By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
November 29, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — By the time Trent Forrest made the shot, and the steal, Florida State had finished the first half of its brutal out-of-conference slate at 6-1, with a never-say-die attitude that’s become the standard in Leonard Hamilton’s program.
“We all understand how good we are but we all understand how good we can be when we put all the pieces together,” Forrest said following Wednesday’s win against Purdue. “I feel like that’s just one thing we’ve learned and we know that, even in tight games, we know not to give up on each other. We know how to win and come from behind.”
The Seminoles, whose one loss is to the reigning national champions in Villanova, have blown out their arch rival and are 2-0 against the SEC and 1-0 against the Big Ten, all before December.
And, it’s all been without one of their biggest stars in Phil Cofer.
“It just shows that we have a lot of toughness, we’ve got a lot of discipline. We’ve got a lot of toughness and racking these games up now will probably help us down the stretch,” Seminole guard Terance Mann said.
Ever mindful that the road to March is a marathon and not a sprint, Hamilton doesn’t seem content to let his squad buy into their own hype.
“Philosophically, that sounds good. But, in reality, coaches don’t want to wait until the game’s on the line before we start making plays to win,” he said. “That’s who we are right now. We’re not as consistent as we need to be. I was hoping we could continue to keep winning while we’re developing.”
Call it heart. Call it unfinished business. Whatever you call it, it’s certainly one thing: fun.