Florida State fell to Nebraska 70-65 on Monday night. The Seminoles trailed by 16 at halftime and battled their way back to within one point before Nebraska put the game away. Florida State played extremely poor in the first half, shooting just 28-percent from the field and 0-percent from the three-point line. The Nebraska zone was really causing trouble for the Florida State offense and the Seminoles weren’t able to find any answers.
Florida State came out firing in the second half scoring 44 points and shooting 51.7-percent from the field while holding Nebraska to just 33 points and 40-percent shooting. The Huskers spent most of the game in foul trouble, and their leading scorer, Terran Petteway, fouled out with 2:25 left in the game. Tarin Smith’s only three points of the game came at a critical time and put the game out of reach.
Florida State finished the game shooting 40.7-percent from the field, 11.1 percent from the three point line, and 59.4 percent from the free throw line. The Seminoles missed 16 three pointers and 13 free throws, and that is what was the difference in the game.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes led Florida State with 17 points and 6 assists, but did have 7 critical turnovers. All 17 of his points were scored in the second half. Unfortunately for the Seminoles, it took Rathan-Mayes 17 shots to acquire his 17 points. 11 of those 17 shots were three pointers, of which he made just 2.
Boris Bojanovsky was a bright spot for the Seminoles collecting his first double-double of the season. Bojanovsky had 10 points and 10 rebounds on 5-5 shooting from the field. Michael Ojo and Kiel Turpin also played well combining for 11 points and 7 rebounds.
Aaron Thomas returned to the court after missing the last three and a half games due to an unspecified injury. Thomas finished the game with 11 points in 29 minutes of play.
Florida State falls to 3-4 on the season and will host Nebraska on Saturday December 6th.