One thing that FSU has proven this season is that if their offense isn’t flowing, they aren’t winning. The Seminoles have one of the worst defenses in the ACC, and they just can’t stay connected when shots aren’t falling. Florida State missed all eight of its first half threes, and compounded the issue with a number of live ball turnovers. That led to a 19-point first half deficit, and that was the game. The ‘Noles lost 92-72.
The game was impossible to watch for the first 10 minutes. The refs kept the game at a 60+ foul pace, which is unwatchable. No judgement here if you turned it off.
But then the refs did a complete 180 on how the game was being whistled, and a rhythm actually developed.
Of course that rhythm typically ended with FSU bricking a three or a making a pass to the wrong team on one end, and an NC State three on the other. While Florida State shot 0-8 from beyond the arc in the first half, the Wolfpack made a cool 6-10.
The 2nd half was better offensively for Florida State, but they still couldn’t make 3s, and NC State still had trouble missing. For the night, the Wolfpack made 13-22 3s, while FSU was 0-15. It was the first time in over four years that the ‘Noles failed to make a shot from beyond the arc.
Due to that, Florida State was never able to really close the gap.
Trent Forrest led FSU with 16 points and seven assists. Braian Angola added 14. Christ Koumadje had 12 points and eight rebounds. Terance Mann scored 10, and Ike Obiagu had six blocks.
The Seminoles fall to 19-9 (8-8). With two games to go in the regular season, a win may get them into the NCAA Tournament. But to feel safe they really need to win one in the regular season, and one in the ACC Tournament.