Florida State races past Murray State, advances to Sweet Sixteen

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
March 23, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (WCTV) -- Mifondu Kabengele scored 22 points and Terance Mann followed with 18 as the Florida State Seminoles cruised by the Murray State Racers, 90-62, to clinch a trip to the Sweet Sixteen for the second consecutive season.

FSU was able to contain MSU star Ja Morant for long stretches in the game, making his 28 points a non-factor despite him leading all scorers in points.

Murray State started the game hot, with three three-pointers from Morant to give the Racers an early 13-7 lead but Florida State chipped away to the lead, with Mifondu Kabengele scoring seven straight FSU points to get the offense flowing.

RaiQuan Gray hit his first of three three-pointers to make it a one-point game and Kabengele hit a layup to give FSU their first lead of the contest with 13:10 to play in the opening half.

Gray and PJ Savoy hit three straight three pointers for FSU to give the Noles a 35-26 lead and FSU continued to have success wherever they watned on the floor, closing the half on a 10-4 run and keeping the Racers without a field goal for the final 4:46 of the half to take a 50-34 lead into the locker room.

The second half was more of the same story for FSU, who shot 62.5 percent from the floor in the back 20 minutes while holding the Racers to just eight made field goals.

To end the first half and start the second half, FSU kept Murray State without a made field goal for nearly eight minutes, going on a 14-4 run in that time span.

The Seminoles finished the game shooting 52.5 percent from the floor and outrebounded Murray State 45-33, including a 30-20 advantage on the defensive glass.

FSU will take on the winner of the Gonzaga/Baylor game in the Sweet Sixteen in Anaheim.

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