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No.3 Florida State defeats No. 11 FGCU 86-80

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Florida State made the most of its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012, beat a Sunshine State opponent.

The third-seeded Seminoles held off No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast 86-80 in a West Region game Thursday night despite some sloppy play that allowed a late double-digit lead to disappear. The Seminoles made some clutch free throws and came up with just enough stops in the waning moments to spoil the Eagles' upset bid.

''There is some satisfaction because we won,'' said Dwayne Bacon, who led the Seminoles with 25 points. ''All that other stuff, how the game looked, that doesn't matter when you win.''

The victory sets up a second round matchup between the Seminoles and No. 11 seed Xavier on Saturday. FSU knows it must play better if it doesn't want to be the next upset for the Musketeers, who stunned No. 6 Maryland earlier Thursday night.

The Seminoles missed some free throws down the stretch Thursday that helped create some drama at the end.

''When we hit our free throws, we don't have an issue,'' said FSU coach Leonard Hamilton, whose team improved to 26-8. ''We didn't shoot free throws very well down the stretch, and if you don't knock those free throws down, you put yourself in position where this stuff can happen. It makes everything look bad.''

It marred a narrative in which the Seminoles dominated a game with two athletic teams that get up and down the floor and finish well around the rim. The Seminoles beat the team known as ''Dunk City'' at its own game most of the night.

The crowd was mostly behind the Seminoles with many fans making the trip from the north part of the state.

Both teams like to dominate the paint, but the Eagles found that hard to do with 7-foot-1 Michael Ojo and 7-4 Christ Koumadje taking turns protecting the rim. That forced FGCU to rely heavily on its perimeter shooting, which wasn't the Eagles strength Thursday night.

The Seminoles had nine blocked shots on the night while holding the Eagles to 29 percent shooting from 3-point range and 41 percent from the field. FSU shot nearly 56 percent from the field while shooting primarily high-percentage shots.

Brandon Goodwin led the Eagles with 28 points and Zach Johnson added 17.

''It's hard to simulate what (the Seminoles) do,'' said FGCU coach Joe Dooley, whose team ends its season at 26-8. ''You can't simulate height and length and athleticism like they have.''

In addition Bacon, FSU got big production from Jonathan Isaac (17 points and 10 rebounds) along with Terance Mann (11 points) and Xavier Rathan-Mayes (10).

WINNING WAYS

FSU now has three consecutive opening game wins in the NCAA Tournament and its ninth first-round win in 15 NCAA appearances.

TOURNAMENT REGULARS

Florida Gulf Coast was in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in five years. FGCU made it to the Sweet 16 in 2013.

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Key Players
B. Goodwin
X. Rathan-Mayes
27.4 Min. Per Game 27.4
10.4 Pts. Per Game 10.4
4.8 Ast. Per Game 4.8
3.0 Reb. Per Game 3.0
51.2 Field Goal % 45.2
35.3 Three Point % 32.8
79.1 Free Throw % 53.5
  Offensive rebound by Florida Gulf Coast 0.0
  Brandon Goodwin missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 1 Xavier Rathan-Mayes made 2nd of 2 free throws 6.0
  Xavier Rathan-Mayes missed 1st of 2 free throws 6.0
  Personal foul on Rayjon Tucker 6.0
+ 1 Rayjon Tucker made 3rd of 3 free throws 8.0
  Full timeout called 8.0
+ 1 Rayjon Tucker made 2nd of 3 free throws 8.0
+ 1 Rayjon Tucker made 1st of 3 free throws 8.0
  Shooting foul on Terance Mann 8.0
  Offensive rebound by Zach Johnson 8.0
Team Stats
Points 80 86
Field Goals 29-70 (41.4%) 30-54 (55.6%)
3-Pointers 8-28 (28.6%) 2-13 (15.4%)
Free Throws 14-20 (70.0%) 24-39 (61.5%)
Total Rebounds 26 46
Offensive 4 6
Defensive 17 34
Team 5 6
Assists 18 16
Steals 6 9
Blocks 1 9
Turnovers 10 16
Fouls 23 19
Technicals 0 0
28 PTS, 1 REB, 7 AST
25 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo 14 FGCU 26-8 364480
home team logo 3 Florida St. 26-8 404686
Team Stats
away team logo 14 FGCU 26-8 71.3 PPG 35.8 RPG 14.0 APG
home team logo 3 Florida St. 26-8 74.9 PPG 40.3 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
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B. Goodwin G PPG RPG APG FG%
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D. Bacon G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
B. Goodwin G 28 PTS 1 REB 7 AST
D. Bacon G 25 PTS 9 REB 2 AST
41.4 FG% 55.6
28.6 3PT FG% 15.4
70.0 FT% 61.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Goodwin 28 1 7 12/27 2/10 2/2 4 38 1 0 5 0 1
Z. Johnson 17 4 5 5/16 3/9 4/5 3 33 2 0 2 2 2
M. Norelia 9 6 3 3/8 0/0 3/5 2 32 0 0 1 1 5
C. Terrell 9 0 3 3/8 2/6 1/2 3 29 1 0 2 0 0
D. Morant 5 5 0 2/3 0/0 1/3 0 18 0 0 0 0 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Goodwin 28 1 7 12/27 2/10 2/2 4 38 1 0 5 0 1
Z. Johnson 17 4 5 5/16 3/9 4/5 3 33 2 0 2 2 2
M. Norelia 9 6 3 3/8 0/0 3/5 2 32 0 0 1 1 5
C. Terrell 9 0 3 3/8 2/6 1/2 3 29 1 0 2 0 0
D. Morant 5 5 0 2/3 0/0 1/3 0 18 0 0 0 0 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Tucker 8 0 0 2/5 1/2 3/3 1 17 1 1 0 0 0
K. Mickle 2 4 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 4 15 1 0 0 1 3
A. Simmons 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 15 0 0 0 0 1
R. Reid 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
J. Ko - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Mahoney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bleecher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Carlyle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Feikners - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Scott Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 21 18 29/70 8/28 14/20 23 200 6 1 10 4 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Bacon 25 9 2 11/17 0/3 3/4 0 34 2 0 3 0 9
J. Isaac 17 10 5 5/8 1/3 6/9 2 34 2 3 2 0 10
T. Mann 11 5 0 3/5 0/0 5/7 4 26 0 0 1 1 4
X. Rathan-Mayes 10 5 5 2/7 1/4 5/10 1 33 1 0 3 2 3
M. Ojo 6 2 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 4 11 1 2 2 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Bacon 25 9 2 11/17 0/3 3/4 0 34 2 0 3 0 9
J. Isaac 17 10 5 5/8 1/3 6/9 2 34 2 3 2 0 10
T. Mann 11 5 0 3/5 0/0 5/7 4 26 0 0 1 1 4
X. Rathan-Mayes 10 5 5 2/7 1/4 5/10 1 33 1 0 3 2 3
M. Ojo 6 2 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 4 11 1 2 2 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Koumadje 7 3 0 3/4 0/0 1/2 1 21 2 4 1 1 2
C. Walker 4 0 0 1/2 0/0 2/4 1 7 0 0 0 0 0
P. Cofer 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 1 0 2
T. Forrest 2 1 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 2 1 0
B. Angola-Rodas 2 3 3 0/2 0/1 2/3 1 11 0 0 0 0 3
J. Smith 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0
P. Savoy 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 2 1 0 1 0 0
B. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kabengele - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Light - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 86 40 16 30/54 2/13 24/39 19 200 9 9 16 6 34