Game Recap: Florida State Vs Detroit Mercy

The Florida State Seminoles improved to 4-0 after defeating the Detroit Mercy Titans 100-71 on Sunday night. The Titans fall to 1-3.

FSU struggled to separate themselves from the Titans for most of the first half. The Seminoles clung to an 18-16 lead before using a 25-9 run to extend their advantage out to 18 points. Detroit Mercy then used a run of their own to cut FSU’s halftime lead to 48-35.

Detroit Mercy continued to stick around after the break, as miscues by the FSU defenders allowed the Titans to score at will. The Seminole lead was cut to 64-56 with just over 13 minutes to go in the game. From there FSU began to take over, they went on a 32-4 run that made the score 98-60 and effectively ended this game. The Noles would go on to win 100-71.

In the win, Dwayne Bacon put up 22 points and two steals. Bacon showed much of the same confidence on the offensive end that we saw in FSU’s first three contests. He isn’t afraid to take jumpers after reworking his shot during the offseason, but his ability to get to the rim is at a different level than it was a season ago. Bacon is 100% confident in himself and the sets that the team is running, which allows him to just play instead of having to think.

Through four games, Bacon has raised his points per game despite taking slightly less shots, which shows the increase in his efficiency. He’s averaging 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. He’s shown a little bit of everything thus far from his improved three point shot, to his ability to dunk on top of the competition at the end of a fastbreak. He has taken the leap, albeit, not against the caliber of competition that he’ll face in the ACC quite yet.

Jonathan Isaac also had a big game, recording his first career double double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and a steal. Isaac’s length is a nightmare for the person on him offensively and defensively. On offense, he has no issue shooting over you and his long arms allow him to get to the offensive boards. On defense, he can easily tip balls with his length and he blocks shots as well. Isaac is going to be a menace if he can continue to do this consistently and against good competition.

As a team, the Noles shot 57.1% from the field but they struggled from downtown, going only 1-14. They won this game by making shots inside and knocking down their free throws. FSU also outrebounded Detroit by 10 and they forced 16 turnovers, including 11 steals.

The Noles held Detroit 41.2% shooting from the field and 36.4% from deep. Detroit Mercy actually shot pretty well from deep against FSU’s length, but eventually the disparity in athleticism led to this game getting out of hand for the Titans.

Stat of the night: 4. FSU is 4-0 for the first time since 2013!

MVP: Dwayne Bacon. He led the team offensively and did it efficiently, as he shot 60% from the field. Bacon showed off his ability in the open floor and threw down a few powerful dunks. FSU is going to need him to continue to dominate games like this as the season progresses.

Who’s next?: FSU will take on the Temple Owls on Thanksgiving day at 12:30 p.m. The game will be at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This contest will be FSU’s third in the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament. They’ll play either Illinois or West Virginia on Friday.

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