Florida State faced Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and was it a nail biter. "We were able to get some significant stops and deflections and steals that gave us some easy opportunities".
The ninth-seeded Florida State Seminoles knocked No. 1 seed Xavier out of the NCAA tournament with a 75-70 second-round victory Sunday.
On the season, Florida State averages 81.8 points, 38.0 rebounds and 15.3 assists per game. Head coach Leonard Hamilton grabbed P.J. Savoy by the jersey and yanked him into the team huddle during a second-half timeout.
Hamilton said Forrest's main contribution goes beyond statistics. "We're back in the Sweet 16, so I am proud of my boys". After a lost senior season for our patron saint Bonzie Colson, we feels as they we were owed this, too. The coach had to separate Savoy and senior guard Braian Angola, who were arguing after a miscommunication on the court. "And I think we did it".
The Seminoles went 9-9 in the rugged ACC. On the flip side, Gonzaga has to be better at the line than they've been in the first two games: they were 13 of 25 against UNC Greensboro and 19 of 31 against Ohio State. They will lose two starters due to graduation but Ronjanae DeGray, who is the team's leading scorer and rebounder, still has one more year of eligibility. The freshman forward played only 16 minutes before heading to the bench with back tightness and did not take part in the Saturday practice session.
Josh Hall converted an offensive rebound for the tiebreaking basket with 9.1 seconds left as Nevada erased a 22-point deficit in the final 11 minutes. Cane Broome briefly lost control of the ball and then passed to the area of Gary Clark as the final seconds ticked away.
"As a matter of fact, during those moments where it appeared to be more challenging, they were challenging each other, in an extremely aggressive way, and in each other's face with a lot more determined attitude". Krzyzewski called it a "containment press".
It was not enough for OH to lose one heartbreaker at Bridgestone Arena - Nevada came back from 22 points down to beat Cincinnati - but on Sunday evening, the fair denizens of that state could only watch as No. 1 seed Xavier suffered the same fate.
Hamilton has guided FSU to six NCAA Tournaments in his 16 seasons, but his mission isn't complete.
"I did hesitate to see what the defender was going to do", Savoy said of his three. "We're still fighting for our rightful place in the basketball hierarchy so this gives us an opportunity to take another step closer".