The first time these teams met, Florida State shut down Notre Dame’s interior attack, and controlled the tempo. Tonight, it was a role reversal.
FSU’s offense struggled in every phase. Missed jump shots you just have to live with. But the Seminoles struggled on the interior, and couldn’t make free throws.
And the Seminoles weren’t able to overcome the offensive short comings because Notre Dame’s offense was in high gear.
The Irish made 60% of their 2s, and scored 84 points in just 73 possessions. FSU’s transition defense was late, and in half court sets Notre Dame routinely beat them with dribble drives and back cuts.
After several games of shutting down the opponent’s best player, Bonzie Colson - Notre Dame’s All American candidate - scored 33 points to go along with 13 boards.
The final score was 84-72.
FSU falls to 21-5 (9-4).
Terance Mann scored 15. Trent Forrest and Dwayne Bacon had 12, and Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 11.
Now the ‘Noles have a week off, before traveling to face Pitt.