FSU 92 WF 85 OT The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Bill From Tampa

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FSU 92 WF 85 OT The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly


The Good

11-3 overall, 7-2 ACC. 23rd consecutive home win over ACC opponents good for 2nd place all time all alone in conference history. 11th straight OT win tying the national record for consecutive OT wins. 4th consecutive win and 10th out of the last 12 over WF.

FSU outscored WF 12-5 in overtime but made just one basket. The rest of the points came at the FT line. Exactly what you need to do to win games. And FTs were the difference in the game as FSU was 26-35 while WF was 18-25. The other shooting stats were almost identical.

The obvious player of the game to me was RaQuan Gray who recorded his second career double double with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Add to that 3 blocked shots including a timely one in overtime when he swatted away Jonah Antonio's slam dunk attempt with seven seconds left. What also was impressive about Turk's play was how he worked to get two WF starters to foul out in the extra period. On the first possession, he got Ian DuBose, who had 18 points, to commit his fifth foul. Later and again taking the ball to the rim, he got Ody Oguama to pick up his fifth. Gray made it count by converting all four FTs giving FSU an 84-81 lead with 2:13 to play.

The obvious play of the game has to be Scottie Barnes' basket to tie the game. Thanks to a Carter Whitt turnover, Barnes took it the length of the floor (some credit to Malik Osbourne with a screen out near the timeline) taking it in from the left side. But with Oguama on his back, Barnes deftly reversed the layup to the right to tie the score at 80 apiece with .6 left in regulation. It is the kind of play you expect your 5 star player to make. And he did finishing with 13 points and 4 boards off the bench.

Other players in double figures: MJ Walker with 14 (the 11th game for him in double digits), Osbourne with 12 in his first start of the season, and after missing four games welcome back Anthony Polite also with 12. His defense was also missed as he forced two turnovers. In addition, he caused a jump ball with possession to Florida State in OT.

The fact that the team was able to find a way to win. Losing to a 6-8 team at home as well as back to back losses would not have helped FSU's case at all in seeding for the NCAA especially with the postponement of five games.

Highlight reel play of the game. Gray's inbound baseball pass to a wide open Barnes under FSU's basket and the easy slam dunk as the WF defender sailed by. With just 25 seconds left, that made WF's chances of pulling off the upset very problematic.

Other notable plays: In overtime, MJ knocking away the cross court pass tipping it to Barnes who took it in for the slam. Osbourne passing up what would have been the contested three instead passing to MJ who canned the three for a 63-57 lead, a needed basket as WF was on that 9-0 run. Barnes fast break drive all alone and the slam with one second remaining in the first half giving FSU a 41-31 lead. MJ with the nice pass for the assist from under the basket and a 52-41 lead. Osbourne with two big offensive rebounds in OT. Gray's steal taking it the distance against two WF defenders and the slam, FSU 75-72.


The Bad

The rust and lack of playing/practicing showed. Especially on defense with a definite lack of communication.

FSU's defense struggled in stopping the Deacons in part because WF surprised the Seminoles coming out with an entirely different offensive system, something Leonard Hamilton called a 5 out system.

After getting a 13 point lead 60-47 with 12:47 to play, Hamilton felt there was a let down by his team's defense. He was right as WF frankly outplayed the Seminoles from that point on. A WF 9-0 run made it an entirely different game. Until overtime that is.

No Balsa Koprivica who was dressed but did not play due to a turned ankle in shoot around. That forced some adjustments in the starting lineup and in the rotations. The team struggled much of the game with that but came through when it really counted.

Hamilton could not be happy seeing his defense allow WF to shoot 45% from the floor where there were far too many straight line drives to the rim. Worse yet 48% from the arc. Credit Aussie UNLV transfer Antonio for that who nailed 3 straight three pointers, 7-8 for the game from the arc. So either way, FSU's defense struggled in all aspects of the game. Until it really counted in OT.

WF doing a lot if yapping out there in particular by DuBose. FSU's response was tepid at best. That is until Gray had enough of DuBose draped all over him and elbowed him to the floor in OT.


The Ugly

Tanor Ngom difficulties with committing illegal screens. Frankly he could have been called for more than the two he was whistled for.

Clock management. I was going to call this ugly when it took four seconds to foul WF with just 9.7 seconds left in regulation. As it turned out it was a good thing because it eventually left the Deacons only .6 of a second in which to score the winning basket after Barnes game tying layup. But it was still ugly to take that much time to foul.

I will add to the above letting a number of seconds roll off the clock down to 19 seconds before fouling on WF's last legit possession of regulation when it was clear they were going to run the clock down to as little as three seconds. But as it turned out, that also gave WF less time. So a number of breaks went our way. It is one reason FSU is 11-3 and WF is 6-9.


Up Next

Now it gets really tough as Virginia (14-3, 10-1) visits Tallahassee on Monday for a 7 PM tip. Assuming the Cavs beat UNC later tonight (and they should), if FSU wants any chance at the regular season title, they must beat UVa where they are currently two games behind the conference leader. The game will be shown on ESPN.
 

NoleMan32

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Noles will be ready to play! UVA will be a tough one no doubt.
 

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