Florida State had its first ranked opponent come to town in Minnesota as the Seminoles and Golden Gophers battled as part of the 2012 ACC vs. Big 10 Challenge. The postgame 2-4-7 paints a picture of what went right and wrong for the Seminoles as they fell 77-68 to the Golden Gophers.
FSU guard Terry Whisnant said the Seminoles aimed to avoid embarrassment in the second half.
2 KEY PLAYERS
Minnesota was hot as a whole tonight, shooting 47.3 percent from the floor. However, forward Rodney Williams did it all. Williams accounted for 14 points, five rounds, three assists and three blocks in 32 minutes on the floor.
The FSU forward came up with a double-double tonight, scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes of action. Shannon had a good night shooting wise, going 6-of-12 from the floor and making both of his free throw attempts.
4 KEY STATS
32.1: FSU’s first half shooting percentage. The Seminoles’ offense struggled to find its rhythm early on as the Gophers constantly crowded the lane and forced outside shots – and those outside shots were not going down. FSU made just two of its eight three pointers in the first half.
14: Turnovers committed by the Seminoles. Some of them were senseless, but some of them were simply Minnesota doing a good job rotating defensively and finding ways to expose FSU’s youth’s inexperience. FSU true freshman guard accounted for four turnovers alone. Minnesota scored 26 of its 77 points off turnovers.
15: Second chance points scored by FSU. Although it seemed differently in real time, FSU held its own on the boards against Minnesota, out-rebounding the Gophers 35 to 34 and coming up with 15 second chance points. The Gophers racked up 11 second chance points on the evening.
33: Bench points. This isn’t all that surprising, considering how deep Leonard Hamilton likes to go with his rotations. However, with a young team like this one, it has to be encouraging that the bench was able to be that productive. Terry Whisnant found his stroke in the second half and ended up with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting, including 2-of-4 from downtown.
Leonard Hamilton was not pleased with his team's effort in the loss to Minnesota.
”Just like all of Leonard Hamilton’s teams, they’ll be ready to play.” – Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith on FSU
”I didn’t like their body language, I didn’t like their look in their eyes.” – Leonard Hamilton on FSU’s effort
”We’ll go back to the drawing board – thank goodness that we have another game on Sunday, another game on Wednesday. That’s one thing good about basketball – you can’t wallow in self-pity too long, because you have another team right around the corner." – Leonard Hamilton
”If I remember correctly, in the first half, they had 11 offensive rebounds. That means we had 11 stops. I just thought that they went and got some offensive rebounds in the first half that we didn’t give much resistance to. I think the athleticism is there, I think the ability is there. I think the inconsistency, hopefully is just inexperience.” – Leonard Hamilton
”We stuck together. We knew we didn’t want to get embarrassed out here and unfortunately we lost, but we wanted to put up a fight. We thought we could chip away at the lead – we got it down to nine. We kept trying to chip away at it, we just tried to spark something up.” – Terry Whisnant on FSU’s second half run
”As far as us veterans – me, Mike, Terrance, Terry and Ian – we need to check ourselves. We’re not playing good and we can’t come out like this. And me, personally, this is my third year now, and I played horrible.” – Okaro White on the FSU veterans’ performances
”We are a very athletic team. There shouldn’t be no athletic team that’s more athletic than us. If anything, a team should come in here and be [equally] as athletic. It’s just a mental thing – trying to be a warrior and fighting to get rebounds.” – Okaro White on FSU’s rebounding
”Games like this and the South Alabama game, these definitely humble some of these younger guys and humble us, too. Anyone on our schedule can beat us. We try to learn from tough losses like this.” – Okaro White on if this loss can be a lesson for FSU