Gill gains confidence with FSU game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - University of Louisville sophomore Anton Gill broke out of a slump on Saturday with a 14-point effort in a win against Florida State. Gill hit 4 of 4 from three-point range against the Seminoles gave the Cardinals' a huge lift off the bench.

University of Louisville sophomore Anton Gill had only scored a total of 15 points during the first 15 games of ACC competition.

The 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Hargrave Military Academy had only logged double-digit minutes in four games since before Christmas. But the U of L coaches and his teammates remained confident that Gill could help the team.

"He can be the difference-maker," Terry Rozier, who played with Gill for a season at Hargrave, has said several times in recent weeks about Gill.

And finally on Saturday, Gill came through like others had predicted. He hit 5 of 5 from the field, including all four three-pointers, and scored 14 points in 12 minutes as the Cardinals rolled over Florida State 81-59.

"He gave us a big lift," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "He was patient. He didn't force things and that's what we wanted to see. And he deserves it because he's practiced very well. He's been practicing real hard.

Gill had been struggling with his confidence, hitting just 1 of 13 from three-point range since the Western Kentucky game in mid-December. He had missed his last seven attempts and was only hitting 17.1 percent on the season from long range.

"Its been frustrating," Gill said. "It was tough not playing like I can. I knew I could do it, I just had to keep working. This is a big confidence builder."

With the loss of Chris Jones for the rest of the season, Gill said he knew the entire team had to "step it up," for the rest of the way.

"That's going to be big, who steps up," he said. "We all have to play better but I know that I can do it. I hope this will help push me over the top."

Gill was on fire from outside but he also fouled out and didn't have a rebound, assist or steal in the game against the Seminoles.

I want to see him do other things in a very active defensive situation," Pitino said. "If he does that then he doesn't have to get taken out of the game if he's not shooting well."

Rozier is one who thinks that Gill can be that guy for the Cardinals.

"No question about it," he said. "I know what Anton can do. We need a third guard who steps up and he can be that guy for us."

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