FSU 69 Purdue 79 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Bill From Tampa

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FSU 69 Purdue 79 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


The Good

For a while time, there was hope that FSU could pull off the upset of the fifth ranked Boilermakers. With 14:46 to play, the Seminoles led 47-46 after a three by Tom House. It was the 9th lead change in the game. Unfortunately, Purdue took the lead back once again on a 9-0 run. The "Noles managed to get within three twice, but Purdue answered every time mainly on the play of their PG, Brandon Smith, Despite the defense picking him up the length of the court, Smith was able to break down the defense time and again and either score or dish off to a teammate for the basket.

Add in 12 ties and it was a pretty entertaining game. FSU started strong, stayed strong. Came out of intermission strong with an 8-0 run to lead 40-34. But just wore down at the end as the Seminoles could not defend the spread offense of the Boilermakers.

FSU players of the game included Matthew Cleveland with 20 points and 6 rebounds. He was very productive shooting the ball going 8 of 12. Darin Green put on a first half show with 16 points that kept the 'Noles close (34-32 at the half). He blistered the net from the arc 3 of 4 (4 of 7 for the game) and finished with 23 points. Cam'Ron Fletcher and Caleb Mills get honorable mentions.

Plays of the game. Defense to offense as Jalen Warley intercepted the bullet pass, got the ball up the floor quickly with the outlet pass, and Cleveland made the layup plus the foul to pull FSU to within three, 57-54. The nice weave out at the circle that drew a collapsing defense. Green kicked it out to a wide open Cam"Ron Fletcher for the three. Green's bomb from 24 feet out.

Loved the "T" on Brandon Newman for trash talking to FSU's bench after he made a three pointer.


The Bad

1-8. Man that hurts to type that. Leonard Hamilton has the best record in the country in upsetting ranked teams while FSU in unranked. That number is still stuck on 55 after tonight's game.

I believe FSU has had the the winner of the ACC 6th man award the last four seasons. It is pretty clear that streak will end this season. Just five points total from the four bench players who saw PT.

Eight turnovers. Normally you would say that was pretty dadgum good. But it was the timing of the mistakes that Hamilton noted after the game that hurt the chances of the upset. Two of them occurred in the final minutes of the game.

The last TV timeout was at the 3:51 mark, FSU trailed by just 67-60. What killed FSU's chances was going 0-6 from the floor until Cleveland's three pointer with 1;10 to play. It still left FSU trailing by eight, 71-63, and time running out.

Defense played hard most of the game. It struggled when the younger players were in and Mills and Green were on the bench. Purdue shot in the mid 30's much of the game until FSU wore down and finished 46% from the floor. Purdue's (really) big man, Zach Edey was tough enough to handle scoring 25 along with 8 boards. Cameron Corhen defended him when Naheem McLeod was on the bench, and that was a huge mismatch. You had to feel for Corhen having to deal with Edey. But the game breaker was Smith scoring 13, dished out 7 assists, and grabbed 9 boards, 5 offensive. Mills was FSU's best chance to hold him in check. Unfortunately for FSU, the advantage went to the team with a true PG.


The Ugly

McLeod getting called for the foul when clearly Edey initiated the contact. He had McLeod bent over backwards before McLeod had to make some sort of physical move to avoid being snapped in two. Not sure how the refs missed that call. If you could see it on TV, not sure why the refs just a few feet away missed it.

Rebounding. 46-31. FSU is just not getting it done as a team. The 'Noles have guys who are rebounding such as Fletcher. who had 10 boards tonight. But the guards need to get involved in that aspect of the game as well.

Green's sky high cross court pass to Warley that of course sailed over his head and OB. Just one of those ill-timed turnovers.

No clue how it happened, but Warley and Cleveland colliding and Smith recovering the loose ball. And THEN fouling him in the process. The only good thing to come out of that was Smith missed the FT.


Up Next

It does not get any easier as FSU travels to Virginia for a Saturday 2 PM tip. The #3 Cavaliers are 6-0 after squeaking by Michigan last night 70-68. The game will be shown on ESPN2.