Man­ag­ing to cut down the Cards

Semi­noles net win de­spite early shoot­ing woes

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports - By Chaunte'l Pow­ell

Mi­ami’s An­thony Lawrence II gets his hand in the face of North Carolina’s Seventh Woods as Woods tries to shoot dur­ing the ACC game Satur­day in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Hur­ri­canes led late but wound up suf­fer­ing an over­time loss.

TAL­LA­HAS­SEE — Florida State coach Leonard Hamil­ton said he hoped his team could learn from its mis­takes while still man­ag­ing to col­lect wins this sea­son.

The No. 22 Semi­noles lived up to those ex­pec­ta­tions Satur­day at the Don­ald L. Tucker Cen­ter, over­com­ing a rough shoot­ing per­for­mance against a top team to se­cure an 80-75 win over No. 16 Louisville in over­time.

Louisville (17-7) looked shaky to start the over­time pe­riod, with Jor­dan Nwora drib­bling off his foot and Dwayne Sut­ton miss­ing a jumper.

FSU (18-5) re­mained ag­gres­sive and got to the rim, draw­ing six fouls in over­time and quickly go­ing on an 8-0 run.

Louisville even­tu­ally cut the lead to one af­ter a three­p­oint play by Chris­ten Cun­ning­ham, but Trent For­rest and MJ Walker’s four free throws in the last 30 sec­onds iced the game.

The Semi­noles knocked down 11 of 12 free throws in over­time and Louisville head coach Chris Mack said af­ter­ward FSU “just wore us down.”

Mfiondu Kaben­gele led the Semi­noles with 22 points and seven re­bounds dur­ing a phys­i­cal game that saw the red­shirt sopho­more ab­sorb a lot of con­tact down low. Kaben­gele said the Semi­noles wel­comed the bruis­ing matchup.

“It was great. We thrive on the phys­i­cal­ity; we have very phys­i­cal prac­tices,” he said. “A team like that I rec­og­nize be­cause Chris Mack and his for­mer Xavier team were very phys­i­cal, es­pe­cially, I re­mem­ber, in the [NCAA] tour­na­ment. So we were pre­pared for that and knew what they were go­ing to do.”

Ter­ance Mann fin­ished Florida State's Mfiondu Kaben­gele cel­e­brates af­ter hit­ting a 3-pointer Satur­day against No. 16 Louisville.

with 20 points, For­rest with

15 and five steals, and Walker chipped in 11 points

The Semi­noles strug­gled again early on, shoot­ing just

9 of 31 from the field and 3 of

13 from 3-point ter­ri­tory. They would pull that aver­age up in the sec­ond half, shoot­ing 12 of 24 over­all and

4 of 10 from long range. The im­proved shoot­ing helped FSU chip away at a

10-point lead the Car­di­nals built with about 10 min­utes re­main­ing in the game and tie the score at 63-63.

Hamil­ton said he felt FSU played bet­ter de­fense down the stretch. The Semi­noles forced 23 Louisville turnovers and scored 32 points off them.

“It was one of those ball games that could’ve gone ei­ther way,” Hamil­ton said. “I thought in the sec­ond half we be­came a lot more ag­gres­sive on the de­fen­sive end and were able to force some turnovers that led to some op­por­tu­ni­ties that we were not get­ting in the first half.”

Mann said stick­ing to the game plan paid off as the Semi­noles over­came their first-half shoot­ing slump.

Tied at 65-65, Louisville missed a jumper, giv­ing FSU one last chance to end the game. Phil Cofer grabbed the de­fen­sive re­bound and, rather than wait for the time­out to be called, took it the down the court him­self.

How­ever, his long

3-pointer was off the mark.

STEVEN CAN­NON/AP

GERRY BROOME/AP

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