Florida State beat Florida 65-63 forward Jacob Kurtz tipped in a Devin Bookert miss with .4 seconds remaining in the game. Neither team played very well on offense combining to shoot 47-113 from the field. It was the first time Florida State has beaten the rival Gators since 2008.
Neither team started off well, with the first points not coming 2:24 seconds into the game. Florida pulled out to a 20-13 lead with 6:35 left in the first half, but the Seminoles would fight back to take a 26-24 lead at the half. Xavier Rathan-Mayes led the Seminoles with 9 points at the half.
Florida State came out of the half hot, but Florida went on a 12-1 run to take a 40-35 lead with 13:36 left in the game. Florida State followed that up with their own 14-2 run to take a 7 point lead with just over 8 minutes left. The Gators would fight back and tie the game at 63 with 2.6 seconds left as Florida State called timeout.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes got the ball into Florida State’s best three-point shooter, Devin Bookert, with plenty of time left. Bookert took his shot, but it hit off the rim. Fortunately for the Seminoles, Florida forward Jacob Kurtz tipped the miss back into the basket giving the Seminoles a 65-63 lead with .4 seconds left. Florida would get the inbounds pass and a shot off, but it was well wide of the goal.
Montay Brandon led the Seminoles with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Devin Bookert added 12 points. Florida State did a great job of getting to the line going 17-25 compared to Florida’s 7-13. The Seminoles also forced 17 Florida turnovers, a season high for them.
Florida State improves to 8-5 on the season while the Gators fall to 7-5. The Seminoles will travel to Mississippi State to take on the Bulldogs on Friday.