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Inside the box score: FSU 65, UF 63

A look at some of the things that may have gotten glossed over in the dramatic win over the Gators

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FSU 65, UF 63 tip in

1. FSU forced the Gators into 17 turnovers, which was 24.6% of their possessions. That's their highest turnover rate of the season. Florida State committed 15 turnovers of their own, but 11 came in the game's first 30 possessions. Over the next 43 possessions the Seminoles only committed four. During that time they outscored UF by nine.

2. The Gators had one blocked shot. FSU has now had 4.7% of their shots blocked on the season, which is the 3rd fewest in the nation out of 351 Division I teams. This has helped lead to a 56% shooting rate on 2s for FSU, which is 13th nationally. This is especially noteworthy since FSU can't shoot from the outside and every defense is keyed on stopping Florida State in the paint.

3. With Michael Ojo and Kiel Turpin unable to cause many problems for UF, Boris Bojanovsky stepped in and played 16 minutes of inspired basketball. Early in the 2nd half he got a steal on the perimeter, and went from half court to the rim with one dribble. He was the only Seminole to make more than half his shots (4-5), scoring 10 points. He also had three assists and two steals.

Boris Bojanovsky steal and dunk

4. FSU got to the line 25 times. Florida State now has the 23rd highest free throw rate of any team in the country. In 13 games they have taken 87 more free throws than their opponents.

5. The Seminoles won 65-63 in a 73 possession game. The 0.86 scored per possession by the Gators was their lowest of the year, and the lowest since the Elite 8 loss to Wisconsin two seasons ago. FSU's defense began the season by giving up more than a point per possession to four of their first five opponents, but have now held every opponent but Notre Dame below that mark in the past eight games. For this team to be successful, the defense has to continue to improve.