’s points all coming from three-pointers. The team could consistently count on Romero, Brown, and junior Chatrice White to get points on the board during dry spells.
Coach Semrau had nothing but praises for seniors’ and the rest of the team’s performance.
“Working hard is the culture that these guys have created,” said Semrau. “They’re contagious in that they make everyone follow their lead. The way they’ve worked has set the standard and is part of our culture now.”
The Seminoles (25-4, 13-2) maintained a comfortable lead over Pittsburgh (13-15, 4-11) throughout the game. They made a strong statement in the second quarter when the FSU defense only allowed six Panther points for that quarter and 17 points overall as they headed into the half. The second quarter also saw a 14-1 run by Florida State, with even contributions among its players. Brown finished the half with a dramatic buzzer-beater three-pointer.
Pittsburgh’s scoring woes continued into the second half, although to a lesser degree. Throughout the game, they experienced many missed shots of all sorts and appeared discombobulated altogether. One exception to this was forward Brenna Wise, who scored 22 of her team’s 48 points. This, however, was not enough to close the Seminole’s 21-point lead at the beginning of the next half.
Both the third and fourth quarters contained dry spells from scoring that each lasted up to several minutes between both teams. Slaughter made significant contributions to her team’s points in the third quarter, and as usual served as a dependable playmaker in this game. The final quarter also had a series of three-pointers between Brown and Romero. In the final minute and 18 seconds, the seniors walked off their court for the last time in their careers, leaving the team’s younger players to finish the game.
“Mental toughness, personal growth, community service, and sisterhood are things which I developed and will carry with me from my time at Florida State,” senior Ivey Slaughter explained after the game. “Coach Sue encourages us to make positive impacts in people’s lives.”Both teams will move on to ACC Tournament play on Sunday. Pittsburgh will face Syracuse at
Both teams will move on to ACC Tournament play on Sunday. Pittsburgh will face Syracuse at 2 pm, while FSU travels to play at Notre Dame at 1 pm. In this, FSU is seeking to win its first ever ACC championship.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – No. 19 Florida State stopped a 2-game skid with a 104-72 victory over the Boston College Eagles.
After being shutout in his last game against Pittsburgh, and snapping a 35-game double-digit scoring streak, Dwayne Bacon redeemed himself with a team-high 16 points. In the second half, one of Bacon’s four three-pointers brought to the 1,000 point mark for his career. He is the 46th Seminole to accomplish the feat.
Coach Leonard Hamilton said that his performance against Pitt wasn’t a cause for concern.
“You’re going to have one of those days,” said Hamilton. “He just scored 1,000 points as a sophomore, so I mean, he knows what he’s doing on the court.”
FSU (22-6, 10-5) got out to a comfortable 55-31 lead at the half after shooting an impressive 54% from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, they held BC (9-19, 2-13) to 26% from three, and 32% on all field goals.
FSU also had a huge advantage from their bench, who outscored BC 59-2. PJ Savoy lead all FSU bench players with 15 points, going 4-for-9 from the field and 3-for-8 from three.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who came into the game with the third best assist-to-turnover ratio in the ACC, lead the Seminoles with 10 assists and zero turnovers. On the defensive side of the ball, he really impressed BC coach Jim Christian.
“Mayes is one of the best ball pressure guards in the league,” said Christian. “He doesn’t get enough credit.”
With the win, FSU has won its 20th straight home game, and 17th home game of the year, which sets the school record for most home wins in a single season.
The Seminoles go on the road to play Clemson on Saturday, Feb. 25 and Duke on Tuesday the 28 before returning home for the last game of the regular season against Miami on March 4.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State women’s basketball team (23-4 ,11-3 at home) will face off against the Clemson Tigers (14-13, 3-6 on the road) on Saturday afternoon February 18 at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Both teams are coming off a lost. Florida State is coming off a 51-60 lost against Virginia. Clemson is coming off a 84-80 lost against Notre Dame. Both teams will be looking to earn a win.
During FSU’s last game against Virginia, junior forward Shakayla Thomas suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter, her return is questionable for Saturday’s game.
Thomas is FSU’s top scorer, who averages 15.2 points per game. She has 11 points before leaving the game Thursday night.
Last season, Florida state defeated the Lady Tigers 75-56.
The Florida State Seminoles are 72.3 in PPG, 46.3 in FG% , 71.5 in FT% and 37.2 in 3pt %.
Clemson Tigers is 75.3 in PPG , 45.2 in FG%, 71.6 in FT% and 36.1 in 3PT%.
Both teams are coming off a surprising lost and both are looking for a much needed win.
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Selection Committee released its preliminary projections for the top-16 overall seeds on last Saturday, February 11. Its list includes Florida State (21-5) as a No. 2 seed (sixth overall) in the Midwest Region behind No. 1 seed Kansas.
The two-seed would be the highest seed that the Seminoles have ever locked up heading into the NCAA tournament, having had the three-seed three times prior (1992, 1993, 2012). This also marks the first time that the committee has released a preluding look into their selection process, similar to how the College Football Playoff Selection Committee releases its results on a weekly basis.
With plenty of depth, experience and talent rounding out the end of the bench, many people are claiming this is the best basketball team that Florida State has ever suited up. Coach Leonard Hamilton and the Noles will look for leadership from veterans like Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Dwayne Bacon as the stakes get continually higher into March, but the team will also need younger players like freshman Jonathan Isaac to leave their mark on some games to beat the powerhouses that the Noles will inevitably face.
After learning that they had earned the sixth overall seed in the committee’s eyes, the Noles dropped a road game to a Notre Dame team that is now ranked No. 25 in the country, ultimately causing the Noles to drop three spots to 17 in the latest AP poll. They will look to avenge the loss and defend their seeding on Saturday, February 18th, when they travel to Pittsburgh.
Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State on the giving end of back-to-back blowouts as they put up 95 points on North Carolina State in a 95-71 win. Jonathan Isaac was the high-scoring man, putting up 21 points in the game.
Isaac, who scored just two points in the previous game, came out firing. Isaac scored the first seven points for the Seminoles and scored 17 in the first half.
“It makes the game a lot easier,” said Isaac. “It gets the nerves out the way in the beginning of the game when you hit your first shot.”
Before the game, this looked like it was going to be a freshman showdown between Isaac and Wolfpack leading scorer (leads all ACC freshmen) Dennis Smith Jr., but only one freshman held up their end of the bargain. Smith Jr., who averages 19.2 points a game, was held to just eight points in the game – all in the second half.
The Seminoles threw everything they had at Smith Jr., having him pressured all the way up the court, double teams, and I whole slew of different defenders. His main matchup was against experience Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who loved the challenge.
“We’re big-time athletes – we take challenges,” said XRM. “You see somebody on the other side at your position that you feel like can challenge you, you take the challenge. Competitive juices are always flowing, and you do everything to help your team win ballgames, and that’s something I wanted to do tonight.”
Jonathan Isaac, who helped out on Smith Jr. tonight, spoke on the extra attention given to the NC State guard.
“You have to,” said Isaac. “The dude’s extremely talented and it takes a team to defend him – not just one person. We had that mindset going in that it takes five guys on the court to defend him, so that’s what we did.”
The advantage in star-studded freshmen tonight was essential to the victory, but another area that the Noles dominated in was rebounding. Florida State outrebounded NC State 49-25, gathering 21 offensive rebounds to the Wolfpack’s eight.
“Today I thought they just whipped us on the glass,” said NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. “That was the story of today’s game.”
The next game for the Seminoles will be on the road this Saturday against the Fighting Irish who shot 71% from three in in their last matchup in Tallahassee. Florida State has had their struggles on the road this season, but if Notre Dame shoots like that again at home this time, it will be an even tougher game for the Seminoles.
Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – In a tough and physical in-state matchup in Tallahassee, Florida State beat their rival, Miami, for the second time this season with a score of 80-71. This win extends the Seminoles’ win streak to nine games and gives them their 13th regular-season sweep over Miami.
The Hurricanes (17-6, 6-5) opened the fourth period by tying FSU (22-2, 10-1) 54-54 with a statement three-pointer from Keyona Hayes. From here, however, Miami could not attain a lead. A 12-0 run by Florida State’s Shakayla Thomas and Chatrice White, who together accounted for 40 of the team’s 80 points, widened the point margin once again, giving FSU the second-largest lead of the game.
A couple more threes by Miami closed the margin, but the final minute sealed the Seminole’s victory with seven FSU free throws and a dramatic dunk attempt in the final second by Thomas.
Both Thomas and White were critical players for FSU tonight. Miami head coach, Katie Meier, had a lot to say about the duo.
“White may have had the most points, but Thomas had the best timing,” said Meier. “When FSU needed a score, she made it, especially in the second half.”
White experienced what will be a memorable night for her career this evening, as she scored a season-high 21 points and had a career-high 14 rebounds; she also shot a perfect 10-10 from the -throw line.
“It’s always fun playing like this,” said White. “I love playing physical, it’s my style of play…I wanted to get excited to give my team energy, so that’s what I did.”
Miami also started the game strong against Florida State, holding a lead over the Seminoles for the first six minutes of the game. In that time, however, the Hurricanes were called several times for traveling, which provided FSU with a few extra possessions.
FSU took their first lead after a jump-ball and three-pointer, both by Brittany Brown, and they continued on to a 12-0 run from the end of the first period and into the first minute of the second period. In the second period, FSU built a solid lead for themselves, and they entered the half comfortably ahead of Miami, 40-32.
The third period is when the Hurricanes really put pressure on FSU. It was the only quarter that they outscored the Seminoles, 19-14. It was during this time that Florida State experienced a five-minute drought that began back in the first half. Despite this, Thomas drilled in seven points to help her team hold onto their lead into the fourth period.
“Shakalya played well in both halves, but she really woke up in the second half,” said Florida State head coach Sue Semrau of Thomas. “I credit her, because we have high expectations for her, and she carries that very well.”
Semrau also talked about her team still needing to improve.
“We’ve still got a lot to prove,” said Semrau. “It doesn’t matter if we’re the best Florida State team now, we need to be the best Florida State team at the end of the season. So there’s still work to do.”
The Seminoles will move on to face Wake Forest in Tallahassee this Thursday at 7pm, the same time at which Miami will seek to recover against Virginia.
Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State returns home after a disappointing road trip to beat the Clemson Tigers 109-61 for their 20th win of the season.
The Noles hung over 100 points on an ACC opponent for the first time this season – and the first time in over 15 years. Dwayne Bacon put on a show, tying his career high in points in this commanding win.
Bacon set the tone for the game early, scoring 18 of his 29 points in the first half of the game. He was also extremely efficient shooting; he shot an amazing 71% on the court. The team finished with 26 assists and it seemed like the team was funneling the ball to Bacon.
“I thought his teammates were very aggressive looking for him,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “They realized he had the hot hand and they were passing up shots themselves and moving the ball and making the extra pass and trying to take advantage of what they thought was one of those nights where he was hitting on all cylinders.”
Coach Hamilton also spoke on Bacon’s improved jump shooting and shot selection.
“He has been working extremely hard on his perimeter shooting and he’s gotten much better,” said Hamilton. “His shot selection has been really good all year; he very seldom ever forces a shot.”
Florida State (20-4, 8-3) shot lights out from all over the court, but especially from behind the arc. The team shot 66% from the field and made 17 of 30 three pointers.
“I guess once I started hitting them everyone else was just like, ‘OK I’m going to take threes then,’” said Bacon. “Guys were just hot tonight – feeling it. We’ve been working on our shots all year, everybody, and guys were just hitting them.”
The bench for Florida State totaled 55 points and shot the ball well. The substitutes made 10 of 16 three pointers in the game. Three of those shots came from Braian Angola-Rodas who scored 12 points and didn’t miss a shot the entire game.
“Coach always tells me ‘just be ready, be patient. Your playing will come,’” said Angola-Rodas. “I always stay ready, that’s how it works.”
The Seminoles slightly stumbled on their most recent road trip winning just one of three games. In the first two games Florida State started slow and had to dig themselves out of a hole. Today however, the Seminoles came out hot, starting the game on a 20-8 run and ending the first half on a 14-2 run.
“We got our identity back,” said Terance Mann. “Before Georgia Tech we were doing all the little things and then when we got to Georgia Tech – those away games kind of shocked us.”
Coach Hamilton has been trying to focus the team one game at a time. He believed that the team started to look ahead on the road trip and became distracted.
“We’ve been working very hard trying to keep this team in the movement so we don’t have one of those setbacks which I thought we had for a couple of games,” said Hamilton.
Florida State, still undefeated at home, gets another much needed home game where they will play North Carolina State this Wednesday.
Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – No. 10 Florida State gets another big win over a ranked opponent beating No. 12 Louisville 73-68. Freshman phenom Jonathan Isaac recorded his third straight double-double – he finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Isaac’s 10th rebound was a timely one, as he grabbed it after Louisville (16-4, 4-3) guard Tony Hicks missed a layup that would have brought the Cardinals within one point of the Seminoles (18-2, 6-1) with less than 30 seconds to play. Isaac had a very efficient game taking just seven shots and going 7-for-7 at the line, including a pair of clutch free throws down the stretch.
The game got a lot closer than those who watched the first couple of minutes might have guessed; the Seminoles started the game on a 14-0 run in the first three minutes of the game. Slowly but surely the Cardinals clawed their way back into the game, but were fought off by Isaac and the rest of the starters towards the end.
“Jonathan has the ability to play the game the right way,” Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton said.
“I mean, he only took seven shots. You would think that a guy of his caliber would be a lot more aggressive hunting shots, but with his ability to make shots he never forces the shot.”
One of the more surprising stats of the day was the Florida State bench being outscored – and by a lot. The Louisville bench scored 40 points to the Noles’ 11.
One of the main stories of this Seminoles season has been the success of their bench the “Boom Squad,” as they like to be called, but in this game the starters had to get it done.
“Anyone can step up,” said Terance Mann, who finished with 15 points after going scoreless in the previous game. “Today the starters stepped up and took that role of, ‘we’re going to be the boom squad.’ We’re going to have to do that if they’re not doing it – and if we’re not doing it, then they’re going to have to do it.”
After the victory, the whole team looked both elated and relieved as their gauntlet of six straight ranked opponents was finally over. Through the tough stretch of six games, the Seminoles won five – which is more than some people expected.
“It definitely excites us just because nobody thought we would do the stretch [of games] how we did it,” said Dwayne Bacon who also poured in a game-high 16 points. “I know a couple of guys probably thought we’d be 2-4, or not win any of the games just because of what we did last year. We believe in us and our coaches believe in us.”
Even though the tremendously rough patch of the schedule is over, there are still plenty of worthy opponents that lie ahead. The next three games are on the road, all to teams who have at least two conference wins and are very capable teams.
“In the ACC every night it feels like you’re playing a ranked team so we can’t let up now,” Mann said.
Florida State travels to Georgia Tech in their next game this Wednesday at 7pm.
Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – No. 10 Florida State made it out alive Wednesday night against No. 15 Notre Dame, defeating the Irish 83-30 and giving them their first loss in the ACC. This game gave the Noles their fifth straight win over a ranked opponent, although it certainly wasn’t an easy one.
Freshman forward Jonathan Isaac had quite the game, despite starting the night off with four turnovers in the first five minutes. He finished the night with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 blocks.
Not only was the entire arena impressed and shocked, Notre Dame (16-3, 5-1) head coach Mike Brey had a few words to share at the post game press conference on the young star.
“The two threes that he hit in the second half across from their bench were back breaking threes,” said Brey. “Those are big-time pressure shots. I have a lot of respect for that guy. A lot of guys can’t make them. They can make them in the first half, but can they make them when it’s crunch time.”
As for the Irish, their three-point shooting kept them in the game. Ironic enough, they only took their first lead on a layup made late in the second half. Notre Dame ended the night 15 of 21 from 3-point range, shooting 71%.
“I’ve never seen that before,” said Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton. “It’s hard to shoot 71 percent even if you’re in the gym and shooting alone and no one blocking you.”
FSU (17-2, 5-1) makes it to 17-2 and 5-1 in the ACC and faces their next ranked opponent No. 11 Louisville at home against this Saturday at 2 p.m.