No. 25 Florida Point out played a little a lot less unattractive basketball than the Ga Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday afternoon, and though it was not rather to look at, the Seminoles’ 59-49 get in Tallahassee is FSU’s third in a row. The ’Noles (16-5) have bounced back from a 1-4 commence in ACC engage in to even their convention document at 4-4, though handing the Jackets (11-11, 3-6) their third straight decline. But seriously I’m just stalling so I don’t have to write about this video game. Alright, if I ought to.
It was a rocky commence for the Seminoles, who misplaced Phil Cofer early— fortunately not to injuries. Cofer picked up two fouls in a lot less than 3 minutes and expended the rest of the first fifty percent on the bench. GT wisely countered with a 1-3-1 zone, which concedes the short corner where Cofer generally excels. Even now, FSU moved the ball rather perfectly from the Jackets’ protection, acquiring good seems and accumulating 8 helps on its first 11 discipline goals.
But in spite of a lengthy rest, the Seminoles’ misses were significantly unpleasant. They appeared like a crew devoid of their legs, which is unusual, because they’ve been off because Sunday. Even now, a few of early airballs came up short, and a several other photographs barely received to the entrance of the rim. Of Florida State’s first 8 discipline goals, four were dunks. At the break, the ’Noles experienced strike just 7-24 non-dunks— and they were winning, 33-27. Both equally groups shot 39% in the first fifty percent. And that was the significant-water mark.
Tech is not a extremely gifted crew, and they confirmed it. The Jackets’ chief, place guard Jose Alvarado, went -10 and fouled out with points. Ga Tech wins by mucking issues up and slogging it out, and which is just what transpired in the 2nd fifty percent, as all rhythm was sucked out of the video game, thanks in part to a selection of formal testimonials that slowed the contest to a crawl.
The Seminoles’ turnovers nearly doubled just after halftime, as they experienced just 5 at the break and nine just after. How bad was the 2nd fifty percent? The groups shot 50% just after intermission— if you incorporate GT’s 22% capturing to FSU’s 28% clip. The Seminoles’ M.J. Walker, who discovered his stroke by hitting 6-7 threes from Miami on Sunday, evidently left it in Miami. He could have feasted on the Jackets’ zone but instead completed -7 from the ground.
As a crew, Florida Point out strike just 4-16 from downtown. But Tech matched the Seminoles’ ineptitude from deep, building a putrid 3-21. The only spot the Jackets could shoot was from the line, where they sunk 12-14 free throws (86%). But FSU far more than neutralized that, acquiring to the stripe considerably far more usually and building 23-30 (77%).
This was the video game that refused to end, as GT slash a 41-29 Florida Point out edge to 55-49 with a several minutes left in advance of the ’Noles strike their freebies and the clock mercifully bled to zero. How bad was the end? The Seminoles didn’t make a discipline purpose in the previous 5:45, and Tech did not rating a place in the remaining 4:23. Of the teams’ previous 26 put together FG makes an attempt to end the video game, two went by way of the rim.
Mfiondu Kabengele and Terance Mann led the way for Florida Point out with 12 points each and every, though Christ Koumadje experienced 8 rebounds and Trent Forrest and David Nichols dished out 3 helps apiece.
These games materialize. Just request NC Point out, which just scored 24 points in a decline to Virginia Tech. At house. And the Wolfpack are (were) rated forward of the Seminoles, at No. 23. The Pack’s shame is good timing for FSU, as any discussion of unattractive basketball will start out and end in Raleigh.
The ACC’s latest slogan is “Bring your ‘A’ video game,” but which is just not heading to materialize each and every time you lace them up. The important thing is that the Seminoles survived. And that it is above.