FSU 72 Gardner-Webb 59 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Bill From Tampa

Veteran Seminole Insider
Apr 1, 2002
FSU 72 Gardner-Webb 59 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good

5-1 overall and starting a new home winning streak. 70-4 at home since the 2015-2016 season. It was also the 1,250th win in program history.

FSU played with more energy in this game compared to the UCF game. At least on defense anyway holding the Bulldogs to 31% from the floor, 27% from the arc. Leonard Hamilton said after the game that he felt the team played great defense and contested shots making each one by Gardner-Webb difficult. G-Webb's leading scorer Jaheam Cornwall probably could attest to that as he was held to one basket and 7 points overall, 8 under his season average.

FSU absolutely owned the boards 53-30, 18 offensive vs 7 for G-Webb.

Anthony Polite. He nearly had a double double with 15 points and 9 boards. Of note was his ability to put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket. A highlight play was off a Scottie Barnes steal right under G-Webb's basket but missed the shot. Polite was there for the put back increasing the 'Noles' lead to 58-53.

Balsa Koprivica was close to his career high scoring 14 adding 8 rebounds. His highlight reel included on offense an alley oop slam from Barnes. Defensively his emphatic blocked shot with 1:19 made sure G-Webb was not going to mount another run.

Good to see Malik Osbourne playing with energy contributing some valuable points (8) along with 8 rebounds, 6 on the offensive end. His slam dunk put FSU up for good at 52-50.

FTs finally converting at the line, 24-32 (75%).

Got to mention Rayquan Evans' deeeeeeeeeeeeeeep three from the right wing stretching the Seminoles lead to 68-59. It wasn't like he wasn't covered on that shot.

A scary moment when Barnes went down with an injury and limped off the court. However, he did return to the floor.

The Bad

Ten first half turnovers. Ended the game with sixteen. The team averaged 12 coming into the game. Way too many were of the unforced error variety as the Bulldogs were doing nothing special on defense. Just too many mental mistakes.

Despite dominating the boards, FSU had very little to show for it converting very few second chance points.

While overall the defense was quite good containing G-Webb's leading scorer, they gave up something else. Namely Lance Terry who scored twelve over his average finishing with 23 points. It was Terry who help keep it much too close for comfort for much of the game before FSU could finally pull away in the final minutes.

The Ugly

If you like ugly shooting games, this was it. The Seminoles were just 31% from the floor. Worse yet the 'Noles launched 33 three pointers connecting on only 9 (27%). That is way too many threes to shoot against a team that was not especially tough inside. Hamilton felt the team put too much pressure on themselves. The opportunities were there he said, but they were unable to convert.

After building a nine point lead, 48-39, the Seminoles were a miserable 1-11 from the floor.

MJ Walker's injury late in the game going down awkwardly bending his right leg at an angle legs and knees are not supposed to go. Because it was late in the game, his status is unknown. When we last saw Walker after the buzzer had sounded he was being carried to the locker room by a teammate. We hope that was just joking around.

Up Next

FSU will not play again until Dec 29th when the team travels to Clemson for a 7 PM tip. The game will be broadcast on RSN. The Tigers' are currently 6-1 with the one loss to VT, 66-60. Clemson looks improved this season.