Florida State Seminoles 88 – Wake Forest Demon Deacons 72
Despite the lopsided final score, FSU’s ACC opener was a tight affair throughout. The Seminoles actually trailed by by five with eight minutes remaining. But as has become customary for this team, they used a late second half run to blow the game open and put Wake Forest away.
That run got as big as 17 unanswered FSU points, and it took less than four minutes to accomplish. When this team can get out in transition and get easy, quick baskets, they’re tough to beat.
Bacon and Xavier Rathan-Mayes combined to score 46 points, on an efficient 10-for-15 shooting. Freshman point guard CJ Walker also had a great game. The Indiana native scored 13, and dropped in three three-pointers. His shooting helped Florida State stay in the game early, when Wake Forest was seemingly hitting every open shot.
Defensively, the ‘Noles forced 16 turnovers, and held the Deacons to 43 percent shooting for the contest. In particular, they did a great job stifling opposing big man John Collins. The sophomore forward came into the game averaging an impressive 17 points and 11 rebounds per game. But against Florida State’s massive size, he just couldn’t get comfortable. Collins got into quick foul trouble, and finished the game with a mere two points and three boards.
Florida State Seminoles 60 – Virginia Cavaliers 58
This was the big one for the ‘Noles. They came into this game a nine point underdog, and with good reason. The Cavaliers are an elite team, both well-coached and experienced.
One thing they don’t have, though? Dwayne Bacon. The sophomore star was electric today, and completely took over the second half. His three-pointer with two minutes left felt like a dagger due to Virginia’s super slow pace. It put FSU up five.
However, missed free throws (because, of course), and an extremely questionable foul call after an XRM offensive rebound, gave the Cavaliers a glimmer of hope. With 22 seconds left, Jonathan Isaac missed his second consecutive shot from the line. Here’s what ensued: