Syracuse used an incredible shooting night to dominate Florida State 85-72. The loss breaks a four game winning streak for the Seminoles.
Florida State struggled on the defensive end all night and allowed the Orange to shoot 62.0 percent from the field. Syracuse hadn't shot over 50 percent in any game this season. The Seminoles were on the opposite end of the spectrum. Florida State shot just 41.3 percent from the field. It wasn't just an off night from the field. Florida State shot just 54.5 percent from the free throw line.
Malik Beasley, Dwayne Bacon, Devon Bookert and Xavier Rathan-Mayes were in double figures for the Seminoles. Beasley and Bookert led the Seminoles with 14 points while Bacon added 11. 21 of Beasley and Bacon's 25 points came in the first half. Rathan-Mayes added 10 as well.
Syracuse out rebounded the Seminoles 35-28. The 2-3 zone did what it was supposed to against Florida State forcing 15 turnovers. The Orange were also better in the transition game, something that has been the strength of the Seminoles, until the game was out of hand. They held Florida State to just 14 transition points.
The Seminoles fall to 16-8 and 6-6 in the ACC. Florida State will return home to take on No. 12 Miami at 6:30 PM on February 14th. The game will be broadcast by ESPNU.