On Saturday afternoon, Florida State suffered a 77-72 loss at home to North Carolina to fall to 2-1 in conference play. Here is the 2-4-7 from the game's action.
Terry Whisnant had a big day shooting for the Seminoles.
2 KEY PLAYERS
Everyone knew sophomore guard Terry Whisnant was good, but no one knew when the pure-scorer would come into his own. Whisnant has showed flashes of how dangerous he could be and against North Carolina, he looked to put it all together.
Whisnant finished with 14 big points, with 12 of those coming from beyond the arch. It seemed as though whenever FSU needed a big bucket, Whisnant was there to provide it.
It’s widely known that the interior game can be a weakness for this young FSU team and the Tar Heels ensured they took advantage of that. Forward James McAdoo led the way, scoring 14 points on several dunks, while grabbing eight boards and racking up a couple of assists as well.
Reggie Bullock also had a big day on the boards, pulling down eight of his own.
4 KEY STATS
19: This number is relevant in two ways. It’s the total of offensive boards racked up by UNC, while it’s also the total of all rebounds collected by the Seminoles on the afternoon. To say FSU got abused on the boards would be an understatement, as UNC finished with a 41-19 advantage.
50%: FSU connected with 11-of-22 shots from downtown on the afternoon, good for a three-point shooting percentage of 50 percent. Had the long range shots not been falling for the Seminoles, this one likely wouldn’t have been close, as FSU struggled to manufacture points inside for a majority of the contest.
34: And while FSU struggled to find points in the paint, the Tar Heels lived there on the other end. UNC scored 34 of its 77 points in the paint, with a majority of those buckets coming rather easily.
10: On a day they needed to take care of the basketball, the Seminoles did, turning the ball over just 10 times throughout the contest, Points off turnovers has been an issue that has hurt FSU in the past this season, but the Tar Heels amounted just nine on the afternoon.
“They are so good defensively, it was a struggle for us every possession.” – Roy Williams
“I don’t know that I’ve competed against many guys that I’ve had as much respect as I do [for] Michael Snaer. When he shot that ball out there, about 28 to 30 feet, just at the top of the key – I thought it was going to go in, jus because it was him.” – Roy Williams
“We had six breakaway opportunities that we did not finish in transition. Where we did not use good judgment in our attack to the basket.” – Leonoard Hamilton
“When you’re giving a hungry, athletic team opportunities to get second shots, when they’re already talented enough to make their first shots, it’s bad form.” – Leonard Hamilton
“You have no idea. It’s very frustrating. It’s nerve-racking.” – Terrance Shannon on the lack of rebounding
“Definitely just being smarter with the ball. As far as attacking on the fast break, we just need to work on finishing our plays.” – Terry Whisnant on improving fast break scoring
“My man played off me on the inbound and we really didn’t expect for that to happen. And just getting the pass in, it kind of got chaotic and I just made a bad decision at the end.” – Michael Snaer on his late missed three