Florida State lost its first game of the season on Saturday as Oklahoma State was able to overtake the Seminoles in the final seconds. On the bright side, playing the now 8-2 Cowboys will bump up FSU’s strength of schedule from its rank of 241st entering the matchup.
Above the Rim:
- Although the stat sheet says that Florida State out rebounded Oklahoma State, the Seminoles could have done a much better job protecting the rim, especially on the defensive side. The Cowboys were able to grab 14 offensive rebounds which led to 17 second-chance points.
- The Seminoles defense also could have played a lot tighter, especially later in the game. Oklahoma State was able to get off clear shots and convert many of them leading to them taking the lead late in the game.
- Free throws played a pivotal role in the eventual fall of Florida State. As a team, the Seminoles shot 16-24 from the charity stripe but the key misses were those made down the stretch. With 3:20 remaining and a down one point, Braian Angola made one of two to tie up the game. Angola reached the line again with 1:36 again down by one point, again splitting the pair. Those were two separate occasions that FSU could have taken the lead but failed to do so. Finally, with 55 seconds remaining and the Seminoles down by two, Phil Cofer could only manage to make one of his two attempts, giving Oklahoma State the ball back and the lead.
- While Cofer did falter at the free throw line near the end, he was essentially responsible for Florida State’s made three-pointers. The senior went 5-7 beyond-the-arc with the rest of the team shooting a combined 1-8.
- Throughout the game, the pace was very fast with both teams racing toward the basket as quickly as possible. That would lead to some questionable shot selections from Florida State, whether that be heavily contested layups or pull-up jump shots in transition with a nearby defender. The ’Noles should continue to play at a high paced offense as they are very capable of doing so, however should just be more responsible on that end of the court.
- Oklahoma State played full-court press for most of the game, creating what seemed to be an anxious Florida State offense. When FSU was getting trapped in its own back-court, the Seminoles would make poor passes just trying to get the ball to someone else, resulting in many of the 22 turnovers committed. It wasn’t only one player as eight different ’Noles committed multiple turnovers.
- There were still some bright spots on the Florida State sideline. Phil Cofer continued his hot streak to begin the season, scoring a career-high 22 points on 7-15 shooting. Cofer continues to be an integral part of the offense and is playing to the potential many thought he could when he first stepped on campus. Terance Mann also continued his dominance, putting up 20 points on 9-15 shooting and grabbing 14 rebounds (six offensive) in the loss.
- Unfortunately, not every player had a game to remember. C.J. Walker shot a woeful 1-8 from the floor. We’ve seen that he is capable of stepping up and this game just seems like one of those flukey performances. M.J. Walker was a non-factor in his 17 minutes on the court failing to make a shot or assist while hauling in three rebounds.
At the scorers table:
Florida State returns home on Monday and will face off against Charleston Southern at 7:00 PM.