Noles avoid let down, ready for rest ahead of regular season's home stretch

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By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
February 26, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- How do you measure the grit of a team? Their resilience? Ability to fight back? Their mental toughness? Well, if those are the measuring sticks, then Monday night's win might just have been the grittiest of the season for the Florida State basketball team.

At one point in the Noles' 68-61 win against Notre Dame, FSU trailed by 10 and looked exhausted; the wear and tear of playing four games in nine days, three of which were on the road, were showing.

It was the perfect storm for a let down. Except, that didn't happen.

Florida State outscored ND 35-28 in the second half to secure the comeback win.

With the crammed stretch of games now in the rear view mirror, head coach Leonard Hamilton says it's time to rest before the final three games of the regular season.

"Obviously, four games in nine days is somewhat challenging for any team," Hamilton said following Monday's victory. "The NBA teams very seldom do that, but I thought our guys held up pretty good; obviously we were a little leg weary. We're looking forward to a day or so off so we can come back and get ready to play. I know it's going to be a very hungry North Carolina State team."

NC State enters Saturday's game having won two straight and four of their last five. The 'Noles and Wolfpack are set for a 12 p.m. tip off.

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