Minnesota 67, FSU 64

Jeff Zelevansky

FSU entered the game shooting lights out from the arc, making 59% of their 3s in the NIT. But FSU was the best 3-pt shooting team in the ACC, so the numbers weren't all that unexpected. Minnesota, as noted in the preview, takes a ton of 3s but isn't all that good at making them. Well, tonight, that changed.

The Gophers made their first 4 3-pt attempts, and six of their first seven. They blitzed FSU from the beginning and took a 13-point lead midway through the first quarter. Gradually, though, the 3-pt lottery began to turn on Minnesota, and FSU was able to make a few runs.

The Noles cut the lead to 10 at halftime, and then to 5 barely five minutes into the second half.

Unfortunately, the 3-pointers never started falling for FSU, even as Minnesota finally struggled. The Noles made just 4-18 (22%) for the game, their worst shooting night in more than 2 months.

Still, FSU was able to hang around, briefly taking a 1-pt lead near the final media timeout. Minnesota scored a couple of buckets and FSU entered foul-mode. With FSU down 3 with seven seconds left, Minnesota missed two at the line. Minnesota proceeded to compound their error by not fouling, and Devon Bookert hit a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime.

In OT it was more of the same. FSU again found themselves down three and while Minnesota chased Ian Miller in an attempt to foul him, he got off a relatively clean 3-pointer but it wasn't to be.

Minnesota won. The Noles are finished. And now it's time to begin looking forward to next year.

In their final games for FSU, Okaro White and Ian Miller both scored 16 points. Okaro added 12 boards. For the underclassmen, Devon Bookert scored 13 points, grabbed 5 boards, and had 3 assists and no turnovers.

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