FINAL: FSU 89 - Chattanooga 53

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
November 20, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The 2019/20 campaign continues for the Florida State men's basketball team as they welcome Chattanooga to the Donald L. Tucker Center in the first game of the Emerald Coast Classic for both teams.

The Classic is a tournament in two parts; a "home" round, if you will (FSU will also host Chicago State as part of the ECC next Monday) and then they'll head to Niceville to face Tennessee (Fri., Nov. 29) and either VCU or Purdue, depending on the result of their game on Friday (Saturday, Nov. 30, at 4 or 7 p.m.)

For right now, that's not very important. What is important is the Noles are welcoming in the Mocs for their fourth game of the season and a chance to move to 3-1 on the early year.

Also what's important: We out here! While we wont be able to make every game, our goal is to be able to bring you the same kind of coverage we bring for FSU football games as often as possible, and that begins this evening.

Some quick stats ahead of tonight's matchup:

  • FSU is averaging 67.7 points per outing and is allowing opponents to score just 62.7 points. The Noles are also shooting 40.5% from the floor.
  • The Mocs, on the other hand, are averaging 72.8 points per game and are giving up 69.0. UTC is shooting 40.9% from the floor.
  • Tonight marks back-to-back games for the Noles against a Southern Conference team, after defeating Western Carolina last Friday, 79-74.
  • Three Seminoles enter tonight averaging double-digits in scoring; Trent Forrest (14.3), Devin Vassell (12.3) and M.J. Walker (11.3).
  • While the Mocs only boast two double figure scorers, they each are averaging 16.8 points a game - David Jean-Baptiste and Matt Ryan.

    Below will be a running live blog of the game, with play-by-play updates and analysis. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow myself on Twitter as well as WCTV Sports..

    Tip off is set for 6:30 p.m.

    FINAL: FSU 89 - Chattanooga 53

    Thanks again for joining me today, gang. This was fun and hopefully we'll be able to do it more often.

    Our recap is here.

    2nd Half, 2:55: FSU 81 - Chattanooga 50

    FSU is about to move the 3-1 on the season as well as hand UTC their second loss of the campaign.

    Thanks for joining me tonight, I'll see yall over in our recap.

    2nd Half, 7:44: FSU 76 - Chattanooga 43

    If Patrick Williams defined last session, this one was defined by Dominik Olejniczak. He's been the beneficiary of several alley oops (from Trent Forrest, no less) and he's a garbage man in the paint, putting back anything that's gone off the iron.

    Noles are rolling.

    2nd Half, 11:57: FSU 64 - Chattanooga 39

    Patrick Williams is a bad, bad man. He splits the red sea in the paint for a fast-break dunk, then on the next possession, hits a three in the face of a Mocs' defender.

    Not nice, Mr. Williams.

    Anyway, the Mocs have netted just two points in a 4:39 span (FSU is on a 15-2 run, in that span) and have four turnovers over that time to go along for it.

    Basically what I'm saying is this one is essentially over.

    2nd Half, 15:29: FSU 51 - Chattanooga 37

    A blistering start to the second half, and I mostly mean that in the sense that I can't believe almost five minutes have past.

    FSU started the half hitting their first three shots from the floor.

    HALFTIME: FSU 41 - Chattanooga 29

    Outside of that 16-1 run by the Noles, the offense in the game has been 1.) back and forth and 2.) not entirely all there.

    1st Half, 3:52: FSU 34 - Chattanooga 21

    UTC has been held without a field goal for 2:37 (and counting) as the offense in this one has started to dry up, just a touch.

    The Mocs are sitting at five team fouls, so if they're not careful the Noles will have free throws in the final two-ish minutes of the half.

    FSU has been very good regarding violations; only three have been called against them.

    1st Half, 6:40: FSU 32 - Chattanooga 17

    While overall it wasn't a bad session (FSU continuing to struggle to hit shots, especially from deep), bit wasn't ideal for the Mocs, who had their two playmakers in Jean-Baptiste and Ryan, on the bench. They both will be back in action for the Mocs after the timeout.

    The second unit for the Noles was efficient, if not exceptional. Which, at this stage of the season, is as good as you can ask for.

    1st Half, 10:55: FSU 26 - Chattanooga 13

    That escalated quickly: The Noles are in the midst of a 13-1 run, are shooting 58% from the floor and are holding UTC to just 35.7% from the floor.

    The Mocs are getting the ball in their playmakers' hands, but have little to show for it.

    FSU, on the other hand, is moving the ball on offense with ease. An uncontested Patrick Williams three from the corner (nothing but net, by the way) forces the Mocs to call a timeout.

    1st Half, 13:57: FSU 13 - Chattanooga 12

    It's been the Malik Osborne show, as he scored 7 of the Noles' first 13 points, but Wyatt Wilkes and Devin Vassell also each have a three to their credit.

    It's been a slow start shooting for both teams, and the Noles are making their physicality feel felt in the paint.


    You want lineups? I got your lineups.

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