Player of the Game
Xavier Rathan-Mayes was fantastic tonight. He had 21 points overall, 18 of which came in the second half. He did it on an extremely tidy 7-for-13 shooting. XRM also had two three-pointers, three assists, and just one turnover. He’s grown up so much this year, and really learned what it is to be a point guard.
Most of you will remember that XRM was one of Allen’s first tripping victims last season. And if you had forgotten, well, XRM sure didn’t.
So happy for him that he came through in a game that he took personally.
XRM’s monster alley to Jonathan Isaac is what triggered Florida State’s extended run that put the game away.
With Bacon struggling (the announcers said he tweaked his knee in warm-ups), XRM’s second half explosion was much needed. I said that FSU basketball needed a big night from their point guard (at least 20), and he came through with 21. Love when predictions come through like that.
Bacon finished with 13 points, but it took him 15 shot attempts. He had five assists, but seven turnovers, and definitely looked a step slow. It wouldn’t surprise me if the knee injury story is legit. He likely won’t miss any time though, considering he logged 33 minutes anyways. But it’s definitely something to keep track of.