For the 2nd straight game FSU had to watch a poor 3-point shooting team raining threes from all over the court. Tulsa made six of their first ten to take a 27-22 lead, but from there it was (almost) all FSU. The Noles finished the half with a 14-6 run to take a 3-point lead at the half.
Some sloppy play to open the 2nd and a couple more quick 3s and Tulsa took a 41-40 lead. But they reverted to form and only made 3-11 3s down the stretch (right at their season average). FSU kept with their gameplan, and the lead kept expanding. FSU maintained a double digit lead for the final nine minutes, and won with the walk-ons on the court, 82-63.
This was a 74 possession game, meaning the Noles scored 1.11 per possession, which is the 3rd most scored against Tulsa this season. It was also the 3rd time in four games where the Noles held an opponent below 0.85 per possession.
For most of the 2nd half run, FSU went small with Okaro White, Terrance Shannon and three guards. Shannon responded with his 3rd double-double of the year (16 and 11) and played perhaps his best game of the season. He had four offensive boards, and his energy and motor were too much for the Tulsa bigs to get anything going inside.
FSU also dominated this game on the boards, which has been rare to see this year. The Noles grabbed 39% of their own misses, while limiting Tulsa to just 23%.
FSU next plays at Auburn on Wednesday, and with a win will match their fewest out of conference losses since the 2009-10 season.