FSU Survives OT vs Boston U: 3 Game-Changing Plays
Well, that was…something. Florida State was in control of most of the game, but Boston is a very experienced team that wouldn’t let go. Every time FSU gets 2 baskets, Boston answers with a 3 or 1 key. Then the last minute was just a brutal execution of the state of Florida. Up 69-61 with 0:48 left, here’s the game left.
2 Made FT Mathon 69-63 0:41
Fletcher Front End FT Error 0:32
Make 3 McCoy 69-66 0:23
2 Made by FT Mills 71-66 0:16
2 feet FT Morales 71-68 0:06
Polite FT Miss Front Front 0:05
Foot 3 Morales 71-71 0:00
This is a terrible execution. At one point to finish the second half and start in overtime, the Boston U were in the 14-2 round. This is unforgivable. But an ugly win is better than a big loss, and now FSU is getting some much-needed time to prepare for Purdue.
Before getting to the plays, some points box notes.
Score box notes
First, the performance record: Florida State’s 12 consecutive overtime wins is a college basketball record, and frankly, an impressive record. I wish you didn’t need him against the Boston U.
Boston’s attack gave FSU some spells in this game. They turned their groups very high and really spread out, which prevented FSU from helping unless from really far away. It led to open kicks that ‘Noles can recover in more than once, but FSU has been in their wake defensively for much of this game, and with Boston shown shooting 48.2% from the ground, by far the most allowed by the FSU this season. (Previously it was Ben who shot 39.7%). They were fine from 3 on 9/27, they made just in time and made their free throws (17/20).
The thing that happened with Boston was that there were a lot of players in the rotation who were killing Florida State. Daman Tate had a two-point aggregate all season as this match started; He finished with a score of 12. Anthony Morales has never made a free throw in his career, however he hit two clutches with 6 seconds left and hit a 3 with the time out. Ethan Brittain-Watts entered the game with 8 points in the season and scored 9. We’d expect players like Javante McCoy to have some numbers, and he did with 22 points, but when it’s the deep end of the bench you’re sometimes just charging it into the game.
Florida was doing okay too, shooting 47.6% of the ground, 40% of the 3, and 75% of the FT line (it should be 68.2% really because not having a front end of 1 and 1 is basically two mistakes). Their turnover wasn’t, they only had 12 compared to Boston’s 19. They were never able to pull out of Boston, and it was Thirteenth About its cost. Can’t get breakpoints when necessary, will roll back occasionally… There are just a few things to clean up before Purdue.
Matthew Cleveland was the champ tonight with the game winner, but he also had 17 career points, while hitting 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and stealing. What people will talk about most is holding back from winning the game, but this is another time this season that the inexperienced player is not shy about this moment.
Caleb Mills had his best game since coming to Tallahassee, and also scored 17 points, but added 5 assists and 5 steals to boot. His hands are very active defensively, and not enough defensive capabilities are being talked about coming from Houston. He’ll be diverted to the big ball and stripped away when the big drops it, and he’s in the passing lanes, which is exactly what Florida State needs. And one night RayQuan Evans wasn’t in Florida, he handled the ball a lot, too.
Malik Osborne was in second place again with 10 points and 7 rebounds, and missed most of the first half with some trouble (Harrison Prieto played well in his place). He’s very important to this team, and I’m glad he’s starting to collect some numbers.
Cameron Fletcher was also in double figures with 11 points and 5 rebounds, but he also scored the worst +/- on the team at -13 in 27 minutes. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but he didn’t seem to breastfeed well, was slipping all over the place, and got hit on the back door a few times. His energy is contagious and demanding, it’s surprising to see that -13.
Anthony Bullitt played 39 minutes high for the team, which is a rarity for Leonard Hamilton’s team, and finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, a block and only one turn despite playing a lot of guarding. His last 5 seconds in the second half were a rough stretch, missing the front end one and one and not sloppy despite his 3 lead, but he was solid overall. Oh, and did I mention his only group? crazy.
Scenario: Boston Connect 3
Let’s talk about that…
First of all, a shocking miss from Polite on the FT. Hardly hit the right side of the ledge. Hence, the decision not to infringe is certainly questionable. It could have been smart play, but instead FSU lives with the score.
And man, what a shot of Morales. Shot him sideways, hand in the face. It doesn’t get any tougher than that, although there should have been a much better implementation.
Scenario: FSU steals inside passes in overtime
Matthew Cleveland cleaning up this mess is just a harbinger of what’s to come, I think. FSU can’t really score in the OT. They finally got one after a tough lightning throw of Polite after a timeout, and then this mess happened. I don’t know why or how the Boston player started falling while catching the ball, but it did something positive for FSU. I felt so much when MJ Walker did it against Louisville two seasons ago.
Screenplay: Matthew Cleveland Game Winner
This is double the sequence as you can see. The offense seemed quite minor despite being as low as 1.
Credit Matthew Cleveland for cleaning up the mess, but there has to be at least some kind of work, not isolation in transition. I know people will shout “Why didn’t we release the timeout???” In some situations, you’d prefer to go before the defense is set. When Malik Osborne pulled the ball 9 seconds before the end of the match, there was probably a timeout.
Florida is getting 6 days off to get ready for next Tuesday’s game Bordeaux at 7 p.m. as part of the B1G/ACC Challenge, arguably their toughest game of the season.