Ryan Reid Unsung Hero Award
Again, I struggled with who to name the unsung hero tonight. So many guys did little things that changed the outcome, and helped FSU pull away.
Terrance Mann, for one, continued his efficient play, scoring 13 points on just seven shot attempts. He also had seven rebounds, a whopping five of them coming on the offensive end. His little put-back buckets have to be absolutely deflating for teams who play Florida State. You do enough to force a miss against a really good offense, only to have Mann fly in out of nowhere to tip the misses back in. He’s special.
In the end though, I went with Jarquez Smith, for the second game in a row. Smith had eight points, five rebounds, an assist (which was one of the prettiest passes I’ve seen all season), and three huge blocks. He was flat-out great tonight. Smith led the bench in scoring, who as a whole scored 21 points. Duke, meanwhile, had just four off their bench.
Smith is having such a good season that coach Leonard Hamilton specifically singled him out after the game.
Keep it up, big man!
Shout-out to the ACC Digital Network for providing us with the highlights of tonight’s action.