TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Seminoles did not make it look easy, but earned their first win in this year’s NIT beating Davidson 84-74. Freshmen duo Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley were top scorers combining for 44 points.
Davidson shot well from behind the arc for the entirety game, shooting 39.4%, but the Noles played tough and with intensity in the second half and came out on top.
Sophomore Peyton Aldridge had only five points at the end of the first half for the Wildcats but finished with 16 after knocking down three threes in the second half. Junior Jack Gibbs led the team in scoring with 17 points, 14 of which came in the second half.
“You have to give them [Davidson] credit; I thought our effort was good,” Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton said.
“They’re a good basketball team and they executed. It wasn’t as much about what we were not doing, I just think you have to give them credit.”
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State snapped a five-game losing streak on Saturday, upsetting No. 23 Notre Dame 77-56.
The Fighting Irish came into the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center ranked No. 1 in offensive efficiency. The Seminoles, however, held them to just 56 points, a season low.
“They’re tremendous perimeter shooters, so we had to be able to catch them and contest their shots,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “That makes a big difference when you have to shoot contested shots versus uncontested shots. I think that gave us an opportunity to get stops because our guys were just conscious of the fact that if we were not able to catch them, they would knock them down.”
Florida State never trailed. Dwayne Bacon hit a three to start the game, and the Seminoles never looked back. With the score tied at seven with just over 15 minutes to play in the first half, Florida State went on a 9-0 scoring run, surging to a 16-7 lead.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State came into the Wednesday night matchup against Georgia Tech needing a win to keep their NCAA Tournaments hopes alive, but the Yellow Jackets had other plans as they stole one in Tallahassee 86-80.
The Seminoles (16-10, 6-8) had beaten Georgia Tech (14-12, 4-9) 10 consecutive times previous to the Wednesday night matchup. This Yellow Jacket win was their first against Florida State since 2007.
“I don’t know if you ever get over those tough losses, but you are able to build up scar tissue a little bit. I think our guys took a big step tonight in finishing the game,” Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory said.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Miami led the entire second half, but Florida State had the ball with a chance to tie with just 27 seconds left in the game.
However, Xavier Rathan-Mayes dribbled the ball off his foot after Dwayne Bacon couldn’t find a hole in the Hurricane defense and Miami won 67-65.
Miami started off the game strong taking an early lead and continuously outplaying the Seminoles. Benji Bell gave the Seminoles life in the first half, hitting a corner three and seconds later after a steal in transition, Bell took the opportunity nailing another three from the same spot.
Then Terrance Mann grabbed a rebound off a Hurricane miss and went coast-to-coast for an and-1. That gave Florida State their first and last lead of the night 15-14.
Miami responded quickly with a layup by Davon Reed, and the Hurricanes led the rest of the game with Florida State knocking at the door.
Devon Bookert scored 14 points for FSU (16-9, 6-7) and Xavier Rathan-Mayes added 12. They were the only Seminoles in double figures.
Freshman Malik Beasley had scored in double figures all 24 games this season, but the Miami defense limited him to just six points.
McClellan, pictured below, led all scorers with 20 points and Reed added 14. Rodriguez finished with 11 points and six assists for Miami (20-4, 9-3).
Florida State now takes on Georgia Tech this Wednesday at 9pm.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – After a poor start in conference play, Florida State records a huge win at home against ACC rival Clemson 76-65.
The Seminoles (14-7, 4-5) played with high intensity and a sense of urgency throughout the entirety of the game. Freshman Dwayne Bacon led the team in scoring notching 21 points, 15 in the first half, and also grabbed six rebounds.
The Clemson Tigers (13-8, 6-3) played in a 2-3 zone for most of the game, which gave Bacon a lot of room to score down low.
“I’m good at attacking from either block or the short corner,” said Bacon. “That’s what coach Ham told me to do. He said when I get it there, just attack; and that’s what I did.”