A season which began with a lot of hope officially ended at Valparaiso in a tournament that FSU didn't set out to be in, against a team which probably should have been in the big dance.
The Noles struggled all night against a top-15 defense, while the Crusaders had an unusually good shooting game. It certainly wasn't the way the seniors wanted to go out.
Valpo took an early 7-0 lead before the Noles got things going. They made a run to cut it to one point, and then the Crusaders opened things back up again. Another run cut it to two, but again, Valpo had an answer. This one put the Crusarers up 10, and that's when the halftime buzzer sounded.
The second half looked like it was going to be played in that no-man's zone with Valpo up but unable to pull away. Then the freshmen got hot, and just like that a 12-point lead was cut to three.
Unfortunately, that was the highlight.
Florida State just couldn't hang another run on the Valparaiso defense, and the Crusaders pulled away. All Everything forward Alec Peters was dominant with 26 points and 9 rebounds. He scored inside when matched up with smaller players, and scored outside when matched up with bigs.
In the end it was back to 12. Valpo 81, FSU 69.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes had a strong game with 19 points. Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley each had 14, and Terance Mann finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
The Noles finish the season 20-14, and over the coming months all eyes will be on Bacon, Beasley, and XRM, and what decisions they make regarding their professional futures.