Box Points: Florida State 73, Purdue 72 Never doubt. Well, that may not be true. The Florida State was down…
Box Points: Florida State 73, Purdue 72
Well, that may not be true. The Florida State was down eight with less than four minutes to go on Wednesday night. And it seemed that Seminoles was about to release his second straight game this season.
Then they stormed back. More specifically, they locked down Purdue over the final 3:43, which did not allow a single point when they closed the game on a 9-0 run to win 73-72 at the Civic Center.
“The last six or seven minutes I thought our defense picked up,” said FSU’s head coach Leonard Hamilton. “We could get some deflections and steal and we did some play down the line to pull out a victory against a very good basketball team. “
Trent Forrest hit the match winner 5.2 seconds and then cemented the victory with a steal. It was his only basket of the second half. It was the second victory in three matches where Seminoles (6-1
) stormed back last minute to beat a ranking team – they beat LSU in overtime at Advocare Invitational in Orlando.
“We are never in panic mode,” said FSU senior Terance Mann, who had nine points in the victory. “It’s who we are. We’ve been in as many matches as before. “
MJ Walker scored all 13 of his score in the second half to lead Seminoles. Forrest and David Nichols both finished nine points.
Purdue, who beat 7 of his first 8 3 pointers in the second half, led by Carsen Edwards 24 points. But the junior star was only 7 out of 19 from the floor and 3 out of 10 from 3. He also missed two critical free throws in the last minutes.
Ryan Cline was 7 of 11 out of 3 in the match to finish 21 points. He beat his first four 3 pointers by half, because Boilermakers made a 12-point half-time card in an eight-point lead.
It appeared that the seminoles were made after Evan Boudreaux’s 3-point game with just over four minutes left.
Purdue was up 8.
Purdue did not score again.
And Florida State made the last nine points in the game – two in free throw by Christ Koumadje, five of Walker (on a 3 pointer and two free throws ) and finally the last two on Forrest’s game-winning shot.
“It was just a game for me to get a handoff. We’ve driven it a couple of times this year,” Forrest said. “I knew that the guy would probably cut off me early so that was when I just walked over and took the little float there”.
It was the second last second shot this year for Forrest, who also tied up LSU games last weekend last weekend to send it to overtime.
“I guess I love playing with the game on the line and the ball in my hands,” Forrest said.
After a 44-point first half, where they build the lead to as much as 16, Seminoles fought strongly over the last 20 minutes. They made only 29 points, made 9 baskets and made 10 sales.
The last of them came from Forrest, who threw an unapproved cross court pass with 26 seconds left and the chance to take the lead. But he made a change by hooking up Cline for a jump ball by 14 seconds left.
It was only the beginning of his hero that Seminoles finished with yet another coming behind victory.
“Even when we’re down we know who we are,” Walker said. “We continued to fight back and we won the game.”
It was the 28th straight home without a seminar for Seminoles, playing again on Monday night against Troy.