Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS)
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.