Taking Talent to South Beach and Walking Away Victorious
In an ugly, in-state, conference game, the Seminoles came out on top and held off rival Miami to advance to 4-1 in the ACC and share the top ranks in the conference with Duke and Boston College.
Last night in Coral Gables, Florida State went down to face the Hurricanes of Miami U in an in-state, ACC basketball match-up. The first half of the game was terrible, terrible for the Noles because they shot a measly 4-for-25 from the field; terrible for the Canes because they were only ahead by 7 when the horn sounded for the half. The first field goal that FSU made was a Terrance Shannon dunk nearly ten minutes into the game. Regardless of never having a first half lead, the Seminoles headed into the locker room down 31-24.
In the second half, State came out to work on coming back and come back they did. The half started with a 3-pointer from Miami. After that shot, the Seminoles went on a 7-0 run bringing the game back to within 3 points. With 5:35 left on the clock, Florida State had its first lead of the night riding on the back of Derwin Kitchen and never looked back from there. Kitchen scored all 7 of his points in the second half, 2 of which came on the go-ahead lay-up. He also racked up 8 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in the final half. The Noles defended their lead late and caught a few breaks but head back to Tallahassee with a 55-53 win.
Florida State hosts Boston College in a huge match-up on Saturday night at 7 pm. This game will knock one of the teams out of the lead in the conference.
Miami heads to Raleigh to face North Carolina State on Sunday. Both teams are currently 1-3 in the ACC.