FLORIDA STATE 66, ST. BONAVENTURE 63
How St. Bonaventure lost: After Andrew Nicholson went off for 12 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting Florida State apparently had enough. As the Seminoles defenders hovered around Nicholson, the Bonnies star was just 3- of 12 in the second half for eight points. Then in the final minute Okaro White became a force.
Player of the Game: White’s stat line is non-descript (nine points, three rebounds) but his three stretched the ‘Noles lead to six with a minute left and his tap out of a missed Dulkys Deividas free throw with 25.2 seconds left enabled Florida State to stick another free throw with 22.4 seconds remaining for a three-point lead.
Player of the Game II: Bernard James arms are longer than Mario Williams contract which helped score 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting and grab nine rebounds.
Stat Check: Florida State was billed as long and athletic, but Bona outrebounded the ‘Noles, 37-31.
Shut ‘em down: The Bonnies held Florida State leading scorer Michael Snaer without a basket for the first time in his career.
Play of the Game: White’s three-pointer.
Play of the Game II: White’s tap out of a missed free throw.
He said it: “I think they outplayed us today but we dug deep and we came back together as a team and we won.’’ – Florida State guard Deividas Dulkys.
In the House: 11,751 at Bridgestone Arena, about 2,000 filled with extremely loud St. Bonaventure fans.
What It Means: Even with a loss, St. Bonaventure basketball is back.
What's Next: End of season.