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FSU continues record-breaking overtime win streak, upsets No. 18 Colorado

Seminoles get a gritty, 77-71 win in Daytona Beach

Facing off against its first ranked opponent of the 2023-24 season, Florida State took on the No. 18 Colorado Buffaloes in the championship round of the Sunshine Slam in Daytona Beach on Tuesday.

FSU, having taken down UNLV the night before, battled with the Buffaloes over the course of a tight 40-minute matchup. It was another huge night from Jamir Watkins, who had a dynamic night for the Seminoles with a double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds). He was joined by Jalen Warley (19 points) and De’Ante Green (10) as double-digit scorers, with Darin Green Jr. (12) also hitting a trio of timely threes.

Florida State trailed 30-27 at half but never trailed by more than four points, with its defensive attack effective in shutting down a lethal Colorado offense. In the second half, it was the Seminoles who managed to separate at first, leading by as much as 10 before the Buffaloes found a groove near the 13-minute mark of the game.

FSU separated things once again after Warley had a dynamic back-to-back bucket sequence, putting the Seminoles up 55-49 with 6:47 to go, but Colorado managed to storm back and grab a three-point lead with 2:51 in the game. Watkins hit a jumper to cut the lead to one and then a free throw by Warley tied things up with 1:11 left.

Neither team scored a bucket for the rest of regulation, with the Seminoles having a chance at a final shot but a messy sequence saw Watkins turning the ball over to send things to overtime in the World’s Most Famous Beach.

FSU, who hasn’t lost an overtime game since 2018, kicked off the extra period by going on a 6-0 run — a Warley basket, Baba Miller dunk and Chandler Jackson pair of free throws. There wasn’t another basket from either team until the 1:10 mark, when a Green Jr. three-point shot put FSU up 69-60.

Colorado then hit a layup as well as a free throw after a fall was called on Watkins, cutting FSU’s lead back down to six. After exchanging turnovers, the two teams also exchanged trips to the free throw line as Colorado fouled Green Jr. who hit one of two shots to put FSU up 70-63 with just over a minute to go, but a Watkins foul allowed the Buffaloes to make it 70-65.

Miller committed his second turnover of the overtime period to give Colorado a chance at a three-point shot, but Julian Hammond III was off the mark and Green Jr. managed to pull down the rebound. A tie-up gave FSU possession with 50 seconds to go, at which point the Buffaloes were whistled for a foul, allowing the Seminoles to go up 72-65.

With 38 seconds to play Colorado managed to hit a jumper but a fast break dunk by Warley again pushed FSU’s lead up to seven with 32 seconds to play. Colorado would get a basket in the aftermath, but forced to foul with 20 seconds to go, allowed the Seminoles return trips to the charity stripe to push it to 75-69 with 14 seconds.

Warley, who missed two free throws but hit one, committed a shooting foul — Colorado hit both shots, with the score now sitting at 75-71. With nine seconds left, Green Jr. hit both of his free throw attempts to separate the Seminoles by six, a margin that would hold up after Colorado missed a desperation three in the closing seconds.

It was an impressive defensive performance from start to finish against a Colorado team that fields one of the top offenses in the country — the Buffaloes, entering into the game, averaged 85 points per game (No. 28 in the country) and were shooting 48.6% from 3 (No. 3). On Tuesday night, Colorado shot just 35% from the field and 25% (5-20) from beyond the arc.

With the win, the Seminoles have now won each of their overtime decisions since a 101-90 double overtime win over Syracuse on January 13, 2018 in a game played at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee — 14 games in a row, an NCAA record.

Next up for Florida State (4-1) is a home matchup vs. the Georgia Bulldogs on Wednesday, November 29 as part of the ACC/SEC Challenge.


Florida State 77, Colorado 71: Final Stats

Field Goal Percentage:

FSU: 47%

Colorado: 35%

Field Goals:

FSU: 27-57

Colorado: 25-72

Three-Point Field Goal Percentage:

FSU: 33%

Colorado: 25%

Three-Point Field Goals:

FSU: 8-24

Colorado: 5-20

Free Throw Percentage:

FSU: 68%

Colorado: 76%

Free Throws:

FSU: 15-22

Colorado: 16-21

Turnovers:

FSU: 18

Colorado: 20

Points Off Turnovers:

FSU: 19

Colorado: 11

Total Rebounds:

FSU: 38

Colorado: 46

Defensive Rebounds:

FSU: 33

Colorado: 27

Offensive Rebounds:

FSU: 5

Colorado: 19

Second Chance Points:

FSU: 8

Colorado: 11

Bench Points:

FSU: 21

Colorado: 15

Points in the Paint:

FSU: 36

Colorado: 38

Fast Break Points:

FSU: 20

Colorado: 15

Blocks:

FSU: 5

Colorado: 1

Steals:

FSU: 17

Colorado: 9

Assists:

FSU: 12

Colorado: 14

Times Tied:

13

Time Tied:

7:43

Lead Changes:

9

Lead Time:

FSU: 25:07

Colorado: 12:10