FSU beats top-50 opponents on back-to-back nights to take the Coaches vs Cancer Classic
Eight days ago, seven of twelve FSU players had never played a Division I college basketball game. And it showed in a home loss to South Alabama. But Coach Hamilton never wavered in the post game. He repeated what he had been saying for months - this team was going to be really good. It was just a matter of when.
Well, when appears to have arrived. Last night FSU took down a very good BYU team, and tonight they did the same to an even better St. Joe's. And they did it with what has become their new calling card - offense. The Noles won 73-66. It might not sound as impressive as last night's 88 points, but it came in a game where St. Joe's was doing everything they could to slow the tempo. This was a 63 possession game, meaning that the Noles scored 1.16 points per possession against what is projected to be one of the five best defenses they'll face all season. FSU made 6-13 3s, and only turned the ball over 11 times.
FSU led by 4 at the half, fell behind early in the second, and then battled back. They maintained a lead for the final 11:25.
Now they'll head home with the Coaches vs Cancer trophy, and prepare to face North Florida on Wednesday. This team still has a ton of learning to do on both ends of the floor, but they've bounced back from their opening loss in the best way possible.
If you haven't tuned in yet, do so. This is a fun team to watch.