Tourney title is extra special for Seminoles
that’s something we can hang our hat on as a positive.”
Devin Vassell was the only other Seminole scoring in double figures with 13 points. That included the final two free throws in overtime after getting fouled when he grabbed a missed Purdue shot.
Matt Haarms led the Boilermakers with 16 points followed by Jahaad Proctor with 12 and Eric Hunter Jr. with 10.
It was a back-and-forth game with 10 lead changes and 11 ties. Florida State never led by more than four points while the Boilermakers briefly went ahead by seven early in the second half after trailing 27-24 at the intermission.
Purdue won the rebounding battle 48-33 but had 24 turnovers to only 13 for Florida State.
It was Florida State’s eighth straight overtime victory starting with a
The Seminoles have been on a roll since opening the season with a 63-61 road loss to Atlantic Coast Conference foe Pittsburgh. They boast a seven-game winning streak that includes two victories against ranked teams, thenNo. 6 Florida on Nov. 10 and No. 17 Tennessee in an Emerald Coast semifinal on Friday. That should be enough to move Florida State into the Top 25, which was just a few votes shy of making it in the current AP poll. The rest of the always tough ACC schedule, though, looms with a home game against Clemson on Dec. 8 after a trip to Indiana on Tuesday.
Purdue: The Boilermakers will have to regroup quickly as they next face No. 7 and defending national champion Virginia on the road. Their trip to the Florida Panhandle, though, did produce some positive results with a 59-56 victory over a ranked team, No. 20 VCU in the tournament’s semifinal on Friday.
At 7-3, Haarms was the tallest player on the court while Florida State rotated a pair of 7-footers: 7-1 Balsa Koprivica and 7-0 Dominik Olejniczak. Haarms outplayed both, who scored only six points combined. He also outrebounded them 8-3.
All three are Europeans. Haarms is a junior from Amsterdam, Netherlands; Koprivica hails from Belgrade, Serbia; and Olejniczak calls Torun, Poland, home. While Haarms has two prior seasons at Purdue under his belt, both Florida State seven-footers are newcomers. Koprivica is a freshman and Olejniczak is a graduate transfer student from Mississippi.
Painter notched his 350th career victory when Purdue defeated VCU in the semifinals. It was his 325th win at Purdue. His other wins came at Southern Illinois. His career record is 350-167.
Hamilton has a nationalrecord 18 wins over ranked teams while coaching an unranked squad, a result of Florida State’s semifinal victory over Tennessee on Friday.
Three of the four top-tier teams in this year’s Emerald Coast Classic will participate together in another holiday tournament next November. Tennessee, Florida State and VCU will be part of an eight-team field in the Charleston Classic in South Carolina. Oklahoma State, Penn State, Houston, Seton Hall and the College of Charleston round out the field.
Purdue, meanwhile, will head south of the border to play in the 2020 Cancun Challenge against Clemson, Mississippi State and Illinois State.
The Seminoles gets another dose of the Big Ten with a visit Tuesday to Indiana as part of the ACC-Big 10 Challenge.
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton, left, smiles as his players pose with the trophy after they defeated Purdue 63-60 in overtime to win the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville on Saturday.