By AMANDA NEPPL / Staff Writer
Last night at the Amway Center in Orlando, the Florida State University Seminoles took on the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles. The results left the Seminoles on top of an 86-80 final score, a shocked crowd at how “dunk nation throws down on dunk city,” and a well-anticipated game tomorrow night against the Xavier Musketeers.
Both teams’ performances promoted an untidy representation of a first round NCAA Tournament. However, both sides had their good moments. “The Seminoles made some clutch free throws and came up with just enough stops in the waning moments to spoil the Eagles’ upset bid,” writes ESPN. Aside from line shooting, which heated up at the end of the game, the ‘Noles made 9 blocks. “4 from Christ Koumadje, 3 from Jonathan Isaac, and 2 from Michael Ojo,” writes Andrew Miller in a Tomahawk Nation article. Everyone seemed startled to discover that Florida State had surpassed Gulf Coast in dunks. In a tweet from Kenny Morales, “Jonathan Issac on #FSU out-dunking FGCU 9-2: ‘They might be Dunk City but we’re Dunk Nation.’” Hopefully, Glenn Robinson III was watching…
Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton made sure that every player had a chance on the court on Thursday. Dwayne Bacon made 8 out of his first 10 shots, and rounded up 25 points by the end of his 34 minutes in playing time. “There is some satisfaction because we won,” he says on the ‘Noles victory. “All that other stuff, how the game looked, that doesn’t matter when you win.”
Gulf Coast’s coach Joe Dooley comments on the ‘Noles qualities. “It’s hard to simulate what (the Seminoles) do.” The Eagles will complete their season with a 26-8 record. “You can’t simulate height and length and athleticism like they have.” Confidently, Florida State should use that “height and length and athleticism” tomorrow at 6:10pm when they play Xavier. Both teams will return to the Amway Center for the second round of the NCAA Tournament.