FINAL: Noles escape Hoosiers in overtime, 69-67
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Florida State Seminoles are in search of their first ever victory over the Indiana Hoosiers as the two teams meet for the second time in as many seasons Tuesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Last year, the Seminoles traveled to Bloomington, Indiana and was dealt their second loss of the campaign in a game that saw the Hoosiers jump out to a fast start that the Noles were never able to overcome.
When the two teams met last year, both were well into their seasons but it’s a different story this year: The Seminoles have just 40 minutes of basketball under their belt, a 86-58 win over North Florida, while the Hoosiers are set to play in their fifth game of the season. Most recently, IU competed in the Maui Invitational, held this year in Asheville, North Carolina, where they finished in third place and notched wins over Providence and Stanford.
The lone blemish on the record of IU came at the hands of #17 Texas, then the Hoosiers fell, 66-44.
Seminole fans will get treated to the second game of highly-touted freshman Scottie Barnes’ career on Wednesday, after he posted eight points, six rebounds and six assists in the opener against UNF.
A win Wednesday would be the Noles’ 25th-straight win inside the Tucker Center and would mark FSU’s fourth win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in the last five seasons.
For the first time this basketball season, we’ll be running a live blog to keep you updated during the action Wednesday evening. We’ll have score updates, analysis, stray observations and thoughts.
FINAL: FLORIDA STATE 69 - INDIANA 67
Well well well, what a finish we had. Scottie Barnes is the hero in this one as his running layup with 1.2 seconds left gives the Noles the victory.
Here’s a list of everything FSU did tonight, along with your final stats.
Not quite sure how I’m going to do it, but I’m off to write the recap. Watch this space.
END OF REGULATION: 62-62
We are headed to overtime! FSU had four missed shots in the final 26 seconds of regulation, all with a chance to win, including a missed jumper from RaiQuan Gray as time expired.
2nd Half: 3:31, Indiana 57-55
We are officially in “FSU’s poor free throw shooting could cost them this game” territory, as the Noles are just 7-17 from the charity stripe this evening.
Malik Osbourne has made his presence felt, hitting his first bucket in the form of a wing three to give the Noles a 55-54 lead, but IU answered right back with an Aljami Durham triple to re-take the lead, 57-55.
As we enter the closing minute of the game, FSU is going to have to be careful with who they choose to foul, if it comes to that: Right now, Koprivica has four while Gray, Polite, Barnes and Osborne have three each.
2nd Half: 7:52, 48-48
While this game could be considered “good”, it’s also been “sloppy.”
The Noles, in particular, are 0-for-last-5 and haven’t scored in the last 2:02 in game time. FSU is also shooting just 39% from the floor (one percentage point better than the Hoosiers) and just 5-13 from the free throw line.
IU is also outrebounding FSU, 35-28.
But, it seems like neither team can by a bucket right now.
2nd Half: 11:45, FSU 47-44
For the time being, the Noles have found their shooting stroke, having hit their last three shot from the floor and are back in the lead, 47-44.
2nd Half: 15:38, Indiana 39-38
For the first time it was 10-8 in the first half, the Hoosiers have a lead, having outscored FSU 8-5 in the opening 4:30+ of the half.
FSU has been sloppy on the offensive side of the floor, having been unable to have many clean looks at the bucket: FSU is 2-for-3 from the floor in the half so far, so they’re making shots, they’re just having a hard time getting the ball to the rack.
HALFTIME: FLORIDA STATE 22 - INDIANA 20
So the good: FSU held the Hoosiers scoreless for over 4:30 in the closing minutes of the half. The bad: FSU was unable, once again, to blow the game open and lead by just two at the half after going on a min-drought of their own down the final 2:11.
Three players are tied for the lead with points for FSU: RaiQuan Gray, Balsa Koprivica and M.J. Walker, all with eight points each.
Your stats at the end of 20 minutes:
1st Half: 7:42, FSU 22-20
Just when you think the Noles are going to tear off a huge run, they either have trouble finding the bottom of the net or can hang onto the handle of the ball.
At the media timeout, FSU is shooting 42.9% from the floor and 3-8 (37.5%) from three. To compare, the Hoosiers are 50% from the floor and 2-5 (40%) from deep.
FSU is 0-for-last-4 shots.
1st Half: 15:22, FSU 11-10
The Hoosiers survived the Noles’ onslaught and clawed their way back, eventually turning an 8-2 deficit into a 10-8 lead, having scored nine of the last 11 points.
FSU was in the midst of a 2:30+ scoring drought before an Anthony Polite three pointer re-gave the Noles a lead.
FSU is already in a bit of foul trouble though, having committed five inside the opening five minutes.
1st Half: 18:33, FSU 8-2
Well this has been a blazing fast start for the Seminoles, led by Scottie Barnes and RaiQuan Gray. Barnes has to his credit so far the game’s opening basket and a nifty steal at half court while Gray has a three from the wing and a thunderous baseline dunk.
IU calls an early time out.
PREGAME & LINEUPS
Hello one and all and welcome to our first basketball live blog of the season. I had half an eye on the UNF game last week and liked what I saw but I’m very much looking forward to how the Noles look against a team like Indiana.
Your starting lineups for this evening are as follows:
Alijami Durham G
Armaan Franklin G
Rob Phinisee G
Trayce Jackson-Davis F
Race Thompson F
Anthony Polite G
Scottie Barnes G
MJ Walker G
RaiQuan Gray F
Balsa Koprivica C
I said it an awful lot on Twitter last week against UNF, but Koprivica is a guy I’m really looking forward to watching develop over the next year, even with a guy like Scottie Barnes who is going to get better every time he takes the floor.
Thanks in advance for joining me tonight. Sit back, relax and enjoy the hoops.
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