The Seminoles shot 69 percent in the second half and didn't miss a shot for the first 10 minutes, part of a 56-point outburst over the final 20 minutes that lifted the ‘Noles past the Pack 84-71 on Saturday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee.
The 84-point performance was the highest scoring output for the Seminoles in ACC play since a double-overtime game against Clemson three years ago. For the game Florida State shot 54 percent from the floor and hit 83 percent of its free throws – getting 19 points from the charity stripe.
The Pack shot 39 percent from the floor and hit 6-of-15 from behind the arc and only made 68 percent of its free throws. They committed 16 turnovers and had just nine assists. The Pack did manage to keep the ‘Noles off the boards, out-rebounding the Seminoles 34-29 and getting 15 offensive rebounds on 38 missed shots.
Four Pack players scored in double figures on the afternoon, led by Tracy Smith's 19 points – 17 of which came in the second half. Ryan Harrow got his first start as a collegiate player and scored 17 points while going a perfect 8-for-8 from the line. Scott Wood added 10 points and CJ Leslie scored 10 points and had nine rebounds. Richard Howell had just four points but pulled down seven offensive rebounds and 10 boards overall.
The Florida State defense frustrated the Pack for much of the first half while the Seminoles were able to get inside and score against the Pack defense. The Seminoles made just two jump shots the entire half but were able to score 28 points on a variety of dunks and lay-ups.
The Pack shot just 26 percent in the first half, making just eight field goals and hitting 2-of-6 from behind the arc. They also committed 10 turnovers to go with its eight turnovers, dishing out just one assist over the first 20 minutes.
The Seminoles shot 41 percent from the floor despite a 0-for-6 performance from 3-point range thanks in large part to its ability to score inside the paint. The Pack did win the rebounding battle, holding the Seminoles to just three offensive rebounds on 17 misses while grabbing seven offensive boards on its 22 misses. Javi Gonzalez hit a 3-pointer in the final minute of the half to pull the Seminole's lead back to single-digits, 28-19 going into the locker room.
Both offenses picked up in the second half, but the Pack couldn't do enough to slow down the ‘Noles. Florida State hit its first eight shots from the field and its first six free throws, building its lead to 18 points halfway through the half.
The Seminoles were able to cruise through the final 10 minutes as the Pack never made a serious run. The Pack now has to turn around and face top-ranked Duke, who also lost in Tallahassee this week, at home in Raleigh on Wednesday.