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:
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.
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.
David Jean-Baptiste, Maurice Commander, Ramon Vila and Matt Ryan are the UTC starters— Fletcher Keel (@FletcherWCTV) November 20, 2019