Leonard Hamilton may have said it best.
During one busy afternoon Florida The men’s basketball team fought half of the season’s best and worst against rival Miami.
The Seminole came out incredibly powerful and dominated in all phases on the way to the 24-point half-time lead.
But from there, the script was flipped. The hurricane dragged 26 points and then reduced the deficit to 1 point with less than a minute left.
However, the winner of Isaiawon bounces off the rim over time, with Seminole (13-5, 6-2 in ACC) defeating Hurricane (14-5, 6-2) 61-60. I ran away. Saturday at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables.
“This is a bit of an indication of where we are in terms of implementation and adaptability to different types of defense schemes …” says Hamilton.
“The good thing about that is that we are finding ways to win the game while we are still growing and developing. We will continue to find ways to win while we are learning and overcoming inexperience. If we can, we think we may get pretty good results if we continue to grow and continue to find ways to win when we are not at their best. “
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With the victory, Seminole will hold the tiebreaker in UM and will be number one in the ACC ranking. When he played in the Syracuse match last Saturday and the eight-day stretch began, FSU was seventh in the ACC ranking.
rear Previous FSU-Miami Game At Tallahassee on January 11th, there was a close battle for Seminole to win 65-64 with a pair of 11 lead changes and a free throw in Lecan Evans with less than a second left, but this was remote. It didn’t look like it.
The game quickly got out of hand as Seminole led 10 in less than 8 minutes and was extended to 24 points in the 43-19 halftime.
But almost everything the FSU did in the first 20 minutes did little right after the half-time break. In the last 20 minutes, Seminole scored 18 points and 15 turnovers.
“In the second half, they confused the defense, went to a small zone, and then thought they trapped us. We couldn’t handle the trap well. We became very tentative,” Hamilton said. Told.
“We have done a lot of good play that we can build up, and hope we can learn more in the hope that we will be more ready the next time we fall into this situation. I think there were some bad plays. “
Caleb Mills led the Seminole with 16 points, including the last 6 points of the FSU game, but with 7 turnovers.
Wong became stronger in the UM in the second half and scored 18 points, the highest score in his game, 22 points after half time.
The victory over UM is FSU’s 6th straight win. This is the longest consecutive win in the program since FSU won 10 games in a row between December 2019 and January 2020.
This victory also means that Seminole has defeated Miami nine times in a row, and FSU has dominated the season series in a rivalry for the fourth consecutive year. This extends the FSU lead in previous series to 53-36.
Two half stories
The two half stories are cliché, but it’s hard to find another way to explain FSU’s roller coaster victory over Saturday’s hurricane.
Seminoles did all the little to build their huge half-time lead.
They shot it well (56.3% in the first half), limited the hurricane to 26.1%, and were forced to make seven turnovers, committing only twice.
This is when the stars are aligned in a very good way for FSU, and the hurricane looked like a team approaching the end of four brutal stretches in eight days, rather than a seminole.
“We take pride in defending the ball, staying in the right place in the help position and rebounding. Three things we can control: defense, rebounding and caring for the ball,” Mills said.
“It’s a big difference, we controlled what we could control, and then clicked on our attack. That led to a big lead.”
FSU senior guard Anthony Polite led with 13 points in the first half. His five field goals in the 20th minute of the opening were just one less than the six that the entire Miami team had.
But when the worm turned around early in the second half, it did so in the main way. Hurricanes surpassed FSU41-18 in the second half, shooting 45.2% from the field.
UM created only one of the twelve of the first three pointers, and then six of the thirteen boundary shots in the last 20 minutes.
Seminoles, on the other hand, had a turnover (15) in the second half, more than double the field goal (7) in the second half.
Hamilton believed that FSU fatigue at the end of this current stretch contributed to the late collapse of the Seminole.
“I think four games were sacrificed in eight days …” Hamilton said.
“I was worried about what happened to the four games in eight days in the morning. It was a nice surprise when I came out and played vigorously in the first half …
“In the second half, two minutes, I had only one starter on the floor. I think it has something to do with how slow we were and not so fast and aggressive against the ball in the second half.”
Mills was the only FSU player to score more than 4 points in the second half, scoring 8 points in each half.
Four games have been completed in eight days, but FSU still doesn’t have much time to rest. After a three-day vacation, Seminole played at Georgia Institute of Technology (7-10, 1-6 at ACC) on Wednesday and returned to the rematch of last year’s ACC Championship game.
The game will air on the ACC network at 9 pm
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