Defensive rebounding and free throws have been Florida State’s weaknesses all season, and against Oklahoma State, it cost them. With FSU up one, they got the stop they needed with less than six seconds left in the game, but for the 14th time in the game, the Cowboys got their own rebound. And they layed it in for a 71-70 win.
The game began with both teams turning it over at an alarming rate. FSU, which has been solid with the ball all season, committed 13 first half turnovers, and 22 for the game. But these things happen. They forced the Cowboys into 17 turnovers of their own.
Still, when FSU wasn’t turning the ball over, they were scoring at a brisk clip. At the break, behind a strong half from Mfiondu Kabengele and Phil Cofer, they led 38-34.
The second half began with FSU making a push, but any hope that the ’Noles were going to run away with it was dashed as Oklahoma State kept answering every punch.
The biggest 2nd half lead for either team was seven points.
OSU took a 1-point lead on a 3-pointer with less than four minutes to go. On Florida State’s end, Braian Angola, a 78% FT shooter for his career, made just one of two FT’s, and the game was tied.
Oklahoma State knocked down another 3-pointer, and Florida State answered with a nice attack by Trent Forrest against a zone to cut the lead to one. Then FSU got the stop they needed, but Angola again made just one of two FT’s.
After OSU scored on a uncontested dunk after Phil Cofer got held on a screen, it was Cofer’s turn to make just one of two FT’s.
For the game, FSU was fine at the stripe (one missed FT from the national average). They just missed them in crunch time.
Kabengele got a huge block on the other end for a stop, and Terance Mann cleaned up Cofer’s wild runner for the lead.
And that’s when OSU won it on the offensive glass.
CJ Walker had one last desperation attempt at the buzzer, but was whistled for a charge.
Cofer made 5-7 3s and led FSU with a career-high 22 points. Terance Mann had a big game with 20 points and 14 rebounds. And Kabengele scored 12.
The ’Noles fall to 9-1, and now face two terrible teams before ACC play starts on December 30th.