For the second straight season FSU will enter ACC play without a signature win. This was the Seminoles last chance to get one, but they fell short on both ends of the court dropping the game 82-64. FSU only scored on 1 of its first 14 possessions, but then played solid basketball for the rest of the half and the first four minutes of the 2nd half. Trailing 38-36 at the 16:00 minute mark of the 2nd half FSU had the chance to tie or take the lead, but Luke Loucks - who otherwise played an excellent game - tried to force a pass that wasn't there, and from there the wheels came off. Four minutes later the Seminoles trailed by 15 and the game was effectively over.
Turnovers and misses at the rim were once again the issue. FSU coughed it up on 27% of their possessions, but Nole fans have come to expect that. What was frustrating was that FSU was actually executing the offense quite well, but then missed at least 9 point blank looks, which has been a theme in recent games.
Luke Loucks led all Seminoles with 15 points and 4 assists, and freshman Terry Whisnant added 11 on 4-5 shooting. Ian Miller played his first game of the season and showed flashes through his rust. He finished with 7 points. Antwan Space also saw his first action since recovering from foot surgery, but was limited to a couple of possessions at the end of the first half.
The Seminoles don't play again for eight days, and then they'll have two must win games against Princeton and Auburn.