A second straight impressive outing for Leonard Hamilton's young squad
These past two seasons the Noles have have their greatest ACC success, but they've lacked something on their resume come March: an impressive out-of-conference win. They might have taken care of that tonight by blowing out a really solid Brigham Young team, 88-70 in an uptempo 79 possession game.
FSU has struggled early in the season on the defensive end, but the Noles came out and forced turnovers on three straight possessions to start the game. It took a bit for shots to start falling on offense, but once they did FSU was able to open up a 20-9 lead. But then BYU got their transition game rolling and tied the game at 34 just before the under-4 timeout. Just when it seemed that BYU was going to take control before the half, Leonard Hamilton called a timeout and FSU scored. Then FSU got a stop and scored again. It turned into a 10-1 run to close the half and the rout was on.
This, despite FSU committing 13 turnovers in the half.
BYU made a quick run to start the 2nd, but FSU started taking care of the ball, and when they put shots up BYU couldn't get a stop. The lead eventually ballooned to 27 before BYU chipped away to make the end score seem more reasonable.
Particularly impressive was Devon Bookert. Despite clearly not being in shape yet, he added 6 assists and 5 boards to his point total, and looked completely in control running the offense. Once he's healthy the guard rotation is scary deep. They still have plenty of work to do on the defensive rotations, but still, the talent is obvious.
The other player of note was Boris Bojanovsky. He only had 4 points, but he added 3 blocks, 3 steals and a couple of big boards in traffic. For the 2nd straight game Leonard Hamilton took a long look in the 2nd half at how he looked with the starters (minus Turpin), and for the 2nd straight game FSU looked great with that combination.
Now the Noles face a quick turnaround against the winner of Notre Dame/St. Joe's. Both teams are very, very good.