Seminoles improve to 6-1 for the first time in seven years

Florida State improved to 6-1 with a 75-67 win over the previously undefeated Minnesota Golden Gophers. FSU is 6-1 for the first time since the 2009-2010 season. The Seminoles also snapped a nine year losing streak in the ACC-B1G Challenge.

The Noles and Gophers both struggled offensively in the first half, and some poor officiating didn’t help. At the half, FSU trailed Minnesota 33-31. At the start of the second half, the Noles efficiency began to pick up. They went on a 15-5 run to take the lead, and the Seminoles wouldn’t trail again. The lead was extended to as much as 19 with just over five minutes to play. Down the stretch, Minnesota made the game a little closer than it seemed. They began to push the pace and hit a few shots late, while it seemed like Florida State was mainly trying to milk the clock.

Dwayne Bacon scored a team high 18 points in the win, he also recorded five rebounds. Jonathan Isaac had one of his best games as a Seminole, he finished with 14 points, a career high 13 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Isaac did it all in this game yet again and his impact was noticeable, he slammed down a big baseline dunk off a ridiculous no-look pass from Trent Forrest that finished #3 on ESPN’s Top-10 Plays.

Michael Ojo put up 12 points and five rebounds, six of those points came from the free throw line. Ojo was again able to have success when grabbing offensive rebounds. Christ Koumadje scored seven points, grabbed three rebounds, and blocked a shot. He showed that he can be an effective option on the floor for the Seminoles, even showing off a little turnaround hook shot

Defensively, The Noles played their best game of the season so far. They held Minnesota to 32.2% shooting from the field (19-59) and 33.3% shooting from three point range (7-21). In comparison, FSU shot 42.6% (23-54) from the field and a dreadful 12.5% from three point range (2-16). The Seminoles forced the Golden Gophers to turn the ball over 17 times, including five steals.

Once again, Florida State showed that they play their best basketball when they’re forcing turnovers and running in transition. The second half spurt that ended up turning the game in the Noles favor featured multiple Minnesota turnovers, as well as blocks by the Seminole defense, that led directly to fast break opportunities.

Stat of the night: 5. FSU improves to 5-0 when they out-rebound their opponent. The Noles are 1-1 when they don’t (loss to Temple, win against Illinois).

MVP: Dwayne Bacon. After scoring only four points in the first half, Bacon put up 14 in the second half to help lead his team to another win. He was the only Nole to hit a three pointer, two to be exact, and Bacon threw down a ferocious dunk in transition off of a Big K block that brought the whole crowd to it’s feet.

Who’s next?: Florida State will have a few days off before traveling to Washington, DC to take on the George Washington Colonials in the BB&T Classic. That game will be the start of four games in seven days for the Noles.

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