XAVIER
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No. 11 Xavier upsets No. 3 FSU, 91-66, in second round

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Xavier Musketeers didn't have the regular season they hoped to have. They are making up for it now.

The 11th-seeded Musketeers dominated third-seeded Florida State 91-66 during Saturday's second round of the NCAA Tournament. Their second upset in the West Region put them back into the regional semifinal round for the second time in two years and eighth time in program history.

''I'm so excited for the guys next to me and the guys in the locker room. They earned it,'' Xavier coach Chris Mack said from the post-game podium. ''Our team's gone through a lot of adversity this year, and we stayed the course.''

But the Musketeers (23-13) found little adversity Saturday as they dominated the bigger and more athletic Seminoles throughout the game. Trevon Bluiett led Xavier with 29 points while Kaiser Gates came off the bench to add 14.

Xavier, which knocked off No. 6 Maryland in the first round, hit big shots on perimeter and then forced FSU to try to shoot long range by sitting in a 2-3 zone much of the game. Led by Gates' four 3-pointers, the Musketeers converted 11 of 17 from beyond the arc, nearly 65 percent shooting.

The Seminoles, meanwhile, hit just 4 of 21 3-point attempts as they struggled to make up ground.

''We've been a very inconsistent 3-point shooting team this year, and obviously they knew that, and they packed it in,'' said FSU coach Leonard Hamilton, whose team finished second in the ACC this season. ''We determined that if we were going to win the game we were going to have to hit from the perimeter, and they did a good job of denying.''

Xavier knew the Seminoles like to slash to the basket and get out on fast breaks in transition. The Musketeers made it difficult for FSU to get into its comfort zone by playing zone and also by limiting their turnovers to just nine to force the Seminoles to have to play half-court offense.

Dwayne Bacon led FSU with 20 points but he was 0 for 5 from 3-point range. Xavier Rathan-Mayes was the only Seminoles starter to convert a 3-pointer.

The Musketeers, meanwhile, got production on the perimeter from several different areas with Bluiett also knocking down three 3s. But Xavier also dominated inside, outscoring the Florida State 27-17 in the paint with Sean O'Mara coming off the bench to contribute 11 points.

Xavier's bench outscored the Seminoles' 27-17.

''That's the great thing about his team is we've got a lot of guys who can play,'' said J.P. Macura, who had 10 points and five assists. ''If somebody is not stepping up, another person is.''

DOMINANT FIRST HALF

After leading by as many as 15 points in the first half, Xavier went into halftime with a 44-34 lead over the Seminoles.

The Musketeers knocked down five 3-pointers during the first half compared to just one by FSU, but the biggest difference was their success inside against a much taller opponent.

SLOW START

The Seminoles didn't get the production they expected from their bigs during the first half. Michael Ojo didn't take a shot and had two rebounds and no blocks for the game and Christ Koumadje had no points and no blocks for the game.

UP NEXT

Xavier will take on the winner of Saint Mary's-Arizona game in the regional semifinals in the West.

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Key Players
T. Bluiett
X. Rathan-Mayes
27.5 Min. Per Game 27.5
10.4 Pts. Per Game 10.4
4.9 Ast. Per Game 4.9
3.1 Reb. Per Game 3.1
44.2 Field Goal % 45.3
37.7 Three Point % 32.3
75.3 Free Throw % 53.0
  Offensive rebound by Alex Bergen 28.0
  Tim Stainbrook missed 3-pt. jump shot 30.0
  Offensive rebound by Xavier 35.0
  Leighton Schrand missed layup, blocked by Brandon Allen 37.0
  30-second timeout called 43.0
  Defensive rebound by Sean O'Mara 51.0
  Braian Angola-Rodas missed layup 53.0
  Defensive rebound by Braian Angola-Rodas 57.0
  RaShid Gaston missed jump shot 59.0
  Defensive rebound by Kaiser Gates 1:27
  Braian Angola-Rodas missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:29
Team Stats
Points 91 66
Field Goals 30-54 (55.6%) 24-60 (40.0%)
3-Pointers 11-17 (64.7%) 4-21 (19.0%)
Free Throws 20-26 (76.9%) 14-19 (73.7%)
Total Rebounds 36 33
Offensive 4 10
Defensive 25 21
Team 7 2
Assists 20 10
Steals 4 7
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 9 9
Fouls 20 24
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
5
T. Bluiett G
29 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
home team logo
4
D. Bacon G
20 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo11 Xavier 23-13 444791
home team logo3 Florida State 26-9343266
Team Stats
away team logo11 Xavier 23-13 74.6 PPG 40.6 RPG 14.7 APG
home team logo3 Florida State 26-9 82.1 PPG 40.5 RPG 14.6 APG
Key Players
5
T. Bluiett G 18.5 PPG 5.7 RPG 2.1 APG 43.8 FG%
00
D. Bacon G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
5
T. Bluiett G 29 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
4
D. Bacon G 20 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
55.6 FG% 40.0
64.7 3PT FG% 19.0
76.9 FT% 73.7
Xavier
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Bluiett 36 29 6 3 0 0 2 3 8/14 3/5 10/14 1 5
T. Jones 17 13 4 1 0 0 1 3 6/7 0/0 1/1 2 2
J. Macura 30 10 2 5 2 0 1 2 4/10 2/3 0/0 0 2
M. Bernard 25 6 5 1 0 0 1 3 2/3 1/2 1/1 0 5
Q. Goodin 34 6 1 5 1 0 2 4 2/8 1/1 1/3 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Bluiett 36 29 6 3 0 0 2 3 8/14 3/5 10/14 1 5
T. Jones 17 13 4 1 0 0 1 3 6/7 0/0 1/1 2 2
J. Macura 30 10 2 5 2 0 1 2 4/10 2/3 0/0 0 2
M. Bernard 25 6 5 1 0 0 1 3 2/3 1/2 1/1 0 5
Q. Goodin 34 6 1 5 1 0 2 4 2/8 1/1 1/3 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Gates 30 14 5 2 0 0 1 1 5/6 4/5 0/0 0 5
S. O'Mara 21 11 5 3 1 3 1 2 2/2 0/0 7/7 0 5
R. Gaston 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
T. Stainbrook 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
A. Bergen 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0
C. Barr 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. Peterson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
L. Schrand 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
Total 200 91 29 20 4 3 9 20 30/54 11/17 20/26 4 25
Florida State
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Bacon 34 20 5 3 1 0 2 2 9/18 0/5 2/2 2 3
X. Rathan-Mayes 33 16 7 3 1 0 4 4 7/15 1/5 1/3 3 4
J. Isaac 33 8 12 1 1 1 0 5 4/7 0/1 0/1 1 11
M. Ojo 15 4 2 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 4/4 1 1
T. Mann 20 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 0/2 0/2 1/2 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Bacon 34 20 5 3 1 0 2 2 9/18 0/5 2/2 2 3
X. Rathan-Mayes 33 16 7 3 1 0 4 4 7/15 1/5 1/3 3 4
J. Isaac 33 8 12 1 1 1 0 5 4/7 0/1 0/1 1 11
M. Ojo 15 4 2 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 4/4 1 1
T. Mann 20 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 0/2 0/2 1/2 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
P. Savoy 14 10 0 0 3 0 0 2 2/5 2/4 4/5 0 0
B. Angola-Rodas 11 5 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/5 1/3 2/2 0 1
J. Smith 7 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 1
B. Allen 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
P. Cofer 9 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 0
C. Koumadje 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
T. Forrest 9 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. Walker 9 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 0
M. Kabengele - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Light - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 66 31 10 7 3 9 24 24/60 4/21 14/19 10 21